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Westmoreland Park
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Westmoreland Park Stream and PlaygroundWhat’s to Love: This park has a little bit of everything you’re looking for in a family park. There is enough room for flying a kite, a game of volleyball, kickball, basketball, soccer or baseball. A flowing stream with bridges and large ponds attracts an abundance of birds, and there are some nice grassy areas under massive cedar trees for kicking back and relaxing. The casting pond was designed for sailing remote-model ships. It’s fun just watching these small sailboats drift in the wind.

Green Grass and Cedar Trees - Westmoreland ParkI like how close this park is to the downtown area of Sellwood. You can play around at the park in the morning and take a leisurely stroll up into town for a lunch. The park has plenty of wide-open spaces for throwing frisbee or teaching a toddler to hit a baseball. The grounds are very well kept at this park, and the basketball court is in excellent shape.

Swingset - Westmoreland ParkCaveats: The ducks are nice, but this park attracts hundreds of seagulls too. Put that many birds together in a park, and you get plenty of bird droppings. Watch when a group takes off – you’ll literally see it falling in the air. Although the grounds are in good shape, the equipment at this park is limited and in fair condition. Plus, there simply is not enough equipment for the crowds during busy times.

Pond for remote control sail boatsWebsite: Westmoreland Park – Portland Parks and Recreation

Distance from Portland: This park is within 3-4 miles of downtown Portland.

Recommended Ages: Park is great for the whole family. The nicest equipment caters to the toddler crowd.

Parental Stress Factor: Medium…this is a crowded park, at least at the playground-area, which can cause some stress. The stress mainly comes from some “old school” equipment such as the slide and the merry-go-round.

Physical Difficulty: Easily accessible…

Family Fun Factor: Medium…the playground gear just doesn’t stack-up to some other Portland playgrounds. However, your kids will definitely have a good time.

Pet Friendly: Dogs are fine on a leash. Although it’s technically not an off-leash area, there is plenty of open space where dogs could run around here.

Weather Considerations: Open year round!

Basketball Courts - Westmoreland ParkInsider Info: If you’re just visiting a park in the area, I’d go to Sellwood park. However, the open green spaces here are better suited for kite flying. The ball field is often used during the summertime for softball/baseball games. The basketball courts are almost always busy, and they are a bit too close to the pond!

Toddler Area - Westmoreland ParkFamily Tips: This is the perfect place for the old-pastime-game….racing sticks under the bridge. Be careful! The bridge and bank are not childproof by any means! I’ve seen a small child fall into the stream while a parent stood watching only 10 feet away. This is another perfect park for a biking trip. There are some paved and unpaved paths, and the cycling around the Sellwood neighborhood is quiet.

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