Building A Community of Neighbors


Our neighborhood is nestled against freeways but still contains major natural resources, such as Rocky Butte and Gateway Green. We are also home to The Grotto, Madison High School, and Jason Lee K-8 School. We are part of the Central Northeast Neighborhood Coalition.

Map of Madison South

Rocky Butte Natural Area and Rocky Butte State Park add history, trails, and scenic views to the neighborhood.

Rocky Butte

Gateway Green is transforming an unused swath of land between freeways into a center for biking and other activities.


Dharma Rain Zen Center is transforming a plot of land which was once a center of controversy and contention into a zen garden of neighborhood pride.

Dharma Rain Zen Center

A group of committed neighbors joined together, with the help of the Urban Farm Collective, to create the Beech Street Community Garden.

Beech Street Community Garden

The Grotto is a place of peace and sanctuary and also home to the annual Christmas Festival of Lights–featuring a multitude of seasonal lights and choirs singing seasonal songs.


Glenhaven Park, shared between the Madison South and the Roseway neighborhoods brings children out to play, athletes out to compete, walkers to stretch their legs, and skateboarders to test the contours of the skate park.

Glenhaven Park


Latest News

Help Jason Lee Elementary Win All Abilities Playground Equipment

One of Portland’s NE neighborhood schools has an opportunity to win all-abilities playground equipment. Jason Lee School in NE is a finalist to win a new playground from Moda Health and The Blazers. (The other two finalists are schools in Hermiston and Tillamook.) There are no all abilities playgrounds in this NE community, so this…

Get Your Rocky Butte Times Here

It’s here! Check out the latest issue of Rocky Butte Times Winter 2016, a quarterly publication chronicling local history, interesting people and community happenings here in Madison South and nearby neighborhoods. This is the publication’s second year, and features unique stories about our neighbors, and what matters to them. From hikes around the Butte to…

Where The Sidewalks Ends

  No, this is not a tribute to Shel Silverstein, but to Dharma Rain Zen Center. The Buddhist sanctuary continues to settle into the neighborhood by completing the next phase of their development. Recently the half-street improvements on Siskiyou Street have been completed, widening the street considerably. Now, as promised, the entire south side of…

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