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  • The Washington Park entrance off of SW Park Place.- Washington Park
  • The playground near SW Park Place on Washington Park's eastern edge.- Washington Park
  • The playground near SW Park Place on Washington Park's eastern edge.- Washington Park
  • A portion of Washington Park's Holocaust Memorial.- Washington Park
  • Washington Park near SW Wright Ave.- Washington Park
  • The stairway leading into the International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • Washington Park's International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • The view toward downtown Portland and Mount Hood (11,249').- Washington Park
  • A rose in the International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • Tennis courts near the International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • A picnic area near the International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • The gift shop at Washington Park's International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • Washington Park's International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • A picnic area above the International Rose Test Garden.- Washington Park
  • Bicyclists along SW Kingston Drive.- Washington Park
  • The historic locomotive and railcars at the World Forestry Center.- Washington Park
  • The historic locomotive and railcars at the World Forestry Center.- Washington Park
  • A picnic area and shelter at Hoyt Arboretum.- Washington Park
  • Unidentified species at Hoyt Arboretum (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Washington Park
  • Trails within Hoyt Arboretum.- Washington Park
  • An archery area off of SW Kingston Drive.- Washington Park
  • The playground off of SW Sherwood Boulevard.- Washington Park
  • Moon Bridge over the upper pond in Washington Park's Japanese Garden.- Washington Park
  • Washington Park's hill top near Hoyt Arboretum.- Washington Park
  • Sunset view looking north at Mount St. Helens (8,365') and Mount Rainier (14,411') from Washington Park's summit near Hoyt Arboretum.- Washington Park
  • African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Chameleon at the Portland Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Reticulated giraffe (Camelopardalis reticulata) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • African lions (Panthera leo) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Primate enclosure and viewing area at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Egyption fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Pacific Northwest exhibit area at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
  • Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at the Oregon Zoo.- Washington Park
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Direct access from downtown Portland. Amenities for all interests. ADA accessibility.
Cons: 
Crowds on weekends. Pay to park.
Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
General Day Use Fee ($0.00)
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Area: 
410.00 acres (165.92 hectares)
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Originally called "City Park" and consisting of just less than 40 acres, Washington Park began as a rather primitive natural area in 1871. The park's evolution into a more manicured, European-style park began with its first keeper, Charles M. Meyers, and was refined again in 1903 after numerous recommendations by the nationally recognized Olmsted Brothers.*

Today, Washington Park covers more than 400 acres and is packed with options for all ages and interests. A few of the sights to explore include: the Oregon Zoo, Washington Park and Zoo Railway, the Japanese Gardens, the International Rose Test Garden, the Rose Garden Children’s Park, the Portland Children’s Museum, the World Forestry Center, the Vietnam Veteran's Living Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial, Hoyt Arboretum, and the archery field. In addition to these destinations, you will find picnic shelters and tables, tennis courts, a soccer field, an amphitheater, and a number of statues and fountains throughout the park. Much of the park is ADA accessible.

More than 15 miles of trails form a network that connects the many options within the park. Some of these trails are part of the “40-Mile Loop” (which is now actually 140 miles long and connects more than 30 city parks). Trails leading to the north from Washington Park will connect to Forest Park and Pittock Mansion, while trails to the south lead to Council Crest.

You can access Washington Park by TriMet bus or MAX light rail. See TriMet’s bus schedule for available options; to arrive via light rail, use the Washington Park MAX station.

* The Olmsted Brothers actually had a hand in creating numerous parks in Portland, including neighboring Forest Park, Peninsula Park (Portland's original rose garden, made public in 1909), and Mount Tabor.

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