Portland Parks & Recreation will close several parks to vehicle traffic on or by early Thursday morning to help promote safe social distancing practices and discourage overcrowding.
While parks remain open, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the required six foot distance between park visitors, put in place for the COVID-19 public health emergency by Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
The closure of park road gates will help ensure we maintain a healthy balance of visitors in our parks and natural areas.
The following parks will be closed to motor vehicles on or by Thursday, 3/26/2020, and until further notice:
- Pittock Mansion
- Washington Park (SW Kingston Drive - the road through the park - will be closed; other roads open for Water Bureau project)
- Hoyt Arboretum (Fisher Lane only)
- Council Crest
- Kelly Point Park
- Sellwood Riverfront Park
- Mt Tabor Park
- Hillside Park
- Sellwood Park
- Powell Butte (already closed in partnership with the Portland Water Bureau)
- More parks with vehicle access may be added in the coming days, TBD.
These parks remain open to those walking, rolling, or strolling. We urge all park visitors to pack out what they bring in. The road closures will continue until further notice. This is a necessary step to support public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.