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Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland

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Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a 36.59acre park located in downtown Portland, Oregon, along the Willamette River. After the 1974 removal of Harbor Drive (a good example of freeway removal), the park was opened to the public in 1978. The park covers 13 tax lots is owned by the City of Portland (Portland Parks and Recreation). The park was renamed in 1984 to honor Tom McCall, the Oregon governor who pledged his support for the beautification of the west bank of the Willamette River—harkening back to the City Beautiful plans at the turn of the century that envisioned parks and greenways along the river. The park is bordered by RiverPlace to the south, the Steel Bridge to the north, Naito Parkway to the west, and Willamette River to the east. In October 2012, Waterfront Park was voted one of America's ten greatest public spaces by the American Planning Association.The most common uses for the park are jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying and boat watching. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours (11:00 am to 1:00 pm) are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm) because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon festival. The park is also the host of many Rose Festival events.
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  • Such a beautiful time to go downtown and walk around. Pick a nice day and see the water and beautiful trees and flowers blooming. Sometimes there's homeless camps but usually they leave you alone if y...  more »
  • We walked along the waterfront both days. It was beautiful with flowers blooming, and the weather was good. We did bring umbrellas but they weren't needed, We enjoyed seeing the various bridges, and t...  more »
  • I love to walk the waterfront when visiting Portland. It's especially fun when the ships are in or a festival is happening. Always lots of activity. Good for walking, biking, Segway, etc.  more »
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  • What a great place to have accessible within our downtown central business district. All throughout the year this park is host to events such as runs, concerts, carnivals, and festivals. There is quite a bit of space for your needs,whether it be stretching out on the lawn, riding you bike along the water's edge, or playing a lawn game with some friends. The restrooms can get pretty gross, this may be in part to the significant homeless population that tends to hang out throughout the park, other than that I can't think of anything negative to say about it.
  • Visiting for the cherry blossoms during the spring bloom is a Portland tradition. There's also a weekly farmers/artisan market on Saturdays. A fountain for the kids to cool off in summer.
  • I love this part of Portland and visit as often as I can. It's great for walking, running, or riding a bike. Beautiful views of the river and the city!
  • Great stretch to walk during lunch or on the way to work. Not a good spot to bike during lunch or after work as it's crowded. Nice view of the bridges and Mt Hood when it's clear.
  • Really pretty waterfront area. I'm really glad we made the time to check it out. There's also a museum on a boat that is open 3 days of the week over there .