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Irving Park Nature Patch

A panoramic photo of the Irving Park Nature Patch site.

Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services are collaborating at Irving Park to create nature patches and rain gardens that will capture rainwater, foster habitat for wildlife, and add natural features for you to enjoy.

Several areas on the west side of Irving Park will be converted to natural landscaping that will include flowering native plants, stormwater swales, logs, boulders, split-rail fencing, and paths.

Nature patches and rain gardens will capture the large volume of rain that flows off the park's hilly and compacted terrain. Capturing rainwater is especially important during storms to reduce flooding in nearby streets and to help prevent the public sewer system from being overwhelmed by stormwater.

This project will bring nature to the neighborhood that works to protect public health and the environment by helping prevent flooding, sewer backups into basements, and overflows into the Willamette River during heavy rain. 

Areas targeted for nature patch landscaping include the degraded slopes around the basketball courts and between the dog-off-leash-area and the picnic areas. View the design concept below.

The Draft Design Concept for the Irving Park Nature Patch
The Design Concept for the Irving Park Nature Patch

Here's how the nature patch will help capture stormwater:

An illustration of the Irving Park Nature Patch swale section.

While the rain gardens are currently in the early design phase, landscaping to create the nature patches will begin this fall and planting will take place over next winter.

Once the nature patch is complete, the next phase of the project will include building rain gardens to capture excessive rainfall downslope of the nature patches as well as from the basketball and tennis courts. To learn more about this phase please visit the webpage here, or contact Matt Gough with the Bureau of Environmental Services by email or phone 503-823-5352.

The Irving Park Nature Patch is funded through the BES Percent for Green Program.

Help create this beautiful Irving Park space! 

Click here to sign up to attend a planting event

Please contact the project manager, Eric Rosewall, at eric.rosewall@portlandoregon.gov or 503-341-0855 with questions or concerns. 

Learn more about Nature Patches around Portland

Nature Patches around Portland

Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.

Size in acres

16.08

Year acquired

1920

History

The land in the Irvington neighborhood was originally owned by Captain William Irving, who was famous in early Pacific Northwest maritime history. Part of the land occupied by Irving Park was the site of the Irvington Racetrack, one of four defunct racetracks now sporting Portland parks.

Reservations available

Picnic site

Park Location or Entrance

Irving Park main entrance
NE 7th Avenue and Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97212

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

Park amenities/activities

Dog Off-leash Area
Paths (Paved)
Baseball Field
Softball Field
Soccer Field
Splash Pad
Basketball Court
Tennis Court (Lighted)
Tennis Backboard
Volleyball Court
Accessible Restroom
Nature Patch
Picnic Table
Playground
Horseshoe Pit

City section

NE