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Athletic and sports fields

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Portland Parks & Recreation maintains a variety of sports fields - soccer, football, baseball, and softball - throughout the city. PP&R also issues permits for Portland Public School District fields.
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COVID-19 related information

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Athletic Field Guidelines may be superseded by Oregon Health Authority guidelines and recommendation currently in action during COVID-19.

In response, PP&R will adjust its permitting procedures to adhere to those guidelines. These adjustments will, wherever possible, follow and align with each phase Multnomah County is in. They will include reduction in number of participants, types of sport allowed, duration of play and protocols required to do so.

Portland Parks & Recreation maintains a variety of sports fields - soccer, football, baseball, and softball - throughout the city. PP&R also issues permits for Portland Public School District fields. Applications for field permits are processed and issued continually throughout the year. Call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525 for more info. 

Athletic Field Permit Fees

PP&R recognizes its responsibility to provide athletic field facilities for use by a variety of sports at many levels of competition. PP&R subsidizes use of city athletic fields to provide lower cost access to its residents. Portland City Council policy calls for a tiered subsidy for city residents based on need, and full cost recovery for other groups. To that end, additional fees will be included on the following specific athletic field uses: commercial, non-resident, and secondary season use.

The number of sport leagues requesting use of Portland athletic fields has increased exponentially in the past ten years. Primary and Secondary Season designations allow PP&R to focus on sports during their primary season by helping to manage overall costs. Secondary season fees have been added to assist in recovering the costs of maintaining fields beyond primary season play.

Seasonal Field Conversion Schedule

PP&R maintains more than 300 athletic fields and courts. The majority of these fields are converted from one sport to another seasonally. The date these field conversion begin are; Fall/August 15, and Spring/March 1. This means that work to set goal posts and field lining for the recognized in-season sport will start on that date. This transition can take up to two weeks or more depending on the weather and condition of the park. Since these fields are heavily used, it is important that users help protect this resource. Please do your part by respecting permitted use and staying off the fields when they are too wet; this will ensure player safety and avoid damage to the fields.

Lacrosse (Primary)
Football (Primary)
August 16-November
Basketball (Primary)
Rugby - Youth (Primary)
Rugby - Adult (Primary)
Soccer - Youth (Primary)
(artificial turf)
Baseball - Youth (Primary)
Soccer - Youth/Adult (Primary)
August 16-November
Softball - Youth (Primary)
 Cross Country (Primary)
Soccer - Youth (Secondary)
Ultimate Frisbee (Primary)
Softball - Adult (Primary)
April-August 15
Baseball - Adult (Primary)
April-August 15

When submitting a field request, please include the following information:

  • League name/sport type
  • Indicate if the field request is for Youth/Adult, practice, or games
  • Field(s) requested
  • Day(s) and time - example: M/W/F, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Start date/end date - example: August 15-November 25
  • Current contact information: name, address, zip code, home/work/cell/fax numbers, and email address.

In addition to the primary sport season, PP&R issues permits based on the following priorities:

  • Programs sponsored by Portland Parks & Recreation
  • Games and practices sponsored by Portland Public Schools
  • Other reciprocating youth agencies
  • Additional users based on field availability

Request an Athletic Field

Go to our Athletic Field Rental page to begin the process of requesting an athletic field.

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