The nickname “the City of Roses” wasn’t given to Portland so much as it was earned. From rose-lined streets to nearly 10,000 acres of park space, it’s easy to forget that Portland is a bustling metropolis. Some of the highlights of the Portland Parks & Recreation system:
SW Park Place
Originally purchased in 1871, many of Portland’s most popular public places are within or adjacent to the park, including:
- Hoyt Arboretum
- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- The Oregon Holocaust Memorial
- The Oregon Zoo
- The Portland Children’s Museum
- Japanese Garden
- Pittock Mansion
- The International Rose Test Garden
In addition, Washington Park features softball and soccer fields, six lighted tennis courts, playground, covered picnic area, and hiking trails.
400 SW Kingston
One of the nation’s oldest rose gardens, these sprawling grounds also serve as the testing area for the American Rose Society. Featuring more than 400 varieties of roses, some very rare, the International Rose Test Garden was formed in 1917 as a safe haven for unique European roses from the destruction of World War I.
700 N Portland Blvd.
With a design typical of formal neighborhood parks of the early 1900’s, Peninsula Park features athletic facilities and a 2-acre rose garden with 8,900 plantings.
SE 39th & Stark
A beautiful 34-acre urban park with several distinct sections and a lake heavily populated with ducks and geese.
400 SW Fairview Blvd 503-228-TREE
12 miles of trail meander through the Hoyt Arboretum’s 184 acres of ridge top forest. Roughly 2 miles west of downtown Portland, the arboretum is home to over 1,100 species of trees from around the world.
Stretching for 22 blocks along the Willamette River in downtown, McCall Waterfront Park is one of Portland's most recognizable features.The park includes the Japanese American Historical Plaza Bill of Rights Memorial, which celebrates the sacrifices of Japanese Americans during World War II. Many festivals and celebrations are held in the park each year.
SE 60th & Salmon
This 145-acre park is the only city park in the nation that lies on the site of an extinct volcano.
For more parks and information, visit the Portland Parks & Recreation website.
Photos courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation.