About Overlook

Where is Overlook?

The Overlook Neighborhood is located in close-in North Portland (ZIP codes 97227 & 97217). Our boundaries are N Ainsworth Street to the north, Interstate-5 to the east, N Russell Street to the south and the Willamette River to the west. The MAX Yellow Line runs up N Interstate Avenue, through the heart of Overlook.

Business Associations:

Overlook Village Business Association
Along Killingsworth St from I-5 to N Greeley St

Swan Island Business Association

Interstate Corridor Business Alliance

Beach Elementary
Ockley Green School
Jefferson High School
Trillium Charter School

Public Safety:
Police Non-Emergency number: 503.823.3333
Online Crime Reporting Report Every Crime, Every Time!

Report graffiti: call: 503.823.4824 or e-mail: graffiti@overlookneighborhood.org

Join the Overlook Livability Team for monthly neighborhood cleanups and socializing! Email the OLT at graffiti@overlookneighborhood.org

Join the Overlook Foot Patrol to meet your neighbors and keep your streets safe. Teams go out on a varied schedule and observe and report with the objective of taking our streets back for neighbors. Commitment is just one short walk once per month. Email info@OverlookNeighborhood.org if you’d like to participate.

Crime maps

Popular Services and Local Info:

Historic Overlook House
Overlook’s own community center with public events and space to rent for private use.

The North Portland-grown music and arts education and production venue offers programs for children and adults in music, dance, theatre and more. The IFCC/Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center has a special focus on cultural events to celebrate diversity, encourage dialogue and empower emerging artists.

North Portland Tool Library
A no-cost tool borrowing system just for North Portland residents. Why buy when you can borrow?

Neighborhood Notes
A round up of news and public notices from Overlook and other Portland neighborhoods.

N/NE PDX TNT…Trip Not Taken
North/Inner Northeast Portland has the region’s highest concentration of diverse, well-paying jobs. TNT is a portal to information on jobs, transportation and housing resources in Overlook and other nearby neighborhoods.

Multnomah County, North Portland Branch
Your public library location and information about Portland’s library system.

North Portland Neighborhood Services
Serving residents in the 11 neighborhood associations in the North Portland district to move community ideas forward and solve the small and large issues that often don’t receive the attention they should.
ONI’s Neighborhood Information page for Overlook

Sustainable Overlook -Overlook Neighborhood Sustainability Team
Supports neighbors by providing information to help them implement projects for themselves and our community that improve livability through sustainable practices. Film series, projects & helping each other all listed at the site; drop by!

Friends of Trees
Hosts of the popular annual neighborhood tree plantings. Overlook neighbors have planted nearly 1000 trees over the past 11 years!

Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area
At 3,744 acres, the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA) is Portland’s largest urban renewal area. It includes a diverse collection of historic communities in north and northeast Portland, comprised of older residential neighborhoods, interconnected by commercial corridors, with large scale industrial centers.

Your elected regional government: nature activities, entertainment venues, parks, trails, recycling, garbage and hazardous waste disposal, sustainable living, planning and conservation.

Find your curbside collection schedule for trash, recycling and yard debris/composting. Also, rate program and seasonal information: Curbside Collection E-Schedule


Swan Island Transportation Management Association (TMA)
Promoting alternative transportation to Swan Island and its inner-city beaches and trails.

Your regional public transportation organization. Schedules and route information for MAX trains and buses. The MAX Yellow Line runs through Overlook up N Interstate Avenue.-Nest


Overlook Park
Patton Park
Madrona Park
Mocks Crest Property
Beach Community Garden

Overlook History:

Cafe Unknown Dan Haneckow’s interesting blog post on Overlook’s origins.

Archives of historical Portland documents

Wikipedia: Overlook, Portland, Oregon

All about E. Henry Wemme, who developed the Overlook neighborhood

Swan Island Airport 1929