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New Director Park art exhibit illuminates efforts to support local artists and activate downtown plaza

The Director Park kiosk art exhibit is now on display through April 29, 2022. It features local artist Mike Bennett’s “A to Zoo” and "A, B, Sea" exhibits, surrounded in a weather-changing lighting environment.

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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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PP&R removes two potentially hazardous trees from North Park Blocks

The bureau will remove two maple trees from the North Park Blocks to protect public safety. Citywide park and natural area tree maintenance work will increase in coming year thanks to Parks Local Option Levy, with thanks to Portland voters.

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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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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

Our core values as a City include anti-racism and equity. Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. They should encounter a Portland free of bias and hate, where they do not fear for their safety and security.

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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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Portland Parks & Recreation Releases Recommended Draft Plan for the South Park Blocks

The Recommended Draft emerges from three phases of robust public involvement that began over two years ago, including extensive community engagement and outreach, and is the first effort to create an integrated, holistic plan and design to guide decisions about the twelve South Park Blocks.

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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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Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio directs investments in several Portland Parks & Recreation projects

Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio directs investments in several Portland Parks & Recreation projects: announces planning for a new aquatic center, playground expansion, skatepark, and more.

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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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Parks Commissioner Rubio directs Mill Park development to move forward

East Portland park to have a new playground, community garden, splash pad, and more.

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Portland City Council takes first step toward developing East Portland's Mill Park

Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) are pleased to announce that work is beginning to fully develop East Portland's Mill Park.

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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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