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Gabriel Park

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Fitness in the Park

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.

A view of the Gabriel Park Nature Patch


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.

Gabriel Park Playground Project

Rendering of future playground shows bright blue and green surface with kids on swings and climbing a rock wall

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.

Accessibility Notes


  • Parking lot
  • 2 designated parking spaces
  • Paved pathway to play area with slight slope
  • 200 feet to play area

Play Area

  • Engineered mulch surface
  • Rubberized surface at transfer station
  • Ramp into play area

Play Equipment

  • Transfer station
  • Sensory play elements

Other Amenities

  • Accessible restroom
  • Accessible picnic table

Size in acres


Year acquired



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.

Reservations available

Picnic site

Park Location or Entrance

SW 45th Avenue and Vermont Street
Portland, OR 97219

In this Park Facility

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight.

Parking lot off SW Canby closed at 10:00pm. To reserve a sports field or picnic area, call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps & Info

Upcoming construction

Opening expected in winter 2021/22

News and notices

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Play Area
Accessible Restroom
BEECN – Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node
Nature Patch
Picnic Table
Skate Park
Fenced Dog off-leash Area
Paths (Paved)
Paths (Unpaved)
Baseball Field
Soccer Field
Softball Field
Basketball Court
Tennis Court (Lighted)
Volleyball Court

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