Portland, OR. Visitors are flocking to Portland area attractions like the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. As of June 25th, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, face masks are required within indoor spaces and many people are still opting for masks in busy parks. Portland Parks & Recreation is reopening spaces as allowed by Oregon Health Authority. Visitors are still required, under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between others and not assemble in groups larger than 10 people at any park. Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, Washington Park Summer Festival, and Portland World Soccer Tournament are canceled this summer. But there are still appealing options.
Here’s a list of what’s open in Portland parks:
|Portland Park ASSET||STATUS|
|Boat launch/docks||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.|
|Community centers (including arts centers, pools, and recreation activities)||Closed – All PP&R recreation activities are canceled through through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846.|
|Community gardens||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10. For more information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/757553.|
|Concerts/Movies in the Park||Closed – Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, Washington Park Summer Festival, and Portland World Soccer Tournament are canceled this summer. For more information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/759204.|
|Disc Golf||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10; do not share discs.|
|Dog off-leash areas||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.|
|Fountains (interactive and decorative)||Closed – Interactive fountains and decorative fountains will remain off throughout the summer. Drinking fountains are open.|
|Free Lunch + Play||Open – Portland Parks & Recreation is planning to operate our Free Lunch + Play program this summer. Access to nutritious food has proven to be one of the highest needs in our community during this public health crisis. Please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/lunch.|
|Golf Courses||Open – clubhouses are closed, except for restrooms. Food and beverage are limited and available for take-out only. For more information, visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/63560.|
|Parking areas and roads||Most parking areas, park roads, and gates are closed to help reduce crowding. See list below for details.|
|Permits/rentals (indoor facilities)||Closed – canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846.|
|Permits/rentals (outdoor facilities)||Permitted picnics and weddings with 25 or fewer people approved when Multnomah County enters Phase I – estimated on June 12, 2020. This date is subject to change.|
|Pick-up and organized sport games||Closed|
|Picnic sites||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.|
|Playgrounds and play areas||Closed|
|Pools||Closed – All PP&R recreation activities are canceled through through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846.|
|Poet’s Beach and River Swimming||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10. Please be aware of water safety and information on posted signage. There are no lifeguards present. More information is available at portlandoregon.gov/parks/73880. Entering the water is not allowed at Kelley Point Park.|
|Public gardens||Most are open; however, gardens operated by our partners or third parties may be closed. Please call your destination before visiting.|
|Restrooms||Open – cleaned once per day|
|Skateparks||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10.|
|Tennis courts (outdoor)||Open – No groups. Singles only. Each player must bring their own marked tennis balls. The Portland Tennis Center remains closed alongside our community centers. Read more at portlandoregon.gov/parks/52167.|
|Trails and natural areas||Open – stay 6 feet apart; no groups above 10. Some sites have one-way trail markers.|
|Splash pads||Closed – Splash pads and interactive fountains will remain off throughout the summer.|
|Weddings/ceremonies||Weddings with 25 or fewer people approved when Multnomah County enters Phase I – estimated on June 12, 2020. This date is subject to change.|
Multnomah County has provided educational materials to remind park-goers of safety tips.
SUMMER FREE FOR ALL
Portland Parks & Recreation is operating the Free Lunch + Play program this summer, which started on Monday, June 22nd. Access to nutritious food has proven to be one of the highest needs in our community during this public health crisis. PP&R and our partners will play an important role in keeping kids healthy this summer. For more information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/759204.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with, and to follow the guidance of, the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.
- People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home and refrain from using any PP&R facility.
- Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
- Follow CDC physical distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other park visitors and PP&R staff. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time.
- Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and no operating water fountains.
- While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.
Our community’s parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency. However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.
For any other City info related to COVID-19, please visit https://beta.portland.gov/novel-coronavirus-covid-19.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
PP&R suggests that people who feel sick with cold or flu symptoms should stay home and avoid contact with others. If you have health concerns or questions, please contact your regular doctor. Everyone must take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. The Oregon Health Authority also recommends the following steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu, the common cold, and COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
- If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance: guidance at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.
Stay informed about the virus
Please check the following resources below for updates about COVID-19 in Oregon and Multnomah County. For additional resources, call 211.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Multnomah County Health Department
Oregon Health Authority
World Health Organization
Discrimination, stigma and COVID-19
Please see important information from Multnomah County on preventing discrimination and stigma related to COVID-19 by following multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/discrimination-stigma-and-covid-19.
COVID-19 Information – Cancellations and Refunds