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Hours and Location

Water Bureau Construction

One of the largest project's in the parks history is taking place over the next 2 years. The Water Bureau's Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project is a massive undertaking, and has major implications on parking and traffic for visitors who drive to the park.



Nearly 50% of all parking near the International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden is removed through March 2018. If you drive to the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden on a sunny day, expect delays. Parking fills by 11:00 a.m. on sunny days.



The best option is to park at a TriMet Park & Ride location or at a downtown SmartPark parking garage and hop on TriMet MAX Light Rail to the Washington Park Station. From the MAX Station, hop on the free shuttle for a hassle-free visit!

The free shuttle is a great option for reaching the Gardens and all other areas of Washington Park. 
The shuttle runs about every 15 minutes daily, May through September, and on weekends in April and October



The Japanese Garden and Rose Garden remain open.  Two major road closures in the park make it more difficult to drive in and around the park. SW Sherwood Blvd and SW Lewis & Clark Way are closed. The main entrance to the park from the City Center is now via W Burnside. Vehicles won't have access to the Children's Playground, Elephant House, and Soccer Field -- however, they remain open for visitors on bike, rolling or walking.

tour bus routes

Tour buses can access SW Sherwood Blvd for parking and passenger loading. See the map below for directions.


Bike Route

Bike commuters who use the park should be aware of construction impacts and closures. Follow the bike routes detailed on the construction bike for the best bike commuting routes. 

Have more questions?

Visit the Water Bureau's Project Website here.