Grant Park
December 11, 2007  |  Parks Playgrounds Pools
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What’s to Love: Grant Park is a fine neighborhood park that doesn’t get overrun with too many kids. Overall, it has some nice features; however, I don’t think it’s in the same league as Sellwood Park or Laurelhurst Park. If you’re in the area though, it’s worth a stop – it does have an outdoor swimming pool, which is open to the public in warmer months. The pool has a 25 yard shallow area for kids with a kiddie slide.

Because the park is right next to Grant High School, there is a nice running track that can be used by the community. My son enjoyed practicing his long-jump in the sand pits. On the east-side of the track/football field are several very nice tennis courts, which are often occupied. Grant Park also offers an off-leash dog area.

Caveats: This park is situated right off 33rd avenue in northeast Portland, which is a VERY busy street. We often park right on 33rd, which is not a smart thing to do. It has quite a bit of traffic, but there are some crosswalks.



The playground equipment here is getting old. The main play structure appears to be newer, but it’s small. The other slides, swings and teeter-totters are just okay.



Picnic seating is limited to two picnic benches near the playground. The grounds are well kept, so you could conceivably bring a blanket for an old-school picnic lunch or dinner. Don’t count on the bathrooms being available – they are seasonal and are closed more often than not.

Website: Grant Park Grant Park Pool

Distance from Portland: Within 3 to 4 miles of downtown Portland.

Recommended Ages: The main play structure is good for small children under 5. Older kids will certainly be bored with the options at Grant Park…save for the pool.

Parental Stress Factor: Pretty low stress playground! Definitely a neighborhood spot versus a destination for most people.

Physical Difficulty: Easy to get around – depends on how active you are with your kids.

Family Fun Factor: Medium – the fact there is a pool puts this in the “medium” area for fun. Plus, there is plenty of room to explore.

Pet Friendly: Yes! There is an off-leash area at Grant.

Weather Considerations: All seasons, but the restrooms are not available most of the year.

Insider Info: We often stop at this park while waiting for my wife who works in the area. When my son was just learning to walk, the wade-pool area (picture below) provided an excellent area for him to run in circles and practice his stride.



Family Tips:

Since there is plenty of room, bring a beach ball, baseball, football, frisbee…etc…anything that might be fun for the family. The playground structures are just not that great at Grant. They could definitely use an upgrade, which is surprising because it’s in a pretty nice area of Portland.

Again, try to avoid parking on 33rd, which is almost always busy with cars. People are not very likely to stop, because there is no crosswalk.


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  1. The comment about no crosswalks across NE 33rd to Grant park is incorrect. There are one or two for sure on NE 33rd.

  2. I stand corrected! Where we usually park on 33rd (north end) there isn’t a crosswalk, but if you park farther south on 33rd, there is a crosswalk. I recommend using it! Thanks!

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