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Washington Park, Portland

Categories: Gardens, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • Very nice park. Beautiful views of the city. Construction blockades and bathrooms closed "for season" (October? high 60sF and sunny?) was a major negative that cause out group to become lost and preoc...  read more »
  • In Washington Park you can go to the Zoo, Arboretum, Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, Vietnam Memorial,Pittock Mansion. Get up there if you're in Portland. There is better transportation on the weekend...  read more »
  • I love that you can take the red or blue Max line to the Washington Park stop, get in the elevator, and there you are. You arrive right at the World Forestry Center, the Zoo, and the Children's Museum...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • one of the best parks in portland. There are great playground (s), the rose garden is beautiful, there are so many trails, lots of outdoor tennis courts, memorials.....
  • There is a lot to this park. Perhaps what it's known for the most is the Rose Garden and amphitheater. If you go in the spring/summer you will see the most of the roses in bloom and it will be great weather. It's a fun place to take pictures and catch a view of Portland. There is also a huge play ground not to far away. Fun place to take kids.
  • Washington park is so big! It's amazing that you can feel like you're in the middle of nowhere with moss covered trees surrounding you, but be only 10 minutes from downtown Portland! This is one of my favorite hiking spots.
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