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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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Portland Parks & Recreation Begins Transformation of 25-Acre Parklane Park

Groundbreaking takes place soon to expand the park significantly; this long-awaited project will provide outer Southeast Portland with more, healthy recreation options.

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North Portland Aquatic Center’s Location Narrowed to Three Possible Sites

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces that, thanks to continued input from neighbors and project stakeholders, there are now only three sites under consideration for the North Portland Aquatic Center.

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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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Portland city offices remain closed Friday; winter weather resources available

Following a winter weather event that began Feb. 23, 2023, City of Portland offices will remain closed for in-person services Friday, Feb. 24.

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Portland Parks & Recreation Removes Older Park Light Posts, Plans Replacement as Funding Allows

The Bureau is removing a portion of light poles in 12 City parks that have been identified as having structural anchoring issues that could pose life and safety hazards to the public.

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Portland Parks & Recreation facing staffing issues, continues to recruit for full-time, part-time, and seasonal work

Portland's parks bureau opens recruitment for full-time and part-time jobs across the PP&R system with immediate openings, as well as many positions available for summer 2023.

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PP&R is recruiting high school freshmen students for EAGLE Caddie Program

Now through Friday, April 28, 2023. Opportunities for summer employment; qualifying participants can apply for a full college scholarship to the University of Oregon.

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Columbia Pool in North Portland to Remain Closed Permanently

After 93 years of serving North Portland, Columbia Pool will permanently close due to life-safety hazards and diminishing structural integrity.

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Parks Levy Allows PP&R to Perform Proactive Park Tree Maintenance

Parks Bureau begins work to improve park tree health and extend their lives, thanks to Portland voters.

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Commissioner Rubio Directs More PP&R Projects to Move Forward

Five projects funded with System Development Charges, not tax dollars

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Wilson Outdoor Pool to be renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett Outdoor Pool

PP&R's popular recreational facility now bears the name of noted civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

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Community-led vision for Portland Parks & Recreation’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) moves forward

Artists selected for inaugural Grant and Residency program at IFCC, proposed to be a center for Black arts and culture; feasibility study planned

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Portland Parks & Recreation delivers on promises to Levy voters with enhanced park services

Voter-approved Parks Levy makes PP&R services possible citywide; first Annual Report released

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Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio allocates additional $5 million to future North Portland Aquatic Center

Key project moves forward for site selection, programming, and design

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PP&R receives Metro funding for three projects

Bureau's Planning team wrote and submitted three successful grants, each will improve transportation and access

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Join Portland Parks & Recreation for Portland Arbor Day 2022

Take part in volunteer tree plantings to help increase the city’s tree canopy on Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Glenwood Park in East Portland.

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PP&R giving away 2000 free trees in annual Yard Tree Giveaway

Advance registration is required for series of events; Bureau to distribute 2000 trees this year.

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Volunteers needed for Portland Parks & Recreation’s 19th annual No Ivy Day

Have fun and help protect Portland’s treasured parks and natural areas

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PP&R teams up with Portland Trail Blazers and Nike to revitalize basketball courts:

McCoy Park's court gets a refresh!

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