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Located near Oaks Park, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and downtown Sellwood, Sellwood Park was built on the old City View Race Track and acquired by the city in 1909. History looms here along the misty river bank, but this family park also has all the facilities of the modern age: nine picnic areas, a kitchen, basketball and tennis courts, football and baseball fields, a playground, horseshoe pit, pool and clean restrooms. This is a memorable way to spend the day. No fees to use the park.
The peacefully flowing Willamette River neighbors the Sellwood Riverfront Park which is an ideal location for a fun day-out with your family and friends. Vast expanses of carefully manicured grass and winding paths covered with a canopy of trees, the setting of this park is romantic enough for a small picnic too. If you have pets, get them here and watch them frolic around in water, while you catch up of that good book you always wanted to read in solitude. Boating is also allowed on the river and the water is safe for a dip too.
This waterfront recreation area is one of Portland's most popular parks. Located just a few miles south of downtown, the Willamette Park features tennis courts, a soccer field, playground and plenty of hiking/biking trails. The boat ramp launches most of Portland's Willamette River traffic. The park and its parking lot get pretty full in the summertime, so this really isn't a place to look for peace and quiet. However, in the off-season, the recreation area is a prime spot to get close to the Willamette.
A throwback to the lazy days of the roaring 20s, this shady retreat comes complete with a casting pond. Great for joggers, Westmoreland Park also lets you indulge in many other sports—tennis, volleyball, soccer, softball and basketball among them. Ideal for families looking to play a sport on weekend picnics and couples for a few private moments, this clean and quiet place is a favorite among locals. Visitors are not charged any fees unless they reserve one of the three group picnic areas for an organized event.
With all Portland's grand parks to choose from, why would you come to this little green space? First, you have a better chance at getting the place to yourself, and second, kids love the playground. Fulton Park is a good place for a Saturday football or soccer game, or you could take advantage of all that space to swing the clubs, fly a kite or throw a Frisbee. The park also has picnic tables. Conveniently located off busy Barbur Boulevard, Fulton Park is a great place for lunch.
Rows and rows of rhododendrons, azaleas and other native plants are set amongst a lake, springs, and waterfalls at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. The "rhodies," as Portlanders call them, are beautiful trees of all sizes and color flowers. May and June are months when most of them bloom and the color is truly spectacular. Admission prices vary depending on season, but they never squeeze your sightseeing budget. This is a perfect setting to bring someone special and enjoy a romantic evening together.
This 35-acre nature park was named for an early Oregon historian and anchors the southern end of the Terwiliger Parkway. Acquired in 1903, established paths are laced throughout the wooded ravines. The natural area contains no more than trails, making it one of the most primitive of the city's developed recreation areas. Strikingly beautiful all year, the forest is most colorful in the fall when deep evergreens contrast with the turning leaves of autumn. There are no fees to use the park.
This boulevard is named for James Terwilliger, one of downtown's first inhabitants. He acquired this land through a series of trades and it eventually became the first tract of the parkway. The 2.5-mile stretch of Terwilliger Boulevard offers some of the best views in Portland. A woody forest provides an excellent frame for Mount Hood looming in the distance. One of four parkways proposed in 1903, Terwilliger is the only boulevard that has been completed.