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Relief columns grace the formal entrance of this solemn site located at the south end of the Japanese Memorial at Waterfront Park. Haiku-engraved broken stones and 100 cherry trees line the walk. The plaza recalls the 110,000 Japanese-Americans who were put in internment camps during World War II, and the broken stones represent the broken dreams of these people. Although the stroll or bike ride is a sobering journey, the year-round beauty of the memorial is a testament that we may still learn from our mistakes.
Biking is a great way to get to know a new city. Pedal Bike Tours, the Portland-based tour service offers several, diverse bike tours throughout Portland and Hawaii. In Portland itself, they have daily bike tours that shed light on various facets of the Rose City. One one hand there are historic downtown tours that delve into historic facts of Portland, while on the other, they also have food-centered tours that cover the culinary delights that the city has to offer. For a fun, unique way to see Portland try one of the Pedal Bike Tours.
Originally intended as an extension of the South Park Blocks, the North Park Blocks were the result of a donation of five blocks the city of Portland received from John H. Couch in the year 1869. In 1904, one block was reserved for women and children, and, two years later, a new block with a playground was added. After 1924, the park fell into disrepair, but Huo Baozhu's donation of bronze elephants in 2002 breathed new life into the facility.
Jamison Square Park is named after William Jamison, who played an important role in the development of the River District. It is one of the three parks lying between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, all designed by Peter Walker & Partners. Come summer, the park teems with action. The 40,000 square feet (3716 square meter) park becomes the center for loads of fun activities. You can spot lots of teenagers, tiny tots with their parents, even grandparents are regulars. Relax with a book on one of the many benches or stretch on the cool grass. A horizontal cascading fountain grabs a lot of attention. Live entertainment events are also frequently conducted at the venue. Escape from the bustling city atmosphere and unwind as you let your kids squeal with joy on a lazy summer morning.
Officially named Tom McCall Waterfront Park, but known to Oregonians as just Waterfront Park, this is often the center of activity in Portland. Festivals, parades, performers and more make it truly a taste of Rip City. Walk along the Willamette River at lunch and you're sure to brush shoulders with the city's workers. There is always something interesting to see here at Portland's answer to Venice Beach in California. There are basketball courts and lots of open, green spaces along the west bank of the Willamette River. The need for additional parks and green spaces in the city led to construction of the park.
Constructed over the wetlands that were present before the industrialization of the Pearl district, Tanner Springs Park is a quiet getaway from the busy industrial region. This park was built in 1998 and was designed by ace landscape architect Atelier Dreiseitl. The ponds and streams in the park were designed by Herbert Dreiseitl who painstakingly perfected the sound of water to give the visitors a feeling of tranquil when here. Another notable feature of this park is its eastern wall which features distinctive designs made with ancient railway tracks and glass paintings and give this park its uniqueness. The park being a quiet place, you can enjoy some me-time here or practice yoga with other fitness enthusiasts who frequent this place.
Director Park occupies the heart of Downtown Portland and characterizes a unique, urbane space. Although essentially categorized as a park, the area does not comprise of any obvious natural vegetation. What it does comprise of, is a fountain, an inspired glass canopy that spans an area of 1,000 square feet (93 square meters), a cafe and some artwork. There is also a large parking space underneath the park, that connects to the Fox Tower and the Park Avenue West Tower. As an initiative to further the cultural spirit of the city, the park organizes year-round programs with a focus on arts and culture.
Oregonian columnist Dick Fagan often wrote that this charming little park was "where the leprechauns west of Ireland gather." He planted the tiny garden below his office window in 1946, and stories vary as to why. Some say a light pole used to sit in the hole. Others claim it was an ordinary pothole. Either way, Mill Ends Park, which measures four by three by six feet (1.21 x 1.8 meters), holds the title of the World's Smallest Park, and it holds a small place in Portland's history as well.