PORTLAND – Starting on January 10, all visitors to Washington Park, including the Oregon Zoo and Portland Children’s Museum, will have to pay to park there.
Currently, only non-members have to pay the parking fees.
Portland City Council approved the deal in 2012, hoping the fees would help raise $2 million dollars a year for roads, sidewalks and other improvements in the area.
Background: Parking meters coming to Wash. Park, zoo
“The parking revenues will fund a whole collaborative system of access, parking improvements, security improvements for people with disabilities, cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, and a new, park-wide master plan” said Portland Parks and Recreation spokesman Mark Ross.
Thursday Ross unveiled the new parking meters and explained that visitors can park free for 30 minutes. Any longer than that will cost $1.60 per hour or $4 for the whole day.
Paid parking will be in designated areas only. Many trail heads will remain free. Paid parking hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. around the Oregon Zoo and Children’s Museum, and 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. from the Hoyt Arboretum north to the International Rose Test Gardens.