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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  • Great views and the perfect place to get a nice run in. Clean for the most part and well taken care of.  more »
  • Not really that much of a park, and certainly on a cold winter weekday there wasn't much on offer. It's an excellent place for a run, jog or bike ride and there are some interesting plantings along th...  more »
  • We walked by late and it was a pretty boring park, full of homeless people. I mean it felt safe, but it's just not the best city park, especially in Portland that has some excellent parks to compare a...  more »
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  • I just love walking the riverfront on the Willamette river walkway. Very casual atmosphere with park setting and amazing views of the east side of Portland. The grass area usually contains many homeless people with dogs. The place is active during the summer months with the festivals and fairs when the weather is good. You can walk, skate, bike, but don't smoke cigs or buds as that's prohibited in that area. Beautiful during the spring when the roses are in bloom
  • Can be lots of awesome fun for all ages at different points and times. Home to one of the best outside "MARKETS" THE SATURDAY MARKET.. OPEN FROM MARCH 1ST THRU CHRISTMAS EVE EVERY YEAR.. CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE THRU MARCH 1ST... Beer fest, rose festival, grand floral parade... Fun new water fountains... Be careful for the homeless population under the bridges.... (All of them) if your taking young ones. Lots of open drug use, and violence.... 🤔 Homelessness is everywhere, most people are decent kind caring individuals whom are parents themselves but there are those that are on a whole other level and intentions are not always pure. Just be aware and cautious of some. Most are amazing in their own way tho. 😎 All in all... It's lots of great fun.
  • This is a fun place to visit when you are in downtown Portland. This park is also connected by multiple Bridge's to the opposite side of the Willamette River. You can bike or walk and do loops on both sides of the Willamette River. The downtown side which is on the westside of the Willamette is just beautiful. There is a park here where they hold festivals throughout the year and Saturday market is also held. Unfortunately Portland doesn't do a very good job of controlling the homeless population and they basically run the park. It kind of defeats the purpose of enjoying the park when they are sprawled out throughout it as if they own it. This is a problem Portland has that has not improved but it's only gotten worse.
  • Fantastic place with both river and city view of Portland. Some homeless people wonder around here though. Access to Saturday Market as well. Easy to bike or walk on.
  • Good views, close to town, flat concrete to ride bikes along or to jog. Within walking distance to cafes and restaurants in downtown. I've found that parking is easier on the eastside of the river.

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