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Beaverton City Park Fountain
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Beaverton City Park FountainWhat’s to Love:  Beaverton City Park is located right next to the city library.  We first visited on a very hot day when my son was around 3 years old. As you can see in the first video clip below, he was pretty spooked-out by the vertical row of spraying jets, so he just hung out on the fringes. I literally had to pick him up and run with him through the spray. This is your basic fountain with nothing too fancy, but it certainly can cool you off on a hot day. Plus, it’s a good fountain for all ages.

Great lawn spaceWe recently revisited the park on May 25th, 2009, and my 3 year old is now 5!  This time, he had a much better time running wild in the fountain.  See the newest video clip below.

You’re basically in the pavement jungle here, but there is a nice grassy area for picnics and relaxing. Here is a short video clip of the fountain…

Caveats: It’s a very basic fountain with not much to do except run back and forth. On a hot day, it’s certainly better than nothing! The pavement gets hot, and there isn’t much shade near the fountain. If you’re planning on staying for awhile, bring an umbrella for shade and some chairs.

Website: Beaverton City Parks

Distance from Portland: Within 10 miles of downtown Portland

Recommended Ages: Kids between 3 and 8 will have fun at the fountain. If younger than 3, they’ll probably be a bit scared of the spraying water. If older, they’ll probably lose interested quickly.

Parental Stress Factor: Low stress activity for the most part. It was a laid-back park without too much aggression at the fountain.

Physical Difficulty: Not difficult and fully accessible around the fountain area.

Family Fun Factor: Medium to High – if you bring a carload of kids between 3 – 8, everyone will have a blast running around and playing with the spraying water. If it’s a toddler meandering around the perimeter, the fun factor decreases slightly…to medium.

Pet Friendly: Dogs are okay on a leash.

Weather Considerations: Hot summer day is obviously best!

Benches and Green SpaceInsider Info: You may want to bring you own folding chairs and a blanket. There are not that many picnic tables close to the fountain, and they’ll definitely fill-up on a hot day.

Beaverton City Park FountainFamily Tips: Beaverton’s city library is right next to the fountain, if you get a bit overheated and need some shade. Be prepared for extreme sun exposure! Also, if your kids get scared, be prepared to get wet. You’ll need to pick them up and run through the fountain.

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4 Comments


  1. Just hung out there this afternoon (May 25, 2009) with my family. We had a great time! Plenty of space for throwing a frisbee. Great space for a picnic under the trees near the public restrooms. No grills.

  2. We go pretty regularly as we live fairly close. One thing you forgot to mention is the Beaverton farmer's market is held right next door on Saturdays. You can have fun with the kids and get your groceries done at the same time! However, we did have one bad experience. It was a Sunday morning right after a beautiful Saturday. The park was trashed with litter everywhere. The park service isn't too prompt with getting the place cleaned up.

  3. Does anyone know if the fountains are till on??

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