Preparing for the Return of Visitors with New Resources
PORTLAND, Ore. - As Oregon gradually reopens, Washington Park is getting ready for you and we’re taking your personal safety seriously. Explore Washington Park is rolling out new visitor resources and adapting its current services to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Here is what’s new – all roadways into the Park re-open tomorrow, Friday, May 22. Remember, you don’t need to touch a parking meter to park. Go mobile by using the Parking Kitty app to pay for parking.
You can expect to see new sanitation resources throughout the Park. Explore Washington Park is installing several handwashing stations in the coming week. This weekend, Portland Parks & Recreation is reopening two additional public bathrooms that have been closed. Find their locations on this map.
Have questions? In lieu of in-person visitor services, Explore Washington Park now offers visitor services daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through our information line (503) 319-0999. We’ve also created a one-stop, parkwide COVID-19 information page to keep you updated on the status of all of the Park’s services and amenities.
“Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off our busy summer season. While COVID-19 has changed most everything this year, we’re committed to making our beautiful Park spaces welcoming and safe as communities begin reopening,” said Heather McCarey, Explore Washington Park Executive Director. “We’ll continue to evolve our services to provide the best experience for our visitors and support our cultural institutions.”
Reopening dates have not been set for Washington Park’s cherished institutions. However, they’re each preparing to welcome you back by establishing new physical distancing protocols and safety measures for when they are able to reopen. Learn more about each institution, their at-home resources, and ways you can still support their ongoing initiatives online.
• Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center
• Oregon Zoo
• Portland Children’s Museum
• Portland Japanese Garden
• World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum
While the International Rose Test Garden is open to the public with rerouted pathways and access to help ease congestion, visiting in off-peak times during the week is still recommended. Washington Park’s natural areas and trails are open to the public, including those within Hoyt Arboretum. Playgrounds, tennis courts, and the archery range remain closed at this time. If you choose to visit, remember to keep a physical distance of at least six feet from others.
Our Washington Park free shuttle service is also suspended until it’s considered safe to operate again by state and local authorities.
The new Explore Washington Park 2020/2021 visitor map is now available and being distributed throughout the greater metro area. Contact us for free hard copies.
About Explore Washington Park
Explore Washington Park is a non-profit dedicated to improving access and visitor experience for Washington Park. The organization provides visitor service programs including a free shuttle, which helps people access the Park’s green spaces, trails, and cultural institutions – Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Japanese Garden, and International Rose Test Garden. Explore Washington Park was established in 2014 and is funded through parking meter revenue in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation.
For more information about Washington Park visit explorewashingtonpark.org.
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