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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  • I went out for walk/run early in the morning (0530 to 0700) and the park starts to come alive with runners and bikers. While it is my first time to Portland in a long time, there are many homeless all...  more »
  • We were here on a Saturday and it was very, very busy. It was nice to watch the boats on the waterfront; we even saw the drawbridge open to allow a boat to pass. Nice place to see when in Portland.  more »
  • Located on the Willamette River, it is a simple City Park; green lawns in front of the River, a few trees to shelter the shadows, only paid parking around, nothing fancy than the fact that it is named after Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon journalist and thirtieth.
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  • Although the Tom McCall Waterfront Park had an absolutely gorgeous view of the two bridges and the water, the atmosphere was less than ideal. The grass was super dry and gross. I saw lots of glass and animal poop, which made me weary the walk or sit in the grass. It was worth visiting for the view, but it isn't a place I would want to hang out.
  • Absolutely breathtaking. I love to come here because it is so beautiful and lovely. I have always enjoyed taking a walk along the water, seeing the skyline glimmering (when it's sunny!) to the right. Nice to see bigger cities with great, accessible parks in the midst.
  • Some parts of the walk around the water front could do with some guardrail like over near OMSI, but other than that I do like the water front. We really as a city need to do something about this growing population of homeless. I get it, we are all a contributer to our society as a whole and this have some responsibility for the result of which it ends but I will say this comming from someone who grew up homeless. There has to be solutions for this problem. It cant all be from donations or free services either. I would love to seethe water front not afflicted with the problem of homelessness. Apparently it doesn't enrage people enough to literally start fixing this issue. Lets all work together to change it.
  • Wonderful spacious park in downtown Portland, and they have two huge water fountains which my dog will play in for hours and hours. You can also rent bikrs to go exploring the waterfront on.
  • That's pretty cool you can feed the Ducks and sit on your butt and hand feed them always cool things to see
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