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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 will begin this fall 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 will be removed starting September 12, 2016 through at least March 2017. Expect major delays if you drive to the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden on a sunny day! 


Free Shuttle -  Weekends in September and October

Starting weekends in April - daily May through September - take TriMet MAX Light Rail to the Washington Park MAX Station and then hop on our free shuttle to get to the gardens and access the rest of Washington Park

The free shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes daily Map through September and on weekends in April and October


The Japanese Garden and Rose Garden remain open.  Two major road closures in the park will make it more difficult to drive in and around the park. SW Sherwood Blvd and SW Lewis & Clark Way will be closed. The main entrance to the park from the City Center will now be via 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.