Parking

After extensive planning and discussions between the City of Portland, Metro, Washington Park attractions and partners, park-wide changes have arrived at Portland Parks & Recreation’s Washington Park.

 

On January 10th, 2014 parking pay stations were installed in Washington Park.  All parking proceeds will be reinvested in improvements in and around the park, including:

  • Better maintenance and security
  • Free park-wide shuttle service
  • Improved safety for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and disabled visitors (for example: better signs, barrier-free sidewalks, and crosswalks)
  • A new park-wide master plan

For tips on how to use the new system check out this short video:

 

We want your visit to Washington Park to be a pleasant experience, and that includes driving and parking within the park.

 

The south side of the park has the largest parking areas.  During the current season (Oct-Mar), the parking fee is $1.60 per hour and $4.00 all day.  Parking fees will be required between the hours of 9:30 AM and 9:30 PM on the southern side of the park (from the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial lot to west lot and south lot) and between 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM for the northern end of the park (Hoyt Arboretum to the tennis courts, Int’l Rose Test Gardens and northern entrances of the park).

 

On busy days, the lots may be congested and are often full. Visitors are encouraged to ride the bus, take MAX, or carpool if possible.  If the lots are full, you may be detoured to nearby satellite lots and brought to and from the park by shuttle bus.

 

Right now, Washington Park and its attractions are implementing the Washington Park Transportation and Management Plan. This includes reinvesting the new pay-to-park system fees into improvements in and around Washington Park.

 

Some quick facts about the plan are below.

 

WHAT:

The City of Portland’s Parks & Recreation Bureau owns all of the parking spaces in Washington Park and has installed a new pay-to-park system. This includes pay stations in the south lots which serve the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, and other park features.

 

WHERE:

Pay-to-park will be enforced in all lined and numbered parking spaces throughout the park, including:

  • the south parking lots that service the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial, the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, the World Forestry Center and  the Hoyt Arboretum parking lots;
  • the north parking lots associated with the Japanese Garden, the International Test Rose Garden;
  • striped street parking throughout the park;
  • and at the archery range along Kingston Boulevard.

All spaces for which parking fees will be charged will be lined and numbered. You can see a map of pay-to-park locations here: Washington Park’s Pay-To-Park Map Locations

 

WHEN:

As of January 10th, 2014

 

WHO:

 

Portland City Council has directed Portland Parks & Recreation to initiate this new paid parking system to provide safer and better service to park visitors.  PP&R is working closely with all the attractions in the park to make the transition to this new pay-to-park system as smooth as possible.

 

A critical partner in this effort is the newly formed Washington Park Transportation Management Association (WP-TMA) who will provide comprehensive transportation management programs and services to Washington Park. The WP-TMA is guided by a Board of Directors with representatives from Portland Parks & Recreation, the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, the World Forestry Center, Portland Children’s Museum, TriMet, as well as Sylvan Highlands and Arlington Heights Neighborhood Associations.

 

WHY:

All parking fees will be reinvested into improvements in and around Washington Park to provide:

  • Better maintenance and security
  • Free park-wide shuttle service
  • Improved safety for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and disabled visitors (for example: better signs, barrier-free sidewalks, and crosswalks)
  • A new park-wide master plan

 

HOW MUCH:

Parking fees mirror downtown Portland’s hourly rate of $1.60/ hour with a $4 daily maximum during the non-peak season, and $6.40 daily maximum during peak season. Peak season will be April 1st – September 30th, and non-peak season will run from October 1st – March 31st.

 

HOURS:

Pay-to-park hours for the southern end of the park (from the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial lot to west lot and south lot) are 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

 

Pay-to-park hours for the northern end of the park (Hoyt Arboretum to the tennis courts, Int’l Rose Test Gardens and northern entrances of the park) are 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

All pay station transactions will allow the first 30 minutes of parking for free. You still need to put your parking space number into the pay station to get this free 30 minutes. Instructions will be on the machine.

 

OVERSIZE VEHICLE INFORMATION:

Planning on bringing your bus, RV, or trailer to Washington Park? Before you do please read about oversize vehicle parking and regulations here: Oversize Vehicle Parking and Regulations

 

MORE INFORMATION:

Here are links to more detailed information on the Washington Park Transportation and Parking Management Plan:

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s this about paid parking?

Letter from Mike Abbaté, Director of Portland Parks and Recreation

Letter from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

 

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