Hawthorne Park

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7510 SE King Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222
Hours: Opens half hour before sunrise and closes half hour after sunset
Acres:
1
Amenities: Picnic Facilities, Playground, Benches, Bike Racks, Walking Path

 

 

 

Park and Trail at Boardman Wetlands

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17908 S.E. Addie St., Jennings Lodge

There’s a new park and trail at the Boardman-Rinearson Wetland Complex – locally known as the Boardman Wetlands – right in the heart of the Jennings Lodge community. An urban oasis, the new park provides a calm and serene escape for nature-viewing and recreation. Still in the process of getting an official name, the new park is now open to the public for all to enjoy.

A 1,500-ft. boardwalk trail winds its way through the wetland, offering beautiful views of natural scenery and open skies. You’ll discover something new around every turn, as you stroll under wispy willows and use the overlooks to gaze down at the diversity of underwater plants and wildlife. Evidence of life can be spotted throughout the park, making it an ideal location for photography and bird-watching. Be on the lookout for the red-winged blackbird and northwest tree frog. In the spring, you might also catch a glimpse of baby ducklings scurrying about.

The park includes the District’s first nature play area, inspired by natural elements for more interactive play and greater connections to nature. An outdoor classroom plaza and hands-on education area with pond access provide opportunities to learn about the ecology of a wetland up-close. Learn more about the project here.

This project is the result of a partnership between NCPRD and Oak Lodge Water Services District. Additional financial support through grants came from Metro and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Virtual Park Tour

Things to see and do

  • Walk the trail loop and look for a variety of native plants and wildlife, including land and water birds, amphibians and fish.
  • Explore the nature play area for open-ended creativity and imaginative play.
  • Get a closer look at the ecology of a wetland with the hands-on education area.
  • Download the NCPRD Natural Area and Wetland Scavenger Hunt before heading to the park to see what you can find.

Rules and Safety Guidelines
Due to narrow portions of the trail, NCPD has instituted a one-way trail loop to help promote social distancing. Please follow directional signage and stay at least 6 feet from others. Wear a mask when physical distance isn’t possible. Thoroughly wash your hands before visiting the park and using the playground, and carry hand sanitizer with you. See all park usage guidelines.

The trail, education plaza, playground, and wetland access overlook are all wheelchair accessible. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the park property, in order to protect sensitive habitat and wildlife.

Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to ride bikes to the park, both to get exercise and to reduce our community’s carbon footprint. The Trolley Trail, which runs through Jennings Lodge, is about 1,200 feet from the park’s entrance off Southeast Addie Street, making it easily accessible. However, bikes are not permitted on the sidewalks and trails in the park to keep other visitors safe and to promote a wildlife-friendly environment. See all park rules here.

 

 

Stringfield Family Park

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3614 SE Naef Rd. Oak Grove, OR

Acres: 4.5

Amenities: Walking Trail, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Shelter, Restrooms, Parking

 

 

 

Rivervilla Park

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925 SE Courtney Rd. Oak Grove, OR
Acres: 5
Amenities: Picnic Facilities, Parking, Fishing Dock, Trails, Restrooms

Situated along the Willamette River in Oak Grove, this hidden gem offers direct access to the water for dipping your toes or casting a line. Take a stroll along the path, have a picnic in the park and enjoy the surrounding beauty through each changing season.

 

 

 

Risley Park

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2350 SE Swain Ave. Milwaukie OR

Acres: 5

Amenities: Basketball, Tennis, Walking Trail, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Restrooms, Parking

 

 

Trolley Trail

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About the Trolley Trail:

Milwaukie/Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge, OR

Acres: 29

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Amenities: Walking Trail, Restrooms, Parking

This 6-mile trail is a community treasure waiting for you to explore on foot or on your bike! It’s a multi-use paved and gravel trail.

The Trolley Trail is the name of the old Portland Traction Company streetcar line right-of-way that stretches between the cities of Milwaukie and Gladstone. North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and Metro purchased the right-of-way in 2001 to be developed into a regional multi-use trail using a voter-approved bond measure designed to protect nature and help people enjoy it. The Trolley Trail has been flagged in the region’s long-term plans since the early 1970s. Over the years, community groups and residents have rallied to bring it to life.

The six-mile Trolley Trail connects neighborhoods, schools, parks, retirement communities and business districts between Milwaukie and Gladstone and completes a missing link in Metro’s regional trail system. This bike and pedestrian trail follows the historic streetcar right-of-way that ran in the area from 1893 until 1968.

The idea of developing a trail within this historic right-of-way has been a dream in the community for decades. The trail now connects with existing bike lanes in Milwaukie and Gladstone to complete an essential link in Metro’s regional trails system. Ultimately, the trail will be part of a continuous 20-mile loop connecting Portland, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City and Gresham.

In October, 2020, a bike repair station was installed along the Trolley Trail in downtown Oak Grove. The repair station includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance. Screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and box wrenches are provided so that cyclists can change a flat tire, adjust brakes and put air in tires. Learn more about the public-private partnership that made this project possible, here.

Spring Park

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SE Sparrow St at SE 19th Ave. Milwaukie, OR

Hours: Opens half hour before sunrise and closes half hour after sunset
Acres: 6.9
Trail length: 0.6 miles roundtrip
Amenities: Walking Trail, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Limited Street Parking
Accessibility: See more information provided by AccessTrails
Public transit: MAX Orange Line [3/4 mile] and TriMet bus 34

Nestled next to the Willamette River, Spring Park Natural Area is a hidden gem in a quiet residential neighborhood in Milwaukie. Entering the park, you’ll find a small playground, picnic benches and bike racks and art features. A path of compacted crushed rock, boardwalk and overlook area provide visitors access to the surrounding wetlands, without endangering sensitive habitat and wildlife areas.

At the end of the trail is a seasonal land bridge to Elk Rock Island, which provides a rocky passage to the Island when water is low. Water levels may fluctuate and rise depending on the time of year, weather conditions, and changing tides in the Willamette River, cutting off access to the land bridge that leads to and from the Island. Please be aware of changing water levels and proceed with caution. See Willamette River tide times.

Spring Park and Elk Rock Island are open again, following a temporary closure for wildfire restoration and repair. Learn more here. 

 

 

 

 

Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden

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5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr. Milwaukie OR

Named for a former Milwaukie Center Director, the one-acre formal Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden is located immediately south of Milwaukie Center and the entrance to North Clackamas Park.

Garden Features

The Rose Garden’s central red brick plaza is surrounded by manicured rose beds at ground level and framed at four corners by raised beds, walkways and low plantings. The garden is available to rent for special events.

 

Milwaukie Bay Park/ Jefferson St. Boat Ramp

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1700 SE Jefferson St. Milwaukie, OR

Park specifics:

Acres: 6.8 acres

Amenities: Boat Launch, Fishing, Restroom, Walking Tail, Parking

Milwaukie Bay Park is a scenic park near downtown Milwaukie along the Willamette River. It is located just off McLoughlin Boulevard between Kellogg Creek to the south and Johnson Creek to the north. The park features a lawn area, walking paths, restroom, natural areas, water access and views of the river.

In addition to the river, the creeks, and a burgeoning downtown, there are several local parks and natural areas nearby