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Unthank Park

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Basketball Court Temporary Closure

Fences will be placed around the basketball court on May 14, 2024. The basketball court will be closed to public use during its renovation and repair. This work is expected to take 6 weeks and is weather dependent. If cold, wet, weather continues this spring, court closure will continue until dry weather allows work to reconvene. Your new and improved Unthank Park basketball court is expected to be ready for play at the end of June 2024.  (Please note: This is subject to change due to weather). 

Basketball court improvements are funded by generous Nike and Trail Blazer donations to PP&R for the renovation of the original Nike basketball courts. 

Questions? Please contact Anna Brown at

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Dr. DeNorval Unthank (1899-1977) was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Kansas City, and received his medical degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. He moved to Portland in 1929 to start his own practice. He was on the staff of Good Samaritan, Providence, St. Vincent, and Emanuel Hospitals. After retiring in 1970, he served as a medical consultant for the state workmen’s compensation board until 1976.

He won several awards for his work against racial discrimination as well as for his public service work. In 1958, the Oregon Medical Society named him Doctor of the Year. For his role in bringing down racial barriers, the city of Portland named this park in his honor in 1969. Unthank was the recipient of the distinguished citizenship award from the University of Oregon in 1971 and the citizenship award from Concordia College in 1975. Unthank was the first African American member of the Portland City Club. He was president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and cofounder of the Portland Urban League. Unthank sat on Oregon’s Committee for Equal Rights and the Council of Social Agencies. An important figure in the early civil rights movement in Portland, Unthank opened many doors and opportunities for other minorities.

Accessibility Notes

Includes accessible restroom, baseball field, basketball court, paths - paved, picnic tables, and playground.

Park Location or Entrance

510 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

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

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Restroom
Picnic Table
Paths (Paved)
Baseball Field
Basketball Court

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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