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Portland voters have approved the Parks Operating Levy. Thank you! This means that 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.
This page is provided for internal PP&R field crews and other staff that may need to go into the field during air quality events. There are three sections that all staff are required to review.
Who we are, and what we do at Portland Parks & Recreation.
Within the American with Disability Act (ADA), a person with a disability or special need who desires assistance with registration and/or participation in general PP&R programs can contact Inclusion Services at 503-823-4333 or 711 (TRS).
Portland Parks & Recreation recognizes that some residents of the City of Portland require financial assistance to attend certain programs and classes. To help make recreation accessible to all, a limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify!
Portland Parks & Recreation is always looking for motivated and responsible individuals to join our aquatics staff. We offer lifeguard certification, swim instructor training, and water fitness instructor training classes year-round.
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) maintains a variety of sports fields across the city. These include soccer, football, baseball, and softball fields. PP&R also issues permits for Portland Public School District fields.
By respecting this Code of Conduct everyone is welcome, comfortable, and safe in all Portland Parks & Recreation facilities and programs. Portland Parks & Recreation enforces immediate expulsion for violating certain aspects of this Code of Conduct.
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All Portland Parks & Recreation Community Centers are closed, and all Community Center activities are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change.
All PP&R recreation community center activities are canceled until further notice.
All Portland Parks & Recreation division activities are canceled until further notice. Please reference the amenities list on this page for complete details.
We offer permits for a wide variety of activities, from weddings and picnics to sports field and gym use, on Portland Parks & Recreation properties.
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) recognizes that in order to achieve equity throughout the bureau, a well-coordinated effort across and at all levels of the organizations is necessary. The role of the DEC is integral in creating a link between the employees, management and city leadership.
Welcome to the main employment page for Portland Parks & Recreation. Check back here often for interviewing opportunities, job fairs, and openings.
Portland Parks & Recreation engages the next generation of environmental leaders through volunteer naturalist training, paid work programs, science-based field trips and stewardship. Check out our many programs for more information!
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Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services.
Portland Parks & Recreation created this policy to support film and video production as well as still photography within City of Portland parks.
Portland Park & Recreation’s dog off-leash areas (DOLAs) provide a wide variety of options for dogs and their owners.
The Portland angling (fishing) community values their access to their local rivers as a recreational opportunity.
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Parks & Recreation's Fitness in the Park helps community members achieve their fitness goals while adhering to physical distancing recommendations and connecting to nature in our parks. All fitness levels are welcome.
A five-year plan for forwarding racial equity within Portland Parks & Recreation
Splash pads and decorative fountains will remain off through summer 2020.
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Free Lunch + Play is offering free meals and grab ‘n’ go activities for kids at 26 locations this summer! All are welcome - Let’s play six feet away!
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Learn more about the Portland Parks & Recreation friends and partnership programs.
Portland Parks & Recreation supports and encourages the sport of geocaching as an activity that promotes exploration of our varied landscapes.
For more than fifty years, Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Public Schools
have worked together to provide thousands of children, youth, and adults sports
programming and recreational opportunities on hundreds of sports fields in almost
every neighborhood in the city.
Portland Parks & Recreation posts information on closures, delays, and cancellation affecting our sites and programs during inclement weather.
Ladybug Nature Walks take place in Portland's parks and natural areas. They are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who want to explore in nature with a trained educator. Children attend with an adult who assists in guiding them along as they explore.
PP&R is continually identifying opportunities and gathering information for potential park acquisitions. Community nominations are one of the ways that PP&R learns about these opportunities.
Leash laws ensure dogs are controlled by their owners at all times, which keeps people and other dogs safe, and protects park land and wildlife. Removal of dog waste prevents spread of disease that waste can carry, and avoids impacts to recreational use, water quality, wildlife, and vegetation.
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Meaningful ways to recognize milestones, celebrate events, or honor loved ones while enhancing Portland’s park system
PP&R encourages dog owners to become active in their off-leash communities, whether it’s by starting a stewardship group, organizing a clean-up or holding a fundraiser.
The Native American Community Advisory Council (NACAC) provides a forum to discuss values such as the sacredness of land, the importance of spiritual and cultural connection to heritage, and the recognition that Indigenous peoples have been here since time immemorial.
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Portland Parks & Recreation has developed a Natural Area Acquisition Strategy to guide completion of a connected system of natural areas in Portland.
Connect to nature through outdoor play and exploration at partial-day and full-day camps with Environmental Education.
Teens ages 13-17 can apply to be camp volunteers - working side by side with staff and campers to gain experience in teaching, communication, and child development.
Spend your summer as a nature educator Nature Day Camp! We offer positions leading nature activities and exploration for children.
(Educator I positions, Educator II positions, various Site Coordinator positions)
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Portland Parks & Recreation's Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes Initiative adds nature patches to park landscapes that provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are natural gardens that support native pollinators and offer opportunities for exploration.
