Portland City Council is considering the referral of a Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) operating levy for this November’s ballot. It would protect and restore recreation programs, park services, and our natural areas, including:
Recreation for All: end PP&R’s dependence on fees and transition to an equity-focused approach. Safely re-open community centers and pools, and resume fitness, arts, senior and youth, and environmental education programs for summer 2021;
Protect and Grow Nature: keep parks cleaner, safer, and more welcoming for all Portlanders. Plant new trees and proactively care for existing trees to help ensure clean water, protect wildlife, and diminish the impacts of climate change;
Community Partnerships: co-design recreational programming and provide resources to improve access to communities of color, families experiencing poverty, and refugees and immigrants, and provide community oversight.
Summer starts on June 20, 2020! Are you and your young tree ready for the heat?
The first three to five years may be the difference between a young tree dying or doing great! That is why taking special care to give your new tree a good start is so important. In this online workshop, Urban Forestry staff will help you know what to look for, so you can be confident that young trees in your neighborhood are going to be the best they can be.
Please pre-register, Zoom details to participate will be sent by email.
Got Tree Questions? Get Answers During “Ask an Arborist” from PPR Urban Forestry!
What’s an Arborist? An arborist is a professional who specializes in the care, management, and study of trees.
What are some of the questions you have about trees? Is there something you have always wanted to know about that one interesting tree in your neighborhood? Portland Parks and Recreation arborists will answer your questions in a live question and answer presentation on June 16, 2020 at 1:00pm.
Registration is required to ask questions, so sign up today and ask your tree question or submit photographs online by June 5 HERE.
Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has restricted access to the neighborhood greenway system to local traffic only. The points on this map show where the signage is located. Neighborhood greenways are slow, calm residential streets that prioritize people walking and bicycling. The restrictions will allow people to travel safely and give space to others.
All essential vehicle trips are allowed. People who live, work, and need access to homes and businesses are allowed to drive on the street.
Expect to see crews in the park using motorized equipment to cut and remove invasive plants between May 4th and May 26th. This and other site restoration work will result in temporary trail closures (signs will be in place when trails are closed). Please use caution throughout the park as crews will be moving between multiple work areas.
This is part of the Errol Heights Park Site Restoration work to control invasive plants. The goal of the site restoration work is to control invasive plants and restore valuable habitat areas by planting more native trees and shrubs.
For more information please visit the project page. Click here!
Out of an abundance of caution and with the health of our community in mind, we have made the decision to temporarily alter our services in response to COVID-19.
Based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and local public health officials, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is closing all of its community centers and pools, and canceling all indoor PP&R activities, programs, and rentals. The tentative reopening date for the bureau’s indoor facilities is April 1, 2020.
PP&R 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.
All PP&R facilities: All community and arts centers, swimming pools, and sports facilities are closed through March 31, 2020.
All PP&R indoor programs: All indoor recreation and athletic programs are canceled through March 31, 2020.
PP&R facility rentals and permitted events in PP&R community centers: All indoor permitted events are canceled.
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All PP&R parks, playgrounds, golf courses, trails, and natural areas are currently open. Park visitors are encouraged to follow direction from public health agencies and elected officials around social distancing.
PP&R outdoor activities and events with less than 250 people can go on as planned.
PP&R will encourage participants at outdoor offerings and events to follow social distancing guidance.
We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause, and we will continue to update you about PP&R’s response to COVID-19.
This week the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be updating the speed limit on two segments of SE Flavel Street. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from 52nd to 92nd avenues and from 112th Avenue to Deardorff Road.
The reduced speed limits support the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at http://visionzeroportland.com.
George Lozovoy, the Portland Parks and Recreation project manager for renovation of Errol Heights Park, will go over the Land Use Notice and describe the park’s features: amenities such as splash pad, skate spot, stairways, picnic and playground in the upper level; accessible trails, slope restructuring, tree preservation, and beaver ponds in the lower, natural area; park access via new sidewalks on surrounding streets. George will answer questions, remark on temporary trail closures, and provide a timeline for implementation of the renovation project.