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I. COVID-19 Updates
II. Venues
III. In the News
IV. Benefits of Nature Play 

Refer to the Washington Park COVID-19 Update Page for current information on venues.

UPDATE [9/11/20]: All Portland Parks & Recreation Parks and Natural Areas are CLOSED to the public due to wildfires.

The emergency declaration by Mayor Ted Wheeler is in response to the threat of "extreme wildfire conditions to lives and properties."

Washington Park is closed until further notice due to unhealthy levels of smoke in the air and extreme fire danger. This includes the archery range, hiking trails, the International Rose Test Garden, and all public lands.

The Explore Washington Park free shuttle has been suspended. Check with individual cultural institutions for closures. Please stay safe and remain inside.

Washington Park’s natural areas and trails are CLOSED to the public. Specific areas are closed where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Check out a Road Closures Map before visiting.

The Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum’s ground & trails, the tennis courts, and the archery range are CLOSED due to the wildfires.

Portland Children's Museum and the World Forestry Center are temporarily CLOSED due to COVID-19.

Learn more here.

The safety of Park visitors and employees remains the first priority. Do your part to keep Portland safe:

  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Follow all Portland Parks & Recreation rules.
  • Follow all CDC safety guidelines.
  • Refer to the new Handwashing Station Map.

Washington Park FREE Shuttle:
Update [SUSPENDED DUE TO WILDFIRES]: When operating, the free shuttle service runs Friday–Sunday from 9:30 am–7 pm. Safety protocols are in place.

Real Time Parking Availability:
Save time before your visit! Check out Washington Park's new Parking widget to gauge parking levels at your favorite park destinations. 

When the Musuem is open, combine your trip with a visit to these world-class destinations:

Hoyt Arboretum: [CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRES] Beloved site of years of exploration and discovery by Opal School students, the arboretum was a major source of inspiration for our Outdoor Adventure. Enjoy 187 acres of beautifully wooded ridgetop.

Oregon Zoo: [CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRES] Visit the wildest place in Oregon. On 64 acres, the world community of animals and humans inspires guests to create a better future for wildlife.

World Forestry Center: [CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19] We're thrilled to have this family-friendly museum as our nextdoor neighbor.

World Forestry Center teaches visitors about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and the world. 

WA Park Footbridge Wins International Design Awards (September 2020)

The Barbara Walker Crossing, a colorful footbridge enjoyed by hikers and runners on the Wildwood Trail, won two 2020 Coda Awards—beating out dozens of architectural projects around the world while eliminating what had been a dangerous pedestrian crossing.

The Wildwood Trail connects neighboring Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park to Pittock Mansion in Forest Park, and is considered one of the longest urban hiking trails in the country. 


Check out the powerful effects of GREENNESS! Time spent in the great outdoors can lead to happier, healthier, and more creative lives.

Children by Nature:
8 Ways Nature Helps Kids Learn

Science Alert:
Children Need to Spend Time Alone Outdoors to Bond with Nature

Opal School Blog Post | Outdoor Education Specialist Amy Maki:
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