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Designed by William Ladd, five small parcels make up this park. The centerpiece to Ladd's Addition, the blocks have been renovated recently, improving the much needed irrigation system. The best rose garden in Portland to visit by auto, the area also makes for a lovely place to take a stroll. Worth a visit, the gardens and their surroundings transport visitors into Portland's past winter, spring, summer and fall. There are no fees to use the park.
Fashioned after Washington DC, this neighborhood was the brainchild of William S. Ladd, the fifth mayor of Portland. Like spokes on a bicycle, the streets at Ladd's Addition radiate from the central park. In 1891, Ladd began developing this close-knit neighborhood. Although World War I delayed construction, most of the grand old homes were built from 1910 to 1925. Now, the neighborhood exudes an old-world charm with its beautiful architectural styles. The community and Portland Parks & Recreation maintain the neighborhood's five small parks.
Sandy Boulevard slices diagonally through Portland's east side. This section of Sandy, a popular shopping district and trendy neighborhood, forms the core of Northeast Portland. You will not find any stars on the sidewalks or any concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, but the neighborhood is full of stores and restaurants: A-Boy Electric, Just 4 Kids, Poor Richard's and the Hollywood Burger Bar, to name a few. This is another Portland area on the rise, and it shows. Credit card acceptance varies by establishment.
Located on the border of Hollywood, this park is named for Ulysses S. Grant, who was once stationed at Fort Vancouver during the 1850s. The President graced this fair city three times while in office. The park is also adjacent to a high school that is the setting for Beverly Cleary's stories. With facilities for soccer, baseball, tennis, jogging and swimming, this park provides excellent outdoor entertainment for the whole family.
This historic part of Portland was formerly its own city. When East Portland, Albina (to the north) and Portland became one in 1891, they formed the third largest city in the West, behind only San Francisco and Denver. On the east side, tall old buildings tower above now-abandoned street-car tracks. The area's founder, James Stephens, ran the first ferry service across the Willamette River. Back then, before Portland earned its nickname "City of Bridges", people didn't really appreciate the idea of a city being divided by a river.
Beverly Cleary Sculptures At Grant Park garden at Grant Park's north end celebrates author Beverly Cleary's colorful characters. The writer/illustrator grew up in this neighborhood, and Grant Park is where her stories take place. Statues of Henry Higgins with his mutt, Ribsy, and Ramona in her raingear stand around a central fountain. Lee Hunt, a local artist, designed the garden's child-friendly bronze sculptures. Take a book and have a truly interactive read with the kids in one of the city's beautiful parks.
The Spokane, Portland and Seatle 700 is a steam locomotive and is known as the only existing examples of the E-1 class. Located at the Oaks Amusement Park which on display to the public, the locomotive was introduced to the public in a new way than just being locked up for show. Currently the steam engine offers tickets to take a trip on this rail and view the sites of the park. One can enjoy the great views of the park and also enjoy the heritage ride in the locomotive.
Bring the kids and spend the day at this wonderful Portland park. Stately Douglas firs and cedars enclose the rolling green hills in this 10-acre green space. While nature has provided the perfect place to relax and enjoy a quiet day in the park, the city has added amenities to ensure a fun time. You will find fields for soccer and softball, volleyball and tennis courts, a wading pool, playground and restrooms. There are no fees to use the park.