City wide issues



Rose Garden is 100

Join your neighbors in celebration
of Portland's Rose History!
All are invited to a FREE family event –
11:00AM - 8:30PM
The Rose Garden is turning 100 years old – 1917-2017.
In the City of Roses, that means it's time for neighbors and friends to celebrate, and all are invited!
  • Kickoff ceremony – 11:00AM in the Royal Rosarian Garden – with City Commissioner Eudaly.
  • Free Cupcakes – for the first 500 guests, following the 11:00AM kickoff.
  • Art among the roses – Youth Art Gallery – Students from across the Portland Public School system have created art that celebrates roses, city-scapes, and Portland.
  • Garden tours – hourly from noon-5:00PM, meet near the Rose Garden Store.
  • Rose finder and discovery guide – follow the map and find the flags that identify special varieties of roses, and learn what makes them unique.
  • Music in the roses – Stroll the garden and find local musicians playing tunes to entertain you.
  • Painting station and Rose crafts – where adults and kids can get their own art on.
  • Rose ice tea samples – in the Shakespeare Garden.
  • Rose ice cream – developed especially for this event by Salt & Straw.
  • Over the years – a historic display of the garden.
  • Rose temporary tattoos – a beautiful reminder of the day.
  • Food vendors – plenty to eat and drink so you can wander the garden and enjoy.
  • Ribbon cutting – 6:00PM in the Royal Rosarian Garden – City Commissioner Fritz will lead a celebratory ribbon cutting honoring completion of the ADA accessibility project, funded by the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond.
  • Concert in the Rose Garden Amphiteater – we are combining this event with the Washington Park Summer Festival and have a free concert scheduled for 6:30PM with Pilón d’Azucar (Cuban salsa, timba, Afro-Cuban jazz).
  • Please read the info graphic below for travel tips on getting to the event.
Full event details:
info graphic on travel to the garden
503-823-PLAY (7529)


Keep cool

The new Poet’s Beach on the Willamette River is open daily and a great way to cool off in the heat.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week it is predicted Portland will experience a major heatwave. Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits and remain high for several days.

Prepare yourself and family for the hot temperatures that are predicted. Check in on your neighbors and loved ones. Elderly persons, small children, and those with chronic health issues are particularly susceptible to heat reactions.

Multnomah County’s “help for when it’s hot” website provides guidance on how to take care of yourself and others during this heatwave and has a list of cooling centers, their amenities and operational hours (starting today, August 1).

211 Info provides up-to-date information on available relief centers, shelter and services, including transportation.

TRIMET service may be disrupted during this heat emergency. Prepare for delays. Carry water with you when you travel. Check the TRIMET website for scheduled disruptions and alerts at

There are spaces throughout the city that can provide relief in these extreme temperatures. Residents who do not have access to cool places are encouraged to visit the locations below to avoid the heat.


Cooling centers will open Tuesday, Aug. 1 and remain open through at least Monday, Aug. 7 at the locations listed below. All cooling centers will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Pets and children are welcome at these cooling center locations. Snacks and water are also available. Call Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services at 503-988-3646 for more information.
  • Multnomah County Walnut Park Building
5325 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland
  • Hollywood Senior Center
820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland
  • American Legion Post 134
2104 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30am-7pm, Friday, 10:30am-5pm

Transportation to these cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged. All rides are free of charge.


Trees in Portland

Take Portland's Tree Planting Survey -
How can we best provide trees for everyone?
Share your opinions about tree planting in this short survey that closes July 5.
Help the City of Portland develop its tree planting strategy to ensure that all residents have access to trees. Currently, tree canopy in Portland is not equitably distributed throughout the city: lower income neighborhoods have significantly lower tree canopy than other neighborhoods.
Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry is partnering with community members, stakeholders, and Portland State University to identify the best ways to expand tree canopy access for all residents. Feedback from this short survey will help us understand opportunities and barriers to tree planting in our communities.

Learn more about the Citywide Tree Planting Strategy at
Branch Out PDX.


Washington Park

Help us shape Washington Park
for the next
25 years.
Participate in our online Party in the Park.
Please take a few moments
to review the proposed Washington Park Master Plan options
and let us know what you think.
Washington Park montage of photos
Participate online - complete the online survey
Complete the online survey by Sunday, April 30
All survey participants will be entered to win great prizes including:
  1. Passes to the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Portland's Children's Museum, PP&R Golf Courses, PP&R Community Centers, the Portland Japanese Garden
  2. Private Rose Garden Tour with Kimberly Bown – President of Friends of
    the Rose Garden
  3. 1 limited edition 2017 Royal Rosarian pin “For You a Rose in Portland Grows”
  4. Reserved blanket space at the Washington Park Summer Concert
    on Saturday, August 26
How You Can Help Us?
We want to know what you think about Washington Park: Do you love visiting the park or avoid it? Or maybe you think the park is for someone else, but not for you? We want to know. Give us your feedback on the Master Plan concepts.
Washington Park is a Portland icon beloved by many, and now we have a chance to make it better and more inviting for all Portlanders. We’re looking for community members to shape the future of Washington Park by reviewing the two Master Plan concepts and providing feedback. We want to make sure the Park is YOUR park! Join us online to make your mark on Washington Park.
About the Project
Washington Park is “Portland’s backyard” with 450 acres of beautiful gardens and natural areas, and many of the City’s key attractions, including the International Rose Test Garden, Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, and Hoyt Arboretum. We’re currently planning for the future of this iconic park by updating its Master Plan. The updated Master Plan will be complete in winter 2017. For more information on this project, please visit here.
Help us shape Washington Park
for the
next 25 years.
Participate online - complete the online survey
pretty photo of roses
503-823-PLAY (7529)

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