Washington Park Portland Reviews
Great park in a busy city May 16, 2011
Washington Park has become my favorite city park that I've seen in a while. It has, by far, beaten my favorite city park from Spokane, WA, Manito Park. On this trip, the roses weren't in bloom, but the area the Rose Garden covered was impressive. And I'm sure that when they do bloom, the color will be equally as impressive. This park also holds the majority of the attractions of Portland. The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, the Oregon Zoo, and several others. I was not able to make it to the Zoo originally because someone had apparently managed to drive their car off the road (with a STEEP embankment down) but managed to get around the other side. But due to the time constraints for this current trip, the Zoo had to be put off until the next time.
The rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs made up for the color otherwise lacking due to the non-blooming roses. They were all big, bright, and definitely added color through the coverage of the park.
The Holocaust Memorial was an impressive looking crescent-shaped structure. At first when I was researching it online, it didn't seem to be anywhere close to where I was wanting to go, and considering the time constraints I had to work with, didn't view it as a "worth it" type of stop for this trip. But I stumbled across it at the park, which I thought was well worth the stop. The memorial commemorates the survivors and their families while it gives a decent history of the events leading up to the Holocaust, has special tributes to the survivors and families of survivors, and on the back side it has a list of the survivor's family members in Oregon and southwest Washington.
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Mar 10, 2007
Washington Park is a nice family place to visit. It's a pretty big park and contains lots of other places to check out. There is no entrance fee to the park, but there is for the places listed below.
Washington Park Zoo
For Parents and kids (although kids may get bored):
International Rose Test Garden
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Part of the Portland, OR 2007 travel blog
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