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Joseph Wood Hill Park is located at the top of Rocky Butte. The park's namesake founded a Hill Military Academy in 1909 on Marshall Street that eventually re-located to the Rocky Butte area.


Rocky Butte is one of Portland's four extinct cinder cones. Its slopes have been designated as the Rocky Butte Natural Area, while the summit is home to Joseph Wood Hill Park. There is a large chunk missing on the butte's eastern face where a large quantity of rock was removed in the 1940's for the construction of a county jail. The jail was demolished in the 1980's and much of the stone was re-used along the Historic Columbia River Highway.


A simple logo for a simple neighborhood park.


Sewallcrest Park is a trusted neighborhood park for its old-fashioned, dusty baseball diamond and playground equipment.


Duniway Park is home to an extensive lilac garden containing about 225 plants of around 125 varieties.


Chimney Park lies on the spot where the city's incinerator used to be. The park got its name from the tall smokestack that once existed there.


The highest point in the west hills, Council Crest Park sits at 1,073 feet above sea level. The observation area at the top features great views of the city and mountains Hood & St. Helens.


The land that Macleay Park sits on once belonged to Donald Macleay, a Scotsman and prominent merchant in Portland. Macleay could often be heard complaining about the price of property taxes on his land and how he would rather donate the land to the city and have it be made into a park than pay such exorbitant taxes. After finally being countered by a friend with, "Well, then, why don't you?" he donated the land to the city in 1897 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign. It was one of the earliest parks in Portland.


Pier Park is a large, well-treed park in St. Johns that features an impressive skatepark, disc-golf course, and soccer, baseball, & basketball facilities. It was named for Stanhope S. Pier, who served as a Portland city commissioner in the late 1920's and as acting mayor in 1931.


Forest park officially began in 1947 when 3,000 acres of land were acquired and dedicated to the city by the City Club and Ding Cannon, then CEO of The Standard. But interest in preserving the heavily forested west hills of Portland dates back as early as 1899 when city planners and landscapers were brought in from across the country to design a majestic city park like no other.

Forest Park holds more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, about 62 species of mammals, over 100 species of birds, and trees as old as 250 years. The park continues to grow in size, thanks to new acquisitions and donations heralded by the tireless work of the Forest Park Conservancy (formerly Friends of Forest Park) and Portland Parks & Recreation.


Dr. DeNorval Unthank was a Portlander by way of Pennsylvania, Kansas City, and Washington D.C. Throughout his career as a doctor, he worked at Good Samaritan, Providence, St Vincent, and Emanuel Hospitals, as well as starting his own practice. An important figure in the early civil rights movement in Portland, Unthank opened many doors and opportunities for other minorities, winning several awards, breaking down racial barriers, and serving as the president of the local chapter of the NAACP.


Hoyt Arboretum was established in Washington Park to preserve evergreens for educational and recreational purposes. It was named in honor of Ralph Warren Hoyt, the county commissioner who championed the formation of the arboretum. It possesses the largest group of distinct species of any arboretum in the U.S. with 10,000 individual trees and shrubs, representing nearly 1,000 different species from around the world.


Mt. Tabor is an extinct volcanic cinder cone whose name was borrowed from a mountain six miles east of Nazareth in Israel. Portland is one of only three cities in the US to have a volcano in its city limits.


The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is the oldest public rose test garden in the US and is home to over 7,000 roses of around 550 varieties. New types of roses are sent to the garden from all over the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes.


Colonel Owen Summers was a commanding officer of the Spanish-American War who later became an Oregon legislator. He introduced the bill that led to the creation of the Oregon National Guard. There is a relief carving of him in a large rock in the southwestern corner of the park where you can view him in all his mustachioed glory.


William Ladd came out west and settled in Oregon during the California Gold Rush. Today at the gardens, you can find over 3,000 roses of sixty different varieties. He came to be a prominent businessman and eventually Mayor of Portland. In 1891, he decided to subdivide his land into a diagonal street system surrounding a central park. That area is now known as Ladd's Addition, and it is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the city.


Ulysses S. Grant visited Portland three times in his life, which is quite a feat considering that it was before the times of standardized air and rail travel.


Powell Butte Nature park is over 600 acres of meadow and forest land, over nine miles of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails, abundant wildlife, and a true escape from the city.


Elk Rock Island is actually located in Milwaukie, OR, but was gifted to the city of Portland by the island's owner Peter Kerr. Kerr wanted Portland to “preserve it as a pretty place for all to enjoy.”

The island was formed by the eruption of an ancient volcano roughly 40 millions years ago. Lava flows shaped the large jagged rocks that may be some of the oldest exposed rock in the area. The island is only accesible by land when the water levels are low by way of the Spring Park Trailhead, otherwise a canoe or kayak is needed.


Irving Park (and the Irvington neighborhood) got its name from Captain William Irving, a Scottish immigrant who became an early pioneer in steamboat travel. He set up a business delivering lumber and other goods between Oregon and California. A good friend recalled after his death, "his purse was always at the disposal of any one in need, and his generosity was unrestricted by class, faith, or nationality... He was a true gentleman in the true sense of the term."