Oaks Park reopens just in time for Spring Break

For the first time since the pandemic began, the Oaks Park season will not be canceled or delayed by COVID.

Today the association that operates the 117-year-old attraction on the east side of the Sellwood Bridge announced that it will reopen all of its rides, miniature golf course and midway games on March 19.

As anyone with children knows, the launch coincides with spring break and, for many parents, the added need to keep students busy when school is out. While the roller coaster might not be the best babysitters, the park could be a helpful place for families to release some of that pent-up pandemic energy, and it will operate daily during this time, from noon to 5 p.m. until March 27. The historic roller-skating rink is also open during spring break, though hours vary by day.

Last year, Oaks Park lit the Ferris wheel in the spring, but not until mid-April. Even though this season was shorter than normal, it was a welcome change from 2020, when the site remained dark for the first time in its history.

Capacity continues to be limited, so to ensure access to attractions, customers must continue to purchase ride wristbands and book tee times online. On-site purchases are subject to availability.

Oaks Park Picnic Areas, a part of Portland’s social events for more than a century, are also now available for reservation for the 2022 season.

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