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Gateway Discovery Park

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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.

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.

Tonga Day 2018

Opportunities for Local Artists and Performers

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is seeking local talent – artists, small bands, performing artists – from the Portland Metro Area (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark Counties) for small, unadvertised, one-hour pop-up performances for summer 2021. Read more on our Opportunities for Local Artists and Performers page.

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 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

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

Rental applications are accepted up to 12 months in advance of 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 Caterers and Food Cart Information (170.58 Kb)

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

10520 NE Halsey Street
Portland, OR 97220

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

Splash pad: open starting June 11, 2021

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 Urban Parks Rental and Event Manual or call 971-275-3081.


Marlene Godsey

Recreation Coordinator | Urban Plazas

Alicia Hammock

Urban Park 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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