Gateway Discovery Park

Gateway Discovery Park Plaza
Gateway Discovery Park is Portland's newest Urban Park. The grand opening on August 4, 2018, was a celebration of our partnership with Prosper Portland, Harper's Playground, and the community to bring inclusive play and wonderful gathering areas to one of Portland’s most park-deprived neighborhoods.
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Programs and Events
The goal of Gateway Discovery Park is to provide free, equitable, and safe programming in collaboration with the community. A recreation coordinator is assigned to the park and coordinates programs, events, rentals, and festivals. 

People of the Drum Performance 2019

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 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-through, 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: 5:00am-midnight
Splash pad: open starting June 2022

Picnic Site Maps and Info
To reserve a picnic area, call 503-823-2525.

For public and private event information and rentals, please see the Gateway Discovery Park Rental and Event Manual or call 971-275-3081.


Recreation Coordinator for Urban Parks

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

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