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About Gateway Discovery Park

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 Gateway Community to bring inclusive play and wonderful gathering areas to one of Portland’s most park-deprived neighborhoods.

Urban Parks Rental and Event Manual

Director Park and Gateway Discovery Park are positively activated plazas that have on-site staff during events and rentals to ensure our parks are fun, safe, and welcoming for all!

  • The parks are 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-through, and provide advice about the space.

Rental and Event Use Forms and Applications

A photo of youth dancing at the Slavic Festival at Gateway Discovery Park.

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

Download PDF file Rental Application Urban Parks 2020 (1.21 Mb)

Download PDF file Film and Video Rates (898.79 Kb)

Download PDF file Film and Video Application (157.18 Kb)

Download PDF file Insurance Forms and Requirements (119.13 Kb)

Download PDF file Director Park map with measurements (427.69 Kb)

Download PDF file Director Park Site Plan (125.25 Kb)

Download PDF file Caterers and Food Cart Information (170.58 Kb)

Event Permit Requirements

Additional permit requirements are determined by your application and subsequent discussions and these fees are not included in the rental rates for your event. Permits may include amplified sound noise, fire bureau occupancy, OLCC, and/or health department.

Additional services required may include security, alcohol monitors, electricity, portable restrooms, grey water disposal, garbage/recycling, after-site cleaning, and full park event fencing. 

  • Insurance Requirements and Form - All permitted events require a Certificate of Insurance and Additional Insured Endorsement to meet the City's rules and can be purchased from a variety of sources. Many home-owner's policies offer coverage for an event or a special rider can be purchased to cover the event.
  • TULIP Insurance Program - The City of Portland offers "Tennant and Users Liability Insurance Policy" (TULIP) as an option for insurance if your event qualifies.
  • Fire Bureau / Assembly Permits - Permittee may be required to contact the Fire Marshal and obtain their sign off and/or required permits. Contact them online or at 503-823-3955.
  • Health Department - Any time food items that are prepared and/or served to the public on Park property, a sign off and/or permit is required from the Multnomah County Environmental Health Services. Contact them online to obtain a signature or at 503-988-3400.

  • Noise Permits - When amplified music, public address systems or drums are used, a noise permit from the City's Noise Control Office or a sign-off may be required. Contact them to apply for a noise permit or obtain a sign-off at 503-823-7350
  • Police Review: Permittee is required to contact the Special Events Sergeant in charge and obtain a signature on the Event Permit Requirement Checklist provided to you after you apply for a park permit. Please contact them at
  • Event Recycling Services - The City's Event Recycling Services provides free recycling equipment and assistance for Portland Events. This role is advisory only and does not provide pick up services or staff for your event. Equipment is the property of the City's Event Recycling Program, and must be returned after the event. Visit the Event Recycling Services website or call 503-725-5147.
  • Parking Space Rental - To reserve a parking space or a loading zone adjacent to one of the parks, complete the Portland Bureau of Transportation Parking Space Rental online form.

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

Size in acres


Year acquired



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.

Reservations available

Picnic site

Park Location or Entrance

Gateway Discovery Park main entrance
10520 NE Halsey Street
Portland, OR 97220

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

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

This park has a splash pad - click here for hours and more information.

Park amenities/activities

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

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