The rumors are true, Portland does not have an overwhelming number of sunny days. So when the sun does shine, Portlanders migrate outdoors. They eat lunch outdoors; they do their personal yoga practices outdoors; they toss a frisbee around while their dogs try to get a piece of the action; they gather a few friends, form a circle, and break out the hackey sack; or they simply spread out a blanket in the sunshine and take in the entertainment that surrounds them. Whatever category your talents place you in, here are some of Portland's most active outdoor living rooms.
Officially dubbed "Portland's Living Room" Pioneer Square is one of the hubs in downtown PDX. Always hosting community events, such as the summer time free movie nights: Flicks on the Bricks, Winter Ale fest, farmers markets and free concerts. A fantastic place to sit with a sack lunch or sip on a coffee and take in the sights.
A leisurely walk along the picturesque waterfront on a sunny ( and even not so sunny days) is a fantastic way to observe this city. 5 of the cities 7 bridges can be seen along this walk, a full spectrum of Portland people can be encountered and this is also home to many of the cities festivals such as the Shamrock run, Blues Fest, Rose Festival & many more.
What used to be run down industrial buildings, was transformed in the 80's to chic art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and beautiful urban parks. Tanner Springs Park is on the corner of NW 10th & Marshall is a peaceful park that connects industrial design elements with the natural wetlands that once use to blanket this area.
This promenade of land run along Park Ave from Ankeny to Glisan. 6 Blocks of downtown development disconnects the NW Park Blocks from the SW Park Blocks. Park is lined with trees, benches, small play structures and public art. It's always a shaded area and ideal for sipping coffee, enjoying an ice cream cone or just taking a load off.
By daytime a park & fountain that is overflowing with squealing children who love the water feature and parents who love the ease of this outing and the hours of free fun it offers. My tip, wander past it in the twilight, the fountains continue to babble creating a romantic setting right up till midnight.
A park with miles of walking, hiking & biking trails. A playground, basketball courts, and amphitheater - all created on this extinct volcano! The amphitheater was created by removing part of the cinder cone & exposing the rock. Summer concerts are held here. Fun for the entire family. Sweeping views of downtown & Mt St. Helens Be sure to stop in the visitors center for maps & information about concerts, camps, rentals & just about anything !
Cascading fountains in front of the Keller Auditorium serve as a fun place to splash & cool off during the PDX hot spells and also a lovely place to enjoy a sack lunch or lunch from the food carts
In the heart of downtown, Director Park offers a fountain to splash in, a giant chess board to keep your strategic thinking sharp, Elephants Delicatessen to satisfy those hunger pains, comfortable seating in the shade and sun and a full summers' worth of free activities. Check out their website for the complete list and times.
What a lovely use of this once vacant space & another fabulous addition to The Pearl. A fun play structuring for kids including a small sand area. A huge grassy area to run, play frisbee or just chill and a dog park.