Friends and Partners

Learn more about the Portland Parks & Recreation friends and partnership programs.

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Due to staff transition, the Adopt-A-Bench Program is temporarily on hiatus until further notice. We acknowledge how meaningful this program is and apologize for any disappointment this may cause. 

Adopt-A-Rose Bed

Due to staff transition, the Adopt-A-Rose Bed Program is temporarily on hiatus until further notice. We acknowledge how meaningful this program is and apologize for any disappointment this may cause. 

Friends and Partners Directory

Native American Community Advisory Council (NACAC)

Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants

Habitat Restoration, Land Acquisition, Neighborhood Livability, and Urban Transformation grants offered through Metro. For more information, please visit Metro Nature in Neighbodhoods Capital Grants.

Park Project Proposal Process

The community-initiated Parks Project Proposal process has been discontinued due to staffing limitations. There are other ways to engage in our parks systems. Please consider connecting with us as a volunteer. Thank you for your understanding. 

Portland Parks Board

The Portland Parks Board advocates for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design.

Portland Parks Foundation

The Portland Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that mobilizes financial and popular support for a thriving and accessible parks system for a healthy Portland.

Public/Private Agreements

Request for Expressions of Interest
Businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals are invited to form public-private agreements to carry out revenue-generating programs or capital-related activities supporting Portland Parks & Recreation's goals. Effective public-private agreements have the potential for not only mobilizing additional resources for park and recreation programs citywide, but also promoting greater effectiveness of those programs - helping us sustain a healthy park and recreation system.

While all partnership ideas will be considered, these are the current high priority areas:

  • Concessions in recreation or park facilities that improve the visitor experience
  • Recreation programming promoting physical activity
  • Capital improvements in park facilities that enhance the visitor experience
  • Programming river use and boating, as well as dock use
  • Development and operation of indoor recreation facilities (indoor soccer, tennis, etc.)
  • Installation of photovoltaic, solar water heater, and other renewable energy technologies at PP&R facilities. Potential PV sites have been identified at Multnomah Arts Center, Southwest Community Center, and Portland International Raceway.

Please review the Request for Expression of Interest - Public/Private Agreement Information document below, then submit your Expression of Interest using the online form.

Public-Private Agreement Expression of Interest Online Form

Questions? Please submit in writing via email or fax to:

Zalane Nunn, Assistant Property and Contracts Manager
Fax: 503-823-5229

Washington Park Transportation Management

Washington Park is one of the crown jewels of our nationally-recognized Portland Parks & Recreation system. The park suffers from problems, which have been widely recognized for two decades. We’re facing these challenges by reinvesting parking revenue into a variety of projects and programs that will benefit visitors, attractions, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

To find out the latest information about transportation and parking in Washington Park, please visit

To find general information about transportation and parking in all Portland Parks and Natural Areas, please visit our Parking Guide for Parks page.