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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 189acre 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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  • August 14, 2017
    We went to Washington Park to the rose gardens. They were absolutely loved it! The Japanese Gardens were lovely. We also drove to the Pittock Mansion. It a wonderful place to walk or jog.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We didn't know what to expect, but this park has several sights worth seeing - the Rose garden, the Japanese garden, the Holocaust Memeorial, the zoo, hiking trails. It has a free shuttle that takes y...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We had finished our visit in the rose garden. Our hotel van had instructed us on how to exit the park and head into shopping at the 23rd street shopping area. We "caught" the shuttle service in the ro...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    A really nice place to spend some time. Though the rose garden was under some construction it was still a beautiful area to walk around in. There is a free shuttle that goes around the park so you only have to worry about parking once. It does get busy but we found a spot down the street from one of the parking lots. We also explored the arboretum but I liked the rose garden better.
  • June 14, 2017
    Beautiful area and much to do. Be prepared to pay for parking, the kiosks are easy to use and no ticket to put in the car. You can use the Parking Kitty app on these machines. The MAX train stops here so you can avoid paying for parking by taking MAX. Plan to spend plenty of time in Washington Park or come back and explore something new each time.
  • June 20, 2017
    I don't know where to begin! I love hiking in the Arboretum. I went to an event at the new building at the Japanese garden and was in awe of the beauty of the setting and the structure. And then I walked my new roommate from California over to the Rose Test Garden and got the refreshing view when you show a secret beauty to a friend.
  • July 4, 2017
    Love Love Love the Rose Garden. Beautiful beyond belief! Yummy tigers blood, pineapple and condensed milk sno cones at the snack stand by the gift shop. First time visiting the Japanese Garden which was gorgeous with all the calm and serene garden artistry/waterfalls.
  • July 5, 2017
    Tough to get at the parking of the Japanese garden since there were road work. The garden is very nice. Adjacent, is the magnificent rose garden. Over 640 varieties arranged in beds, arches, etc. Beautiful place. The roses are all contest winners

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