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Gateway Discovery Park

Gateway Discovery Park Plaza
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Free Lunch Service

The Free Lunch + Play program runs Monday through Friday, 11 to 11:45am between June 24 and August 23 and serves youth 18 and under. 

2024 summer fun at Gateway Discovery Park

Drop-in Fun at Gateway Discovery Park, Monday through Friday this summer!

DateTimeWeekly drop-in activities

Monday through Friday, June 24 to Aug 23

(No program 7/4 or 7/5)

10am to 4pmFree Lunch + Play
Join us for free lunches (11 to 11:45am) plus free arts and crafts, games, and special events on the plaza. Free lunches are for youth 18 and under.
Mondays, June 24 through  August 1910am to 3pmTennis on the Go
Drop-in and play with foam balls and youth racquets on our portable nets.
Mondays, June 24 through  August 1911am to 1pmDJ Time with DJ George
Family friendly music while you play in the plaza and splash pad!
Tuesdays, July 2 through  August 20   11:30 to 11:45am, 12 to 12:45pmStorytime with Nikki Brown Clown
Wednesdays, June 26 through  August 2111:30am to 12:30pmPerformances for Youth and Families
See the detailed schedule below for weekly performers.

Thursdays, June 27 through  August 22

(No program 7/4)

11am to 3pmDrop-in games, crafts, and water play fun!

Fridays, June 28 through  August 23

(No program 7/5)

11am to 1pmDJ Time with DJ George
Family-friendly music while you play in the plaza and splash pad!

Special events for youth and families

DateTimeSpecial event
Wednesday, July 311:30am to 12:30pmAaron Nigel Smith
Bring the family to groove to the live musical blend of reggae and roots
Wednesday, July 1011:30am to 12:30pmDJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid
High-energy Bollywood/bhangra dance party. Learn a few South Asian dance moves
Wednesday, July 1711:30am to 12:30pmOlive and Dingo
Hilarious and joyful rockin' storytime
Saturday, July 20 11am to 1pmPeople of the Drum
Live music and drumming workshops by multicultural groups, including Mexica Tiahui, Alex Addy Drummers, Oregon Korean Performing Arts, and Portland Taiko
Wednesday, July 2411:30am to 12:30pmNathalia Palis
‘Mil Colores’ traditional Latin American sounds and rhythms
Wednesday, July 3111:30am to 12:30pmThe Awesome Possum Party Band
Feel-good family music project
Wednesday, August 711:30am to 12:30pmTeacher Brittany
Sing and dance in Spanish and English
Wednesday, August 1411am to 1pmPrismagic
Balloon animals and face painting - 11am to 12pm
Heartfelt aerialist performance - 12 to 1pm
Saturday, August 1712 to 5pmTonga Day Festival
Celebration honoring Tongan heritage through community, family, cultural performances, live music, and food
Wednesday, August 2111:30am to 12:30pmAaron Nigel Smith and Jubba White
Live reggae music with world-renowned Jamaican performer
Children dancing with DJ Anjali

Gateway Discovery Park rental and event manual

 Gateway Discovery Park is a positively activated plaza that has on-site staff during events and rentals to ensure the park is fun, safe, and welcoming for all!

  • Gateway Discovery Park is available for public and private rentals and events.
  • Our staff are actively involved in the coordination, education, and day of event site management to ensure your event goes smoothly, to familiarize you with the site, and to ensure rental policies and guidelines are followed.
  • We will work with you to customize your rental to our unique outdoor spaces and will do event meetings, site walk-throughs, and provide advice about the space.

Picnic Rentals

Gateway Discovery Park is now available for picnic rentals and more! To reserve a picnic area at Gateway Discovery Park, call (503) 823-2525 or click here to make a reservation online.

Rental and event use forms and applications

Tonga Day Dancers 2018

Rental applications are accepted up to 12 months in advance of load-in date.

Year acquired
Size in acres

In 2008, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) purchased three adjacent properties totaling 4.2 acres. PDC and PP&R currently share joint title of the parcels. Based on community input and previous planning efforts, it was determined that the now vacant site should become a 3.2 acre neighborhood park, and 1 acre of complementary mixed-use development. The park was constructed in part with funding from Prosper Portland (formerly the Portland Development Commission.) Harper's Playground participated in the design process and contributed funding to the Universally accessible play area.

Accessibility Notes


  • Street parking with designated ADA spaces
  • Paved pathway to play area
  • 50 feet to play area

Play Area

  • Universally accessible unitary play surfacing

Play Equipment

  • Universally accessible play equipment and play features
  • Universally-accessible adaptive swings and spin
  • Accessible sand and water play table
  • Nature discovery area
  • Sensory play elements
  • Accessible climbing structure

Other Amenities

  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible drinking fountains
  • Accessible picnic tables

Reservations available

  • Picnic site
  • Wedding site

Make a reservation through the customer service center

Park Location or Entrance

10520 NE Halsey Street
Portland, OR 97220

Open hours

Park hours: 5am-midnight
Splash pad: Open starting June 2022
To reserve a picnic area, view our picnic reservation page or call (503) 823-2525


Stephanie Madrid

Gateway Discovery Park Recreation Coordinator

Alicia Hammock

Recreation Supervisor | Summer Free For All Supervisor

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Play Area
Accessible Restroom
Universal Access Play Area
Nature-Based Play Area
Picnic Table
Skate Park
Paths (Paved)
Splash Pad

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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