Discovering Portland Parks

Discovering Portland Parks

A Local’s Guide

Owen Wozniak


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Portland has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to parks, with more than 500 found in the greater urban area. Here Owen Wozniak takes on the challenging task of selecting just over 100 of the most appealing parks across the city; those that offer excellent facilities, “hidden” neighborhood gems, intriguing history, unique features, exceptional beauty, and more! Residents and visitors alike can use this guide to explore different corners of the region, from close-in neighborhoods, to Hillsboro in the west, Wilsonville in the south, Gresham and Troutdale in the east, and even across the Columbia to Vancouver, Washington, and Clark County. Park listings include:

  • Quick-reference icons: accessible, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, views, historic significance, public art, gardens, unpaved trails, paved trails, beach/waterfront, spray park/wading pool
  • Major amenities: restrooms, shelters, playgrounds
  • Public transportation, driving, parking, and biking directions
  • Park history and size
  • Easy add-on walks, bike rides, and nearby parks or attractions
The easy-to-use and friendly approach, with colorful format, photos, and maps of larger parks, will keep families, walkers, dog-lovers, and kids of all ages busy with year-round exploration and fun.


Owen Wozniak:
Longtime Portland resident Owen Wozniak is a program manager at the Land Trust Alliance, where he supports nonprofit land trusts protecting climate-resilient natural places across the Pacific Northwest. Owen also serves on the board of directors of the Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of more than 150 public, private, and nonprofit organizations working to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland–Vancouver metropolitan region. Wozniak is the author of several hiking and biking guidebooks, including Biking Portland, and loves to ski, bike, and explore the Portland region’s parks and open spaces with his nine-year-old son.