Gabriel Park is one of five parks hosting Parks & Recreation's Fitness in the Park. This exciting new program helps community members achieve their fitness goals while adhering to physical distancing recommendations and connecting to nature in our parks. All fitness levels are welcome. Complete details can be found on the Fitness in the Park page.
Gabriel Park Nature Patch
The Gabriel Park Nature Patch is a beautiful, ecologically diverse pollinator landscape.
Designed in partnership with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Gabriel Park Nature Patch includes native and ornamental flowering shrub beds with natural seating and habitat features. The nature patch, across from the community garden and orchard, overlooks a beautiful pollinator meadow to the north that has over thirty varieties of native forbs, grasses, and wildflowers to support native pollinators.
Help care for the Gabriel Park Nature Patch space
Email program coordinator Eric Rosewall to get learn about upcoming stewardship events at the Gabriel Park Nature Patch.
Learn more about Nature Patches in Portland
Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.
Constructed in 2008, the skatepark is 10,000 square feet, featuring 8,000 square feet of snake run and 2,000 square feet of unique perimeter features including a wallride, pump bumps, transition trench, and vert transition to slappy curb. The snake run includes a 9-ft-deep bowl with concrete coping and tractor seat; the midsection has three hips and a rolled lip design.
Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN)
A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (pronounced beacon) is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. More information can be found on the Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node page.
- Parking lot
- 2 designated parking spaces
- Paved pathway to play area with slight slope
- 200 feet to play area
- Engineered mulch surface
- Rubberized surface at transfer station
- Ramp into play area
- Transfer station
- Sensory play elements
- Accessible restroom
- Accessible picnic table
Size in acres
Swiss immigrant Ulrich Gabriel arrived in 1890 and eventually bought and farmed property south of what is now Vermont Street, and operated the Pine Creek Dairy. He raised corn, wheat, and potatos, but his main income came from his dairy herd.
In October 1950, the city purchased an 87-acre tract of land featuring two small creeks and wooded areas between Vermont and Canby Streets for $120,000. Part of the property, referred to as Gabriel Acres, gave the park its name.