Portland August 10, 2017
7 Amazing Gems Just Waiting To Be Discovered Along The Portland Waterfront
Surround yourself in a day of relaxation and fun on Portland’s waterfront. Sure, you have probably strolled through or attended a festival on the waterfront, as this is pretty much standard fare for every Portlander, but have you explored these gems along the waterfront? Get out of the house and check out these interesting spots along the Willamette.
1. Mill Ends Park
We have the Guinness Book of World Records smallest park in the world right here in Portland, and you might have just passed it by without even noticing. Located on the median strip of SW Naito Parkway near Taylor Street, this tiny park is right off the waterfront and a wonderful detour on your trip.
2. Poet's Beach
Under the Marquam Bridge lies this fun beach in the heart of the South Waterfront. The beach is sandy and picturesque, and with lifeguards on duty, this is a fun summer swimming destination in the city.
3. Salmon Street Springs
Probably the least hidden of all waterfront gems, this amazing fountain sits at SW Naito Parkway and SW Salmon Street. Using 185 jets and 4,924 gallons of recycled water per minute, this is one fun fountain to cool off in.
4. Waterfront Bike Path
Sure, nearly every Portlander has walked along the waterfront downtown. But have you taken the 1.5 mile loop across the river and up the Eastbank Esplanade? This lovely trail offers some of the best city views and crosses the Marquam and Steel Bridges for an easy loop in the heart of all the city's action. Walk, bike, or rollerblade this fun trail.
5. Japanese American Historical Plaza
North from the Burnside Bridge is this plaza and memorial dedicated to raising public awareness of the diverse cultural experiences throughout America. Sculptures are scattered throughout the plaza, along with 12 granite stones etched with poetry that tells the stories of early Issei immigrants to the younger generation of today. The plaza also highlights the Bill of Rights and the Japanese-American war-time experience in internment camps during WWII.
6. Friendship Circle
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A collaboration between sculptor Lee Kelly and composer Michael Stirling, this sculpture is a commemoration of 30 years of friendship between our sister city, Sapporo, Japan.
7. Bill Naito Legacy Fountain
If you have been to the waterfront for Saturday Market, this fountain is shut off so you may have missed it. Located near the Burnside Bridge, this fountain is interactive and loads of fun for young kids and the young at heart. Be sure to take a look at the steps of the fountain where a poem celebrating the diverse cultures that have shaped our city.
What is your favorite thing to do on the waterfront? Let us know in the comments below.