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Parking Guide for Parks

This guide will help you understand how parking works at city parks, including: parking rules, rates and hours, what to do if you get a citation, and frequently asked questions.

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Current parking programs

Washington Park

4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 9722
Click here for more information about Washington Park.

Pay to Park

  • Hours: Daily 9:30am – 8:00pm, including holidays.
  • Rates: $2 per hour, $8 daily maximum.
  • Parking Kitty Zone 400

Park gates lock at 10:00pm, except in Lots A, B, and C.
Overnight parking is only allowed up to one night in Lots A, B, and C.

  • Kingston Drive and Rose Garden Way gates open at 6:30am
  • Fischer Lane gate opens at 7:30am
  • Park gates may open later or closer earlier without notice.

Pittock Acres Park

3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, Oregon 97210
Click here for more information about Pittock Acres Park.

Pay to Park

  • Hours: Daily 9:30am – 8:00pm, including holidays.
  • Rates: $2 per hour, $8 daily maximum.
  • ParkingKitty Zone 1440.

Park gates lock at 9:00pm. No overnight parking.

Employees and volunteers, contact a member of the Pittock staff for parking options.

Willamette Park

6500 S Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219
Click here for more information about Willamette Park.

Pay to Park Summer Rates (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

  • Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Rates
    • Vehicles without trailers: $1 per hour, up to 5 hours, $10 all day rate.
    • Vehicles with trailers: $5 per day. Trailer parking is only allowed in designated spaces.

Pay to Park Winter Rates

  • Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Weekends: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Rates
    • Vehicles without trailers: $1 per hour, up to 3 hours, $6 all day rate.
    • Vehicles with trailers: $5 per day. Trailer parking is only allowed in designated spaces.

Seasonal Parking Permits - February through May
Seasonal parking permits are available for boaters who use Willamette Park to launch. These permits are only valid for vehicles with trailers, in marked "Trailers Only" spaces. Permits are valid February through May and are available on a first-come, first-served basis ($75). 

Seasonal Parking Permits for 2021 are now digital. Your permit is your license plate. You will not receive a physical permit in the mail.

Click here to purchase a seasonal parking permit. 

Hawthorne Bridge Lot Gov Tom McCall Waterfront Park

From northbound on Naito: 1281 SW Naito Parkway
From southbound on Naito: 1101 SW Naito Parkway

Pay to Park

  • Hours: Daily 8:00am – 10:00pm, including holidays.
  • Rates: $4 per hour, $18 daily maximum.
  • Mobile payment only. ParkingKitty Zone 1439.

Park closes at midnight. No overnight parking.

How do I pay for parking?

With the FREE Parking Kitty app – pay from the comfort of your car without touching the meter. You’ll be notified when your time is about to expire and can easily add more time remotely!  

Parking for people with disabilities

Wheelchair and Wounded Warrior placards that can be used at Wheelchair User parkin spaces.

If you have a regular disabled parking placard or disabled plates, you must pay to park for the time you need. For your convenience, you can use the Parking Kitty app to pay from your phone.

If you are in a wheelchair and have an Oregon Wheelchair User parking placard, you may park at no charge. There placards are light blue and have the words “Wheelchair User” clearly written on the front of the placard. Out of state placards/plates must pay to park.

I received a parking citation

Once issued, a citation must be paid or contested through Multnomah County Circuit Court. 

You must do one of the following within 30 days of the date on the citation, or the citation will be delinquent. 

  • Option 1: PAY YOUR CITATION 
    Insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the  citation amount. Make your check or money order payable to State of Oregon. Write your citation number and auto license plate number on the check or money order. You may pay the  citation in full with Visa or Mastercard by calling 503-988-3235, listen to the message and press the number 2 on your phone. Do not mail cash. Pay your citation online.

    Submit a separate written explanation as to why you are contesting the citation. Your written explanation is a waiver of your right to a court hearing and consent to any judgment rendered. The court will consider your written explanation impose the full fine or a reduced fine amount.  For more information on contesting your citation, please visit the court's web page. Click here for the Circuit Court web page.
    There are 2 different ways to schedule a court hearing. First option is to insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the citation amount along with a separate written request for a hearing. The second option is to appear in person at the Circuit Court Parking Tag Office, Room 131B, Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, Oregon to request a hearing and to pay the citation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who manages parking at city parks?
All parking in City parks is managed and maintained by the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R). We’re happy to answer any questions you have about parking at city parks, feel free to give us a call at 503-823-2538.

Where am I NOT allowed to park?
This is not an exhaustive list. Always check the signs where you park!

  • Parking within parks is allowed only in designated parking areas.
  • Don't park anywhere with a No Parking sign.
  • Don't anywhere with yellow curb painting. No part of your vehicle should be in the yellow part.
  • Don't park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
  • Don't park in the travel lane (no double parking).
  • Don't park in a bike lane.
  • Don't park outside marked lines
  • Don't park in a crosswalk. No part of your vehicle should be in the crosswalk.
  • Don't park blocking an ADA curb ramp. No part of your vehicle should block any part of a curb ramp.
  • Don’t park in a trailer parking only area, unless your vehicle is attached to a trailer.

Is parking free during holidays?
No, you must pay to park during holidays in city parks.

What if the meter malfunctioned?
If you believe a citation was issued due to a meter error, first check to:

  • Ensure you paid for the correct space number and/or entered your license plate correctly.
  • If you paid with Parking Kitty, ensure the zone number was entered properly.

If the zone, license plate and space number are correct, we will look into the issue for you. Have your citation and receipt ready and call 503-823-2538 or submit an inquiry to portlandoregon.gov/parks/70515.

How can I add more time to a session?
If your time expired, visit any meter in the park. Note that each purchase starts the time over, so you should wait until your current time is about to expire to purchase again. For an easier alternative, use Parking Kitty and add more time to your session at any time, from anywhere.

Can I get a refund?
As indicated on the meters, no refunds are provided. For questions about double charges, call 503-823-2538.