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Washington Park, Portland

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Washington Park is a public urban park in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. It includes a zoo, forestry museum, arboretum, children's museum, rose garden, Japanese garden, amphitheatre, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of wild forest with miles of trails. Washington Park covers more than 410 acres (166 hectares) on mostly steep, wooded hillsides which range in elevation from 200 feet (61 m) at 24th & W Burnside to 870 feet (265 m) at SW Fairview Blvd. It comprises 159.7 acres (64.63 hectares) of city park land that has been officially designated as "Washington Park" by the City of Portland, as well as the adjacent 64acre Oregon Zoo and the 187acre Hoyt Arboretum, which together make up the area described as "Washington Park" on signs and maps.HistoryThe City of Portland purchased the original 40.78 acres (16.5 hectares) in 1871 from Amos King for $32,624, a controversially high price for the time. The area, designated "City Park", was wilderness with few roads. Thick brush, trees and roaming cougar discouraged access. In the mid-1880s, Charles M. Meyers was hired as park keeper. A former seaman without landscape training, he transformed the park by drawing on memories of his native Germany and European parks. By 1900, there were roads, trails, landscaped areas with lawns, manicured hedges, flower gardens, and a zoo. Cable cars were added in 1890 and operated until the 1930s. The City of Portland constructed two reservoirs in the park in 1893 and 1894.
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  • The sheer bright greeness, the rose garden, the views. A calming place to just sit and soak it in on a nice day.  more »
  • There is lots to see and do in this park. I went to the rose garden although this time of year it was not in bloom. But the rose "trees" were in bloom and were so beautiful. Different trees were in bl...  more »
  • Washington Park is shaping up to host thousands of Spring and Summer visitors, family and friends enjoying free concerts in the park or a Picnic surrounded by lush greens and roses that are famous all...  more »
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  • One of the best parks in the world combining natural beauty and accessibility including mass transit right to the zoo. Gorgeous trees and trails among the southwest portland hills with a world class Rose Garden and my favorite, Hoyt Arboretum which is a mature living museum of trees. A true gem worth visiting the United States for and only an hour on the train from the airport.
  • What can I say that already hasn't been said? Miles and miles of trails, destinations, and surprises. Spend a day here and you won't see a quarter of it. If you love nature that's easy to access, there's no better park.
  • This is a very cool park. It's really big. The flower garden is really pretty if you can see them in full bloom. The Japanese Garden isn't too far way from here. I personally like the Japanese Garden more than the one Seattle. Also there is a train you can get on that takes you to the Portland zoo nearby. During Christmas it's lit up with lights and is a cool ride to take at night. Additionally, you can spend days hiking the trails further back in the park. There is a lot of stuff to do in this park.
  • Longs walks in beautiful Nature.one of the best Free things in Portland. Good train connection
  • One of the greatest places in Portland. You can't believe you're even in the city. Beautiful gardens and hiking trails. One of my favorite places.