Portland-Area Water Parks, Fountains, and Features

Summer Water Fun

When the weather gets hot, it’s time to get wet!  There are lots of options in Portland to get outside and beat the heat with these neighborhood outdoor water features, splash pads and water parks.

Too hot for even this?  Check out our indoor pools guide.

SE Portland
SW Portland
N Portland
NE Portland
NW Porltand
Gresham
Clackamas
Milwaukie
Oregon City
Beaverton / Hillsboro / Tigard
Lake Oswego / West Linn
Tualatin / Sherwood / Wilsonville
Vancouver & SW Washington

SE Portland

Earl Boyles Park – SE 112th Ave & Boise St, Portland — Splash pad, playground and picnic tables

Essex Park – SE 79th Ave & Center St, Portland — Splash pad and play area directly adjacent to one another and close to parking.

Raymond Park – SE 118th Ave & Raymond St, Portland — A charming oasis with a pretty neat splash pad.

Stark Street Island Park – SE 106th Ave & Stark St, Portland — This fountain is called “The Rose Petal” and was installed in 1978.

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SW Portland

Bill Naito Legacy Fountain in Waterfront Park – Waterfront Park at SW Ankeny St, Portland — The setting of the venerable Saturday Market, is transformed and crowned by a splendid fountain.

Elizabeth Caruthers Park – 3508 SW Moody Ave, Portland — Amenities include bocce court, unpaved paths, splash pad, and public art.

Keller Fountain Park – SW 3rd Ave & Clay St, Portland — Amenities include fountain, paved paths, and public art.

Lovejoy Fountain Park – SW 3rd Ave & Harrison St, Portland — Has signs posted “No Wading”, so you take your chances.

Waterfront Park – Naito Pkwy between SW Harrison S & NW Glisan St, Portland — The fountain is controlled by an underground computer that changes the pattern of the fountain’s 185 water jets.

Director Park – 815 SW Park Ave, Portland — A fountain and wireless internet access…a win-win!

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N Portland

Columbia Park – N Lombard St & Woolsey Ave, Portland — Splash pad + baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, playground and more.

Pier Park – N Lombard St & Bruce Ave, Portland — Splash pad, skate park, playground and more!

Farragut Park – N Kerby Ave & Farragut St, Portland — A splash pad with some history: Farragut Park is named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, a Civil War hero famous for saying, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

Kenton Park – 8417 N Brandon Ave, Portland — Splash pad, basketball courts, soccer field, paved paths, and playground.

McCoy Park – N Trenton St & Newman Ave, Portland — Notable artwork through out the park, splash pad, playground and picnic tables.

Northgate Park – N Geneva Ave & Fessenden St, Portland — Picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, splash pad, tennis court and more.

Peninsula Park – 700 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland — Originally purchased by the city in 1909 for $60,000. Can you imagine what it would cost today?

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NE Portland

Holladay Park – NE 11th & Holladay St, Portland — Amenities include a spouting fountain, picnic tables and public art.

Irving Park – NE 7th Ave & Fremont St, Portland — Big water feature, relatively new.

Woodlawn Park – NE 13th Ave & Dekum St, Portland — Very cool splash pad.

Grant Park – NE 33rd Ave & US Grant Pl, Portland

Essential Forces Fountain – Rose Quarter, south side of the Rose Garden, Portland

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NW Portland

Jamison Square – 810 NW 11th Ave, Portland — The focal point of the park is a fountain which simulates a shallow tidal pool.

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Gresham

Blue Lake Regional Park – 20500 NE Marine Drive, Fairview — The colorful, action-packed features spray, gush, dump and pour water from a variety of whimsical devices including oversized nozzles, buckets and even a large frog you can leap through.

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Clackamas

Happy Valley Park – 13770 SE Ridgecrest Road, Happy Valley — This spectacular facility boasts sixteen (16) water sprays in a variety of spray sequences. Parents can sit and watch their children play while enjoying the relaxing sound of the water. The splash pad, which has no standing water, is equipped with showers, streams and water sprays. Included with the splash pad is a restroom facility with eight (8) individual bathrooms and drinking fountains.

