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Laurelhurst Park, Portland
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Laurelhurst Park is a city park in the neighborhood of Laurelhurst in Portland, Oregon. The 26.81acre park was acquired in 1909 from the estate of former Portland mayor William S. Ladd. The City of Portland purchased the land in 1911, and the following year park superintendent Emanuel Mische designed the park in accordance with the Olmsted Plan.In 1919, the Pacific Coast Parks Association named Laurelhurst Park the "most beautiful park" on the West Coast, and in February 2001 it was the first city park ever to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The park costs the city approximately $274,000 per year to maintain.
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  • Very old park, with gorgeous trees, play spaces, small lake. Fun to stroll in. Surrounded by lovely old neighborhood. 
  • We took a city tour and this was where we stopped for coffee and cake. Since we weren't interested in that we went for a walk around the park. It's a beautiful park with great walkways and a nice lake...  more »
  • Great for locals but not interesting enough for tourists. Just a beautiful park surrounded by beautiful homes. 
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  • We have visited this park few times in the last 2 weeks. It is so pretty there and so relax. Fun giving the ducks some food and fun riding the bikes with the 6 years old. The playground next door has some nice tall swings. If you are into Pokemon Go - you can find lots of those in this park ;-)
  • Very pretty and large park in SE that has a nice pond in the middle. Watch out for unruly dogs in the Off-leash "area" (there's no fence so they just run everywhere.) The last time I was there a dog bolted to the pond & spent the rest of my time there swimming/chasing after the ducks and making a loud racket. The owners were clueless/didn't care. The sad part is that the homeless are taking over the park & setting up camping / blocking off areas for personal living or just spreading all of their crap all over the place & making it a homeless shelter. It's pretty hard to try and enjoy "nature" or the beauty of the park when someone else has a clothesline strung between trees & a pile of garbage around their "living area" they've claimed. This city is going downhill fast. This is usually a great pokemon nest, as well.
  • One of the best parks in the city. It is about one mile in perimeter. The park is split by a road into a smaller southern side and a much larger northern side. The southern side is basically flat and mostly covered in grass. It has tennis courts, basketball courts, a soccer field, some picnic tables, a small wading pool, and a children's play area including swings designed for disabled children. The northern side of the park is very hilly and has some fantastic trails for running or walking. There are trees galore in the northern side of the park big old firs, oaks, and maples, so there is plenty of shade on hot days. It is also mostly covered in grass. Picnic tables and benches are all over the place so even on a busy day it is easy to find somewhere to sit and watch the world go by. There is a duck pond with a trail around it in the center. There is a set of horseshoe pits and an off leash dog area on the northern side as well.
  • "In 1909, the land that is now Laurelhurst Park was purchased from the estate of William S. Ladd, who developed Ladd's Addition and twice was mayor of Portland. Ladd named his 486-acre parcel Hazel Fern Farm, after the name of one of the streets in the area. Here Ladd developed one of the most prestigious stock farms in the West. A spring-fed pond on the property had always been a favorite watering hole for cattle, as well as a favorite swimming hole for both children and adults. In 1911, seeing the potential for a park as part of the Olmsted Plan, the City of Portland bought 30 of the acres, including the pond."
  • This is one of the most beautiful old parks in Portland. It features a small lake and several types of park entertainments including such as playgrounds and horseshoe pits. The park offers a summer outdoors film screening program, music festivals and even a long running Shakespeare festival! Apparently there is a big poke-gym here too. So that is a thing, too.