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Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens
Parks and Gardens

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Portland's green reputation springs from more than forests and environment. Early in its development, city leaders envisioned greenways and parks within city limits. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland's foremost example of a city park, flanks the Willamette River. From the International Rose Test Garden, where Portland was christened the City of Roses, to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Classical Chinese Garden, unearth the treasures in the parks and gardens throughout Portland.

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Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park
  • Cathedral Park gets its name not from its proximity to a neighborhood church, but from the statuesque Gothic towers and cathedral-like arches of the St. Johns Bridge which it surrounds.
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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
  • In the City of Roses, yet another floral species has found budding success at Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. This distinctive, seven-acre garden is home to an extraordinary collection of rare species and hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas.
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Forest Park
  • Forest Park
  • Built piece-by-piece from private donations and government action that spanned the late 1800s and early 1900s, Forest Park is one of the largest urban forest reserves in the United States. This...
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Hoyt Arboretum
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Portland has been described as having the most ideal climate for an arboretum west of the Mississippi. Just two miles west of downtown Portland, Hoyt Arboretum is 187 acres of garden oasis in an urban setting with more than 1000 species of native Oregon flora.
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International Rose Test Garden
Ira Keller Fountain Park
  • Ira Keller Fountain Park
  • The Ira Keller Fountain Park is the ideal blend of work and play, offering a place for a family picnic during lunch hour or a short breather from a hectic work day.
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Japanese Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • With Portland's usual mist and fog heavy in the air, visitors are likely to feel as though they've taken a trip to the Eastern Orient and not the West Coast.
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Klager Lilac Gardens
  • Klager Lilac Gardens
  • Like purple? How about lavender, pink or white? Lilacs blooming in all of these colors, and more, highlight the annual Lilac Days festival in Woodland, Washington. Lilac Days, borne from Hulda Klager's love and work with lilacs, take place mid-April through Mother's Day each year.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • In 1988, Portland and Szouhou, China became sister cities and for the last ten years, the Rose City has been offering a bouquet other than its famous namesake. Sans the exhausting flight and complications of customs, Portland's Lan Su Chinese Gardens bring oriental majesty to the Northwest.
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Macleay Park
  • Macleay Park
  • As a donation born from an act of tax avoidance and an argument between Portland's affluent, Macleay Park's history is in sordid contrast to the beauty of the land itself.
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Mount Tabor Park
  • Mount Tabor Park
  • A marvel of 19th Century engineering, pure rain water from the Bull Run River flows through a maze of conduits and trestles for 35 miles until dumping into Portland's three main reservoirs.
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Oregon Zoo
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Say the name "Packy" and chances are any Oregonian can tell you who that moniker belongs to. This beloved pachyderm is a 48-year-old Asian elephant, a top star at the Oregon Zoo. Born in 1962, Packy was the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years.
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The Grotto
  • The Grotto
  • Founded by Fr. Ambrose Mayer, OSM, in 1924, "The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother" or "The Grotto," as it is commonly referred to by locals, is one of the most beautiful Marian sanctuaries in the world.
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Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Washington Park
  • Washington Park
  • Portland's Washington Park is no ordinary day trip. A short drive from downtown (or an adventurous trek for those wanting to get into the Northwest spirit), it's difficult to decide...
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World's Smallest Park
  • World's Smallest Park
  • The saying that good things come in small packages certainly applies to the world's smallest park in Portland. The Mill Ends Park barely qualifies as a park, but somehow…it is one. The park was created on St.
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