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Call for Proposals: Join the City of Portland in Planning for Interim Activations of O'Bryant Square

The City is looking to reactivate the O'Bryant Square public plaza when it reopens, and has issued a Request for Interest.

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With Direction from Culture and Livability Commissioner Dan Ryan, Portland Parks & Recreation has Improved the Light Pole Safety Project

The new plan will have a phased light pole removal approach and a coordinated replacement timeline to reduce the time that parks will have fewer light poles.  

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Call for Proposals: Space Use Grants Available for Musicians

Individual musicians, groups, organizations and clubs are encouraged to apply for free or discounted use of Portland Parks & Recreation’s venerable Community Music Center (CMC) for rehearsal, practice and/or performance.

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Join the Urban Forestry Commission

Joining the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) is one of the most effective ways community members can help advocate and care for our city’s urban forest!

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Portland Urban Forestry Marks 45 Years as Tree City USA

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Portland its 45th Tree City USA Award, 25th Growth Award, and 3rd Tree Cities of the World Award. These programs recognize high achievement in municipal tree programs nationally and globally.

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Colwood Golf Center wins National Player Development Award

Colwood Golf Center, part of Portland Parks & Recreation, received the 2022 Player Development Award this week from the National Golf Course Owners of Association (NGCOA).

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Completion of Better Naito Forever means the return of PP&R’s world-famous Mill Ends Park

The world-famous Mill Ends Park has moved to a new location as the City completes permanent bike, sidewalk improvements nearby. The park is celebrated internationally for its quirky history and existence.

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Portland Parks & Recreation offers tree care tips for winter

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Urban Forestry division staff say that the approach of winter is an important time to care for trees in your home and adjacent right-of-way.

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Join PP&R at a family-friendly tree planting kickoff event and Arbor Day celebration

Arts and crafts, hundreds of tree plantings in SE Portland’s Lents Park and neighborhood

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PP&R’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) proposed as a center for Black arts and culture

Feasibility Study for community-led vision moving forward thanks to Parks Local Option Levy.

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Free yard trees for all Portlanders continue mission of PP&R’s Urban Forestry

Five yard tree giveaway events begin September 25, 2021, where Portland neighbors can register in advance for free trees for their yard. This is part of Portland Parks & Recreation's mission to grow, preserve, and protect the city's urban forest.

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Columbia Indoor Pool must remain closed until further notice due to life-safety hazards for building occupants

The structure is nearing the end of its useful life, and PP&R must prioritize public safety while determining the next steps for Columbia Indoor Pool.

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Reopening community centers and pools – What to expect in 2021

After summer 2021, when public health guidance allows, PP&R will be excited to fully reopen community centers and pools to the public. For now, the bureau is excited to restore summer programming through the Parks Levy.

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Barbara Walker Crossing over Burnside, adjacent trails reopened

Barbara Walker Crossing and the adjacent portions of PP&R’s Wildwood Trail closed in January 2021 to address fallen trees that required removal, plus structural evaluation of the bridge and repairs. Barbara Walker Crossing and adjacent trails were reopened on April 30, 2021. 

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PP&R and Leach Botanical Garden announce the completion of extensive improvements

The East Portland gem fully reopens, moves further toward becoming a regional destination.

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Portland Urban Forestry Program Earns Global Recognition

Portland's volunteers put in more hours (over 7000) than any other US city! Urban Forestry is not the only one that noticed your hard work. The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Portland its 44th Tree City USA Award, 24th Growth Award, and 2nd Tree Cities of the World Award.

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Traffic Advisory: West Burnside to close for Barbara Walker Crossing bridge repair April 9 - April 11, 2021

West Burnside to close April 9 - April 11, 2021, so PP&R can continue repairs to Barbara Walker Crossing over the busy thoroughfare.

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Portland Parks & Recreation begins construction on new, more inclusive Gabriel Park playground

The new, much larger play area will be more accessible to people of all abilities and will have play elements that are unique in the PP&R system.

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Commissioner Rubio Statement on York Bust in Mt. Tabor Park

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