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Portland Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Closures and Postponements

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Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with, and to follow the guidance of, the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.

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Update:  Monday, March 23, 2020

Per Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order: All Portland Parks & Recreation (and all public) playgrounds, outdoor sports courts and fields (including, but not limited to, basketball courts, skateparks,tennis courts, soccer fields) are CLOSED and should be avoided. This is a necessary step and mandated by the Oregon Governor’s Executive Order, to support public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. 


  • Portland’s parks and natural areas, trails, community gardens, and golf courses* remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running - activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of physical distancing can be achieved.
  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home and refrain from using any PP&R facility. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC physical distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other park visitors and PP&R staff. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and no operating water fountains. 
  • While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.   

*Golf course clubhouses are closed as of March 24, 2020. Expect limited or no takeout food service. Do not play in large groups and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet apart at all times.As clubhouses are prepped for closure, some courses may need to temporarily close. Please check with your local course before heading over.

Our community’s parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency. 

However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.

As previously announced, all indoor recreation facilities, including community centers, pools, arts centers, and Portland Tennis Center are temporarily closed and all indoor and outdoor permitted events are canceled through April 28, 2020. This date is subject to change.

All PP&R Recreation division activities are canceled through May 2, 2020. This date is subject to change.

Information about refunds can be found on our COVID-19 Updates, Closures, and Postponements page. 


Other Closures Include: 

  • Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center
  • Saturday Market
  • Oregon Zoo
  • International Rose Test Garden Gift Shop
  • Washington Park’s Cultural Institutions
  • Portland Children’s Museum­
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

How can you help?

PP&R suggests that people who feel sick with cold or flu symptoms should stay home and avoid contact with others. If you have health concerns or questions, please contact your regular doctor. Everyone must take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. The Oregon Health Authority also recommends the following steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu, the common cold, and COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
  • If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance: guidance at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Stay informed about the virus

Please check the following resources for updates about COVID-19 in Oregon and Multnomah County:


COVID-19 and Stigma

Please see important information from Multnomah County on preventing discrimination and stigma related to COVID-19 by following multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/discrimination-stigma-and-covid-19.


Additional Resources


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