The Portland Parks Foundation is dedicated to connecting Portlanders to nature and to each other through the city’s parks, public spaces, and natural areas. We help people help our parks.
Created in 2001 as a part of the Vision 2020 plan for Portland’s parks system, the Foundation is an independent 501c3 non-profit. We lead, develop partnerships, and raise money to fund new facilities, enhance existing ones, and support programs to put our parks system within reach of all. We are the chief philanthropic partner of Portland Parks & Recreation.
PPF has played prominent roles in the creation of Director Park, Holly Farm Park, and Thomas Cully Park. We partnered with Nike to resurface basketball courts throughout the city and with Columbia Sportswear to renovate and care for Sellwood Park. We partner with PP&R to present Summer Free For All and Lunch + Play, bringing free concerts, movies, and other activities to the city’s parks while serving more than 100,000 free lunches to kids in the Portland’s most financially challenged neighborhoods.
Among our newest initiatives, we are at work developing an aging playground equipment replacement fund, swim lesson scholarships, and a restoration of the iconic gazebo at Peninsula Park, Portland’s only remaining architectural expression of the early-century City Beautiful movement.