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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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  • OK, the best tip in Portland! Get a $5 train pass, it is truly amazing value, clean and safe. We took it from downtown to Washington Park with trains running every 10 minutes or so. We took the free s...  more »
  • Any visit to Portland would not be complete without going here. Note that some of the other "things to do" in Portland and basically part of this park; like the Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garde...  more »
  • Hiking is great, and the variety of trees and other plants simply amazing. A terrific diversion from the city's busy-ness.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Washington Park is one of my favorite places to frequent in Portland. Parking is $6 for the entire day (free after 5pm), and you can enjoy most of the park's attracts for free--not incl. Japanese garden, zoo, or children's museum. The Rose Garden was in full bloom when I visited a week ago. If you haven't already visited Washington Park, I highly recommend you spend a day exploring; adventure is out there!
  • Wonderful trails amongst the trees! We spent a creative, cloudy Saturday walking various trails in Washington Park. Although the park was crowded with people the trail system supported the headcount nicely (and we managed to get some exercise and fresh air!). And...the park is only 10 minutes outside of downtown Portland.
  • The Washington Park has lots to offer and a large portion of it has free parking. I found a little trail just a short ways up the hill from the japanese garden that followed a cute little stream that was easy to do with my fiance and our little dog. It connected to another bigger trail, so I was able to do the trail in a loop and see new things the whole way around. There were a lot of other dog walkers in the park and we all got along great. I would bring my dog all the time if I lived close by to the park.
  • What's not to like about Washington Park? You have various places to visit all in one place and the park itself is beautiful. We love the zoo and my daughter has enjoyed the few times she has been to the Children's museum. Though the museum is a bit spendy.