Any construction work or staging on Portland Parks & Recreation property by any individual, organization, business, or agency - other than Portland Parks & Recreation or one of their contractors - requires a Non-Park Use Permit (NPUP) Application.
Attention NPUP Applicants: PP&R is working very diligently to provide timely responses to all Non-Park Use permit application(s). Due to the large frequency of applications, PP&R will make every effort to respond to phone calls and emails within 3-5 business days. We thank you for your patience.
It is the policy of Portland Parks & Recreation that we provide healthier options for snacks and beverages sold at our Community Centers and Swimming Pools.
Portland Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Update: All indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, including community centers and pools, are temporarily closed.
Portland Parks Board Affirmation of Equity Statement.
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The City of Portland develops an annual budget. That means, every year, every bureau works with their Commissioner’s Office to develop a Requested Budget that is submitted to the City Budget Office and the Mayor.
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.
Parks for New Portlanders (PNP) is a program with the goal of providing recreation opportunities for immigrant and refugee communities. PNP works with community partners and city leaders to design culturally relevant programs and make sure services and spaces are welcoming and accessible for all.
Find and review Parks Construction and Planning Projects with project information, estimated timelines, and contacts. 
Parks Replacement Bond funds are for urgent repairs and other capital costs, not park operations. The measure authorized up to $68 million in general obligation bonds to make repairs and improvements and prevent more closures like we’ve seen at Couch playground and the Maple Trail in Forest Park.
Featured stories from the 2018-2019 Bond Annual Report.
Keep Portland's off-leash areas healthy and fun for play by knowing and following Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA) rules of use.
Any organized event at a Portland Parks & Recreation site/facility that is not a picnic, wedding, gymnasium activity, or ballfield activity will require a Parks Special Use Permit.
System Development Charges (SDC) are one-time fees assessed on new development. SDC's help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.
Portland Parks & Recreation has demonstrated excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition.
Get a permit to permanently attach items to street trees. Below are several options for submitting and application including; by mail, and in person.
Learn more about how to apply for permits and receive inspections from Environmental Services, Fire and Rescue, Parks and Recreation, Transportation and Water.
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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) reserves the right, and may give permission to the media, to photograph classes, programs, and participants at any of our facilities and properties or any sponsored activity. 
Many of Portland's parks have picnic tables available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if you wish to guarantee a picnic site, you will need to make a reservation in advance.
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Portland has been celebrating Arbor Day since 1889 - bringing communities together to recognize the importance and value of trees. The trees of our city provide essential services - making a healthier and more equitable place to live for all Portlanders.
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The Portland Parks Board, established in 2001, serves to ensure that the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision are at the forefront of discussions about park and recreation issues, and trends over time and in all areas of the city.
Portland Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing a play-based, child-centered educational preschool program for ages 3–5 years old. Play is an important avenue for learning. It is our goal to honor where each child is in their development.
PP&R's Park Rangers serve as goodwill ambassadors and provide a positive public safety presence in Portland parks and park facilities. Park Rangers can be a resource to help solve park problems and ensure the protection of our natural and cultural resources.
Find important Portland Parks & Recreation policies and procedures.
Purchase a Portland Parks & Recreation gift certificate any way you wish!
Search through the Portland Parks & Recreation database of classes, create an account and register for activities from the online portal.
You may use this form to report tree Code violations as detailed below. For Emergency situations please follow the links for Tree Problems or Tree Emergency's in the Related column to the right.
Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to making sure all Portlanders can access City services, regardless of language. We make free walk-in and over-the-phone translation services available in over 240 languages, including American Sign Language.
Portland Parks and Recreation has many different venues available to rent for picnics, weddings, and more.
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Senior Recreation is dedicated to ensuring access to recreational, educational, and wellness opportunities for adults age 60+.
On February 18, 2015, Portland City Council approved the expansion of the existing smoke and tobacco-free parks policy across the entire parks system.
Portland, we miss you. We are excited to announce a new way to stay and play - videos made by staff to bring programs directly to you.
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Critical components of the program include education, social services, multicultural and cultural arts, recreation and leisure services, health services, and community involvement.
Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to establishing a more financially sustainable direction – for the long term. As part of that commitment, bureau leadership led a Council Work Session on November 26, 2019 to get feedback about how best to align community expectations with funding levels.
Please take a moment to review the following information. It outlines the steps you may be required to complete before a permit may be issued.
Be aware that rain and high water can leave trails and roads a bit of a mess with hazards like downed trees, landslides, and flooding. Portland Parks & Recreation addresses weather-related impacts as soon as resources allow.
Information on caring for trees in Portland.
We offer a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at sites across the city! Volunteer coaches, teacher aides, and mentors are always needed in our youth programs - and the parks, gardens, and natural areas welcome extra hands.
Do your part to stay informed and adhere to all physical distancing measures put in place by Multnomah County.