Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland

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#11 of 62 in Parks in Portland
Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a 36.59acre park located in downtown Portland, Oregon, along the Willamette River. After the 1974 removal of Harbor Drive (a good example of freeway removal), the park was opened to the public in 1978. The park covers 13 tax lots is owned by the City of Portland (Portland Parks and Recreation). The park was renamed in 1984 to honor Tom McCall, the Oregon governor who pledged his support for the beautification of the west bank of the Willamette River—harkening back to the City Beautiful plans at the turn of the century that envisioned parks and greenways along the river. The park is bordered by RiverPlace to the south, the Steel Bridge to the north, Naito Parkway to the west, and Willamette River to the east. In October 2012, Waterfront Park was voted one of America's ten greatest public spaces by the American Planning Association.
The most common uses for the park are jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, fountain play, lunching, basketball, fireworks viewing, Segwaying and boat watching. Due to its recreational use, lunch hours (11:00 am to 1:00 pm) are peak-use hours for the waterfront park. In addition to recreational use, the park is also highly used by bike and pedestrian commuters during rush hours (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm) because the park is easily accessible to the downtown Portland workforce and provides a pleasant, off street thoroughfare away from vehicular traffic. It is currently home to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon festival. The park is also the host of many Rose Festival events.
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  • I felt like staying at the waterfront and enjoying the scenery. When I visited, it was very windy and could not be too long.
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  • We walked through here most days and nights. It's a really nice stretch of waterfront. Good views all across the river.  more »
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  • It's Spring time now so the park is bustling on sunny days with people biking and jogging up and down the riverfront. Pay attention to your surroundings and enjoy the views of the cherry blossoms. There are a few geese still around so be careful where you sit and don't feed the birds. Skateboarders frequent the steps and they are respectful so just make sure they see you walking and they will wait until you pass to do their tricks.
  • Late March/early April is the best time to go. Trees were in full bloom. Went on a Saturday and it was very very busy. Don't plan on taking many pictures if you don't want people in the background because it was packed.

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