If you’re new to Portland and looking for a park to relax in when you’re not working, you’re in luck. Oregon’s largest city is home to more than 70 different parks and you’ll have lots to explore. We’ve compiled a list of the five best parks in Portland (in no particular order) —and we think there’s something on the list for everyone.
At SW Third and Harrison in downtown Portland, this might be the smallest park on the list – Lovejoy Fountain Park is just .75 acres. This park was completed in 1966, and features a copper-clad pavilion in addition to a fountain that draws many visitors, especially during the city’s warmer months.
In the Laurelhurst neighborhood, there’s a 26.81 acre park that was called the “most beautiful park on the west coast” by the Pacific Coast Parks Association in 1911. Visitors who wish to be active can choose from horseshoes, basketball, volleyball or soccer. There’s also a picnic site and an off-leash area to let your dog run.
3. Forest Park
Wildlife lovers will enjoy exploring Forest Park’s equestrian, hiking and biking trails, while looking out for the more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species that exist in the 5,000 square feet of the park. This particular park was dedicated in 1948 by members of the Portland City Club.
At the foot of Mt. Tabor sits Mt. Tabor Park. This family-friendly park includes a basketball court, playgrounds, public art, an outdoor stage, tennis and volleyball courts as well as play areas, restrooms and picnic areas with access for the disabled. But that’s not all. Your dog will love the off-leash area, and if you’re a hiker, you’ll love the trails around the park.
No list of the best Portland parks would be complete without Portland’s Waterfront Park somewhere. This park was originally opened to the public in 1978. It includes The Battleship Oregon Memorial, the Japanese American Plaza and the Police Memorial, in addition to a boat dock, fountain and biking trails.