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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Picnics, Weddings, Facilities, Events, Rules, and Policies

Portland Parks & Recreation has many different venues available for rental. Whether you are planning a wedding, a family or neighborhood event, a company picnic or a sports tournament, we have a site for you!

When planning your event, it is very important to contact the Customer Service Center as early as possible to receive the most current information on the park of your choice. Many parks have unique requirements. Staff can update you on everything from construction schedules and bathroom closures, to noise limitations and application deadlines (some as long as 60 days). We can also direct you to other city, county, and state agencies for additional information, if necessary, as well as provide manuals and guides to aid in planning your special event. For information about permits for large public events (more than 1,000 people), call 503-823-2525.

Notice for picnics in Washington Park
Portland Parks & Recreation picnic sites within Washington Park may be impacted due to the construction of the Reservoir Improvement Project by the Portland Water Bureau. The construction may close streets as well as parking throughout the park.


1120 SW 5th Avenue, First Floor, Portland, Oregon 97201
503-823-2525 (office)  |  503-823-2515 (fax) | (email)
Phone hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday


PICNICS Permitting for picnics opens on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:30am.
That includes phone-in, walk-in, and online reservations.
WEDDINGS The 2020 Wedding Lottery opens Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:30am and closes Thursday, December 5, 2019. The Wedding Lottery drawing will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019. Permitting for all other weddings opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Please call the Customer Service Center to start your reservation. 503-823-2525.
COMMERCIAL First right of refusal started December 1, 2019. Open applications are accepted starting January 2, 2020.
PUBLIC EVENTS Open applications accepted starting October 1, 2019. All returning events are encouraged to re-apply no later than December 31 to retain their locations and dates.
WATERFRONT PARK EVENT APPLICATIONS Open applications accepted starting October 2019. Call 503-865-2375 for more information or to receive a RFP application.
BOAT DOCKING PERMITS To obtain a docking permit along the seawall at Waterfront Park, the North Breakwater at Riverplace Marina, or Swan Island Boat Ramp, call 503-823-2525, option 6.

Gateway Discovery Park

Rental areas at Gateway Discovery Park include the plaza, porch, lawn, performance plaza, and the picnic area.

Film, Video Production, and Still Photography

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) created this policy to support film and video production as well as still photography within City of Portland parks.