Located on the outer edge of east Portland, the Parkrose neighborhood is an independent and vibrant community with the proximity of a major city, but the personality and charm of a smaller town. It is home to more than 6,000 people (population estimate as of 2016). It is one of the closest neighborhoods to the Portland International Airport and as such is easily accessible via public transportation or car. Major freeways I-84 and I-205 run nearby the neighborhood.
Initially a smaller farming and residential suburb, the neighborhood became primarily a community of people who enjoyed a more rural feel to their daily life without the faster pace of living in an urban area. It was eventually annexed by Portland. Of all of Portland’s neighborhoods, the Parkrose neighborhood has retained perhaps the largest sense of independence from the city of Portland and has its own independent school district, the Parkrose School District.
Homes are affordable and the majority are mid-century ranches and old-style bungalows.
Parkrose has a community garden, located at NE 112th and Prescott, which is part of a local park called Senn’s Dairy Park. It was named for a business that held is operations at the current site of the park. It includes a grassy lawn with a picnic table, a walking path, a playground, and more.
Rossi Farms, located at 122nd and Shaver, is a locally-owned family farm. In the summertime, they often show movies on the side of the barn and offer a great slice of old Parkrose, inviting the surrounding community to help retain the heritage of the neighborhood. Rossi Farms is just one example of the neighborhood’s “agricultural zones”—there are a number of larger lots devoted to farming. Even if they do not devote their own green spaces to farming, neighbors take great pride in maintaining their yards and homes.
Zip Code: 97220
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Some bike infrastructure