Gateway Discovery Park

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Come play with us this summer at Gateway Discovery Park! Fill your days with FUN with Free Lunch + Play, cultural events, and hands-on fun in the splash pad. 

2023 Summer Free For All Free Lunch + Play

Play for days at Free Lunch + Play at Gateway Discovery Park! Drop-in to play in the splash pad, create crafts, play big games, have a free lunch (ages 18 & under) and make new friends! For a full schedule of Free Lunch + Play parks this summer, click HERE.

June 26-August 25 (Mon-Fri)10:00am-4:00pm11:00-11:45am

2023 Cultural Events 

July 511:30am-12:30pmPrismagic - Come and delight in a heartfelt aerialist performance including balloon animals and face painting. 
July 1211:30am-12:30pmOriginal Practice Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream - Join us for a fast paced, energetic play with lot of audience interactions!
July 1911:30am-12:30pmSFFA Concert in the Park: Micah and Me - Kindie dance part band playing upbeat originals and children's classic covers. 
July 224:30-6:30pmPortland Taiko, People of the Drum
July 2611:30am-12:30pmSFFA Concert in the Park: Olive and Dingo - Hilarious and joyful rockin' storytime. 
August 211:30am-12:30pmSFFA Concert in the Park:DJ Anjalie & the Incredible Kid - High-energy Bollywood/bhangra dance party!
August 911:30-12:30pmSFFA Concert in the Park:Ballet Folklorico Corazones Alegres - Traditional Mexican dances performed by youth from Latino Network
August 1212:00-5:00pmTonga Day Festival: Join us for a celebration honoring Tongan heritage through community, family, cultural performances, live music, art, and more
August 1611:30am-12:30pmAaron Nigel Smith - Bring the family to groove to the rhythm of a live musical blend of reggae and roots. 
Fridays June 30, July 14, 21, 28, and August 4,1811:30am-1:00pmDJ George the Mixologist - Come cool down with chill tunes right by our splash pad. Lawn chairs and towels are welcome!

Splash Pad 

Splash Pad 10:00am-7:00pmnJune 13 - Labor Day, 2023

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.


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


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