Portland Parks & Recreation’s Washington Park Introduces New, Free Pay-by-Phone Parking App, Passport

March 12, 2015

Pay or add more parking time from inside any Washington Park attraction (or inside your car) using your phone or mobile device


(Portland, OR) –

Visitors enjoying Washington Park will soon be able to say goodbye to rushing back to the parking lot to feed the meter. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Washington Park Transportation Management Association (WPTMA) have partnered with mobile payment specialists, Passport, Inc. to offer a free, mobile parking payment service throughout all of Washington Park’s metered parking spaces. The new PassportParking app is an alternative to paying at the meter, comes at no cost for drivers to use, and will provide the convenience and ease of paying to park or adding more time from smart phones. The application is free to download, and users will not be charged any fee to use the system.


What: Pay for parking in Washington Park with any mobile device. Avoid lines at pay stations. Add time from anywhere in the park with cell service, including inside the park’s world-class attractions.

When: Right now!

Where:Washington Park. This new system is currently available to pay for parking at all sites throughout the park (wherever there is cell service).

How: Download the PassportParking app on iPhone or Android, or use the mobile websitehttps://m.ppprk.com/. An interactive voice system is also available at 503-278-5748. PassportParking is free to download and users will not be charged any fee to use the system.

Why: Convenience!Benefits for Washington Park Visitors include:

  • Skip the line at the pay station
  • Extend parking sessions from anywhere in the park
  • Receive reminders
  • View or print parking receipts
  • Secure payment


“Making parking hassle-free is just one more way we’re working to create an amazing experience for visitors to Washington Park,” says Heather McCarey, Executive Director of the Washington Park Transportation Management Association. “We’re thrilled to be partners with Passport to successfully implement Portland’s first pay-by-phone parking payment service.”

As an additional convenience to park visitors, the WPTMA will not pass along any transaction fee to users of the new service. This means visitors to Washington Park pay the same amount for parking from their phone as they would from the pay station.

About Washington Park

Whether you are seeking excitement or tranquility, Washington Park is the place for you and your family. With over 400 acres of trees, gardens, attractions, playgrounds and 15 miles of trails, Washington Park is an oasis of green space just minutes from downtown Portland.

On January 10th, 2014, parking pay stations were installed in Washington Park. All parking proceeds are reinvested in improvements in and around the park.

About Passport

Passport is the industry-leading mobile payments company specializing in integrated urban mobility solutions. The company provides feature rich software platforms that offer parking and transit agencies a more effective and efficient way to manage their operations and serve their customers. Passport’s mobile payment systems are deployed in over 1,000 locations in 43 states and provinces across the US and Canada, with clients such as Chicago, Toronto and Boston.


Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. For more information, please visit www.GoPassport.com



Mark Ross – Public Information Officer

Portland Parks & Recreation

503-823-5300 (office); 503-823-6634 (cell)


Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland


Amanda Fritz, Commissioner | Mike Abbaté, Director


Heather McCarey – Executive Director

Washington Park TMA





Haley Bohon – Project Manager, PassportParking

704-899-5158; cell 336-904-1252