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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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Portland Parks & Recreation advice for winter storm aftermath

PP&R staff continue working on more than 750 tree emergencies on public streets citywide. Here is an update and some helpful information for you.

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Commissioner Rubio Statement on York Bust in Mt. Tabor Park

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Portland Parks & Recreation will Restore 2021 Summer Programming

Portland Parks & Recreation announces plans for what we expect to offer in summer 2021. PP&R’s primary goal is to keep our community healthy and to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. PP&R designed summer programming to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change.

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Portland Parks & Recreation is recruiting high school freshmen students for the EAGLE caddie program

Applications being accepted now until May 7; opportunities for summer employment; qualifying participants can apply for a full college scholarship

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Commissioner Amanda Fritz celebrates many Portland Parks & Recreation projects recently completed or planned for the near future

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz ends her tenure on Council and as the Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks by celebrating more than a dozen Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) park and trail projects citywide.

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Mae Lin Plummer Takes the Helm at Leach Botanical Garden as new Executive Director

Mae Lin Plummer will be the new Executive Director of the iconic Leach Botanical Garden (pictured), starting in January. Longtime former Executive Director David Porter is retiring, with the City's gratitude.

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Portland Parks & Recreation’s Gateway Green improvements are complete; park reopens

All of Gateway Green, the popular PP&R off-road cycling and hiking destination, has reopened. We've completed a project enhancing the unique regional destination at the confluence of I-84 and I-205. The best access point is from the I-205 bike path.

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Portland Voters Approve Parks Operating Levy

Portland Parks & Recreation will now be able to maintain neighborhood parks appropriately, improve access and safety, provide equitable recreation programs, and proactively care for its natural areas and urban forest.

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Portland Parks & Recreation’s Creston Park playground renovations, ADA improvements are complete

New playground, ADA features complete - made possible by 2014 Parks Bond, System Development Charges

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All Outdoor Parks, Natural Areas, and Trails have Reopened

Areas previously closed due to fire concerns have now reopened to the public.

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Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry crews Respond to nearly 50 Tree Emergencies

Work continues to reopen roads, clear debris after a major windstorm. PP&R Urban Forestry staff are essential responders in keeping Portland moving and safe.

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Final week for PP&R’s Free Lunch + Play: Free meals and grab 'n' go activities still available

The majority of program sites wrap up on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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