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Peninsula Park
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Rose Garden at Peninsula ParkWhat’s to Love:  A stunning park in north Portland, Peninsula Park offers the whole family something to do with both indoor and outdoor activities.  The rose garden is certainly on-par with the rose garden at Washington Park.  This is my favorite park in north Portland, and it’s definitely worth a drive or bike ride to get there.

I’ve been to this park many times with my family, and I just realized today how much I love this park!  The rose garden in this park is absolutely impeccable – offering row after row of beautifully landscaped flowers.  In the center of the rose garden is a fountain surrounded by a wading pool.  This is a great way to cool off in the summer.

Baseball diamond at Peninsula ParkThere are plenty of paved paths that wander through the park, so don’t be afraid to bring your bike with you and park near the community center.  The community center offers an indoor gymnasium with a basketball court, reservable party/meeting rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Playstructure at Peninsula ParkThe playground has some excellent swing sets with a huge swing range (almost equal to Sellwood park’s swings).  There are two playstructures – one that is better for toddlers.  The playstructure for ages 3 and up has a metal tunnel where kids can walk/crawl back and forth.  This is a nice feature, and I’ve never seen anything like it in Portland.

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Nice toddler curly slide at Peninsula ParkCaveats:  The playground equipment is a bit outdated, and some of it is a bit scary (watch the high rings!).  The bathrooms are okay, but when they are open, they are often used by homeless folks looking for a place to freshen up.  Don’t be surprised when you open the door to find someone taking a break from the afternoon heat.  Despite the caveats, we’ve never had any problems at this park.

Interesting monkey bars/jungle gym at Peninsula ParkWhile the swimming pool is nice, it’s best for older kids and/or confident swimmers (i.e., no toddler area).

WebsitePortland Parks and Recreation Website

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

Recommended Ages:  All ages, even adults will love this park!

Parental Stress Factor:  If you have older kids in the pool, and younger kids out on the playground, the stress factor can get pretty high.  If your kids are the same age and will be doing similar activities, stress factor is pretty low.

Physical Difficulty:  Not physically difficult.  Park grounds are flat and mostly accessible.

Family Fun Factor:  A destination park for the whole family.  This park has a family fun factor of medium to high depending on what you’ll be doing.  Older kids may want to check-out the pool or gymnasium while younger kids play on the toddler playstructure.  There are paved paths, and this is a great place to learn how to ride a bike.  There is plenty of room for kickball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, whatever…

Pet Friendly:  This is a great park for a dog.  There is no off-leash area, but there is plenty of room here.

Weather Considerations:  Park is open year round, and people definitely brave the elements at this park.  The playstructures are usually quite busy year round.  Also, the playground has good drainage; thus, it doesn’t get too muddy.

Swingset at Peninsula ParkInsider Info:  This is one of my favorite destination parks in Portland, because it’s accessible via bike.  Ride north up Williams or south down Vancouver – check Portland’s biking map.  It’s also accessible via Max Train, and Interstate Ave. does have biking lanes as well.

Also, I just found this website that can generate a bike route to any destination in Portland – give it a try!

This park is close to New Seasons Market – Arbor Lodge.  Get some lunch and have a picnic on their lawn or a bench.  There is also a reservable outdoor picnic shelter for bigger events.

Blue tube at Peninsula ParkFamily Tips: Because it’s pretty big, Peninsula Park is home to many events during the year.  I recommend calling or visiting their community center for more information.

Why not rent the community center for an event or birthday party?  It sounds like a good idea to me, but there are a lot of stipulations – check the documentation!  We just rented their gymnasium for a party, and it was so much fun!  See pictures below…

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  1. May 2009 – noticed a new water feature for toddlers northwest of the rose garden, southwest of the playground – frog and flower design with random water spray patterns

    • Thanks for the heads-up. I think we'll ride bikes over there today to check it out. Hopefully, we'll get an update with pictures and video soon.


  2. What a lush off greenery adornment! Fantastic view of flowers from afar. Guess this is a very calming place.

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