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Portland Parks & Recreation Friends Groups

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Friends of Gabriel Park
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Friends Groups are made up of volunteers, neighbors, coworkers, and park lovers who come to a natural area or park on a regular basis (sometimes monthly, sometimes quarterly) to do hands-on restoration with the support of PP&R staff. While activities vary with the seasons, Friends Groups are regularly involved in removing invasive weeds, planting native plants, building fences, maintaining trails, picking up litter, observing plants and wildlife, and more. 

PP&R supplies the gloves, tools, training, plants, and snacks. The Friends Group provides the people, smiles, laughs, energy, and advocacy for the long-term health and beauty of Portland's parks and natural areas.


Friends Group Directory

Get to know some of our existing Friends Groups listed in the directory below. You can see where they work, what their goals are, who is involved, and what the schedules are for restoration events and meetings.

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association – Pesticide Free Arbor Lodge Park

Friends of April Hill Park

Friends of Argay Park

Friends of Baltimore Woods

Friends of Columbia Children’s Arboretum

Friends of Columbia Park

Friends of Elk Rock Island – Spring Park

Friends of Errol Heights

Friends of Gabriel Park

Friends of Gates Park

Friends of Gateway Green

Friends of International Rose Test Garden Washington Park

Friends of Ladd’s Addition Garden

Friends of Laurelhurst Park

Friends of Marquam Nature Park

Friends of Marshall & Maricara Parks

Friends of Mt. Tabor Park

Friends of Oaks Bottom

Friends of Patton Square Park

Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Friends of Pier Park

Friends of Portland Community Gardens

Friends of Portland Memory Garden

Friends of Powell Butte Nature Park

Friends of River View Natural Area

Friends of South Park Blocks

Friends of Terwilliger

Friends of Tideman Johnson

Friends of Tryon Creek

Friends of Wallace Park

Friends of Wilshire Park

Friends of Woods Park


Park Partners

In addition to the Friends Groups mentioned above and our Community Partnership Program, PP&R partners with hundreds of other community-based, education, and nonprofit organizations every year across our many programs. Below is a list of some of our partners who support the stewardship and maintenance of park properties and facilities: 

Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Community Music Center Inc.

East Portland Parks Coalition

Explore Washington Park

Forest Park Conservancy

Friends of Overlook House

Friends of Woodstock Community Center

Hoyt Arboretum Friends

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Leach Garden Friends

Multnomah Arts Center Association

Northwest Trail Alliance

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

Pioneer Courthouse Square Inc.

Pittock Mansion Society

Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society

Portland Garden Club

Portland Japanese Garden

Sellwood Community House

Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE)

SW Trails

Tryon Creek Watershed Council