“for whether you're seeking excitement or tranquility”
Washington Park is a public urban park in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. It includes a zoo, forestry museum, arboretum, children's museum, rose garden, Japanese garden, amphitheatre, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of wild forest with miles of trails. Washington Park covers more than 410 acres (166 hectares) on mostly steep, wooded hillsides which range in elevation from 200 feet (61 m) at 24th & W Burnside to 870 feet (265 m) at SW Fairview Blvd. It comprises 159.7 acres (64.63 hectares) of city park land that has been officially designated as "Washington Park" by the City of Portland, as well as the adjacent 64acre Oregon Zoo and the 187acre Hoyt Arboretum, which together make up the area described as "Washington Park" on signs and maps.HistoryThe City of Portland purchased the original 40.78 acres (16.5 hectares) in 1871 from Amos King for $32,624, a controversially high price for the time. The area, designated "City Park", was wilderness with few roads. Thick brush, trees and roaming cougar discouraged access. In the mid-1880s, Charles M. Meyers was hired as park keeper. A former seaman without landscape training, he transformed the park by drawing on memories of his native Germany and European parks. By 1900, there were roads, trails, landscaped areas with lawns, manicured hedges, flower gardens, and a zoo. Cable cars were added in 1890 and operated until the 1930s. The City of Portland constructed two reservoirs in the park in 1893 and 1894.
Washington Park is one of the oldest, best-loved, and well-used parks in Portland. Within Washington Park, you'll find the Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Garden, which are adjacent to one another on the more developed east side of the park. On the west side of the park (farther from the city center), you'll find not only the Hoyt Arboretum but also the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, and the Children's Museum 2nd Generation. Includes disabled access: park play area, disabled access: park restroom, fountain, gift shop, historical site, paths – paved, paths – unpaved, picnic site – reservable, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, stage – outdoor, statue or public art, tennis court – outdoor, trails – hiking, visitor attraction, vista point and wedding site – reservable.
This beautiful park is very family friendly. You have to pay for parking but it is pretty cheap. This park has it all making it possible to spend all day here. The Rose Garden is a must along with the Zoo if you have children!
This park is just simply amazing. You will enjoy the sight of their wonderful and lush gardens with just a cheap price. Also the place is peaceful and perfect to visit if you want to relax. Also, there is a free bus that takes people around the place.
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