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Milwaukie

Max Patterson Memorial Park – 400 E. Exeter St, Gladstone — The interactive spray park feature utilizes a recirculating water system with a filtration unit and chlorine sanitizer.

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Oregon City

Carnegie Park – 606 John Adams St., Oregon City — Open daily from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Rivercrest Park – 131 Park Drive, Oregon City — Features in-ground and above-ground spray nozzles, water cannons, splash buckets and much more! The Spray Park is open daily during the summer, through Labor Day, from 10 am to 8 pm, weather permitting.

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Beaverton / Hillsboro / Tigard

Conestoga Recreation Center – 9985 SW 125th Ave, Beaverton — Outdoors plash pad adjacent to indoor pool facility.

City Park Fountain – 4550 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton — The City Park Fountain opens the day of the Farmer’s Market. It shuts down for the season with Farmer’s Market, or when the weather starts getting cooler.

Magnolia Park – 1810 NW 192nd Ave, Hillsboro

53rd Avenue Community Park – 300 NE 53rd Ave, Hillsboro — The southeast portion of the park has artificial turf multi-sport fields, concessions, restrooms, a plaza area with water play fountain, tennis courts, basketball court, creative children’s play area and parking.

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Lake Oswego / West Linn

Tanner Creek Park – 3456 Parker Road, West Linn — This beautiful park contains play structures, a shelter, water feature play area, basketball court, tennis court, two restrooms, a skate park, picnic tables and a beautiful open grass area.

Millennium Plaza Park – 200 1st Street, Lake Oswego

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Tualatin / Sherwood / Wilsonville

Tualatin Commons – 8325 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin — Open daily from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Town Center Park – 29800 SW Park Place, Wilsonville — In addition to the water feature, Town Center Park includes playground equipment, a stage area, a picnic shelter, basketball half court, the Oregon Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, and the Clackamas County Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce.

Murase Plaza – 8300 SW Memorial Drive, Wilsonville — Located near Wilsonville’s library, this section of the park includes a combination of features including an amphitheater, picnic shelter, play areas, historic barn and interactive water feature.

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Vancouver & SW Washington

Esther Short Park – W. 8th & Columbia, Vancouver

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GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES (from the Portland Water Bureau website)

Look but don’t drink! The water flowing in decorative fountains is not for drinking. To conserve water, most of these fountains recycle water. The water is chlorinated to a level comparable with swimming pools.

Be safe! Although people enjoy splashing around in the interactive fountains, (Jamison Square, McCoy, Holladay Park, Salmon Street Springs), there are potential dangers for unattended children.

Please use caution at all fountains. Slippery surfaces, rapidly moving water, and pools of water require careful attention.

Most of the Portland Water Bureau’s municipal decorative fountains operate spring through fall from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. If a fountain is not operating during that time period, the Portland Water Bureau is performing maintenance or repairs to the fountain. If repair work is necessary, the bureau restores fountains to full operation as quickly as possible.

Aesthetics are important to us! The Regional Arts and Culture Council advises the Portland Water Bureau on maintenance of bronze sculptures. The natural aging of unprotected bronze causes the green color (patina) found on some of the bronze sculptures in the fountains.

We take fountain operations very seriously! The decorative fountains are turned off during winter months for maintenance and repairs.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Portland’s Municipal Fountains – Portland Water Bureau
Portland Water Fountains
Download a self-guided tour of downtown Portland’s fountains

  • Lil25

    Indoor pools are lame (not to mention they smell like chlorine and are usually fungus-infested). I wish they would quit building them. The point of a pool is to have a place to lay out, either on a lounge chair or, even better, on an inflatable raft in the water! Not only are there no good outdoor water parks, but there aren’t even any lakes with good swimming beaches around here. :(

  • Michael D. Barton

    It’s a shame that folks in SW Portland have only downtown fountains as options, unless you venture into Beaverton, Tigard, etc. Would love to see a splash pad at a SW Portland neighborhood park such as Gabriel Park or Holly Farm Park.

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