Portland Area Parks You Should Know

by Ben Bowen

Great Portland Parks

Portland is a city of trees. A city of green. A city of parks. I am going to assume you are familiar with Forest Park, Washington Park, Tanner Springs Park, etc. Those are all great parks. But we also have many parks that are less knows, but not necessarily less beautiful.

Here are some great lesser-know parks in the Portland area:

Peninsula Park

portlands peninsula park

Peninsula Park, opened in 1909, has the city's oldest public rose garden, first community center and oldest playground! The rose garden, with a nearly 100 year old fountain at its center, is definitely the  focal point.

This park is so photogenic that a steady stream of couple come for their wedding pictures (and weddings!) all summer. Why haven't you been here? It is located at 700 N Rose Parks Way. Map.

Rood Bridge Park

A huge 59 acre park with paths, playgrounds, a stream and pond, basketball courts, tennis courts, tons of covered space, a rhododendron garden, and even a boat dock. This is definitely a park the whole family will enjoy.

The Lloyd Baron Rhododendron Garden is housed here, and contains dozens of unusual varieties. Check them out on Flickr. The park is located in Hillsboro at 4000 Rood Bridge Rd. Map.

Tryon Creek State Park

Larger than the other two parks put together, yet I am amazed to hear how many of my friends don't even know it exists! More than just a park, Tryon Creek is an educational nature center with displays, trails, and natural beauty everywhere.

Tryon Creek can get busy on the weekends, so I enjoy visiting mid-week mornings. Just a quick walk puts you a world away from city life. Find Tryon Creek at 11321 SW Terwilliger (yes, you have driven right past it). Map.

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Do you have a favorite neighborhood park? Leave a comment below!