St. Johns Park

St Johns Park Playground
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Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN)

A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (pronounced beacon) is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. More information can be found at the Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node page.

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The park is located in the community of St. Johns, which was named in honor of settler James John. In 1846 he built a brick house at the edge of the river on what was once an Indian camping ground. He filed for a Donation Land Grant of 320 acres in 1850. In 1852, he operated a general merchandise store in part of his house as well as a ferry across the river. James John laid out part of his property as an eight-block town site which was platted in 1865 with an eight-block addition in 1868. It was named for him in 1892. It is said his reputation as a hermit and recluse inspired the title "Saint" John. One explanation for the additional 's' that now appears in the town's name is that the area may have been referred to as St. John's - meaning that the place belonged to James John - and the apostrophe was eventually dropped.

Accessibility Notes


  • Street parking
  • Paved pathway to play area
  • 250 feet to play area

Play Area

  • Engineered mulch surface
  • Rubberized surface for the merry-go-round
  • Ramp into the play area

Play Equipment

  • Transfer station
  • Sensory play elements

Other Amenities

  • Accessible restroom inside the community center
  • Accessible picnic table
St Johns Park Playground

Park Location or Entrance

8427 N Central Street
Portland, OR 97203

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

To reserve a sports field, call 503-823-2525.

Park amenities/activities

Paths (Paved)
Softball Field
Soccer Field
Accessible Play Area
Picnic Table
BEECN – Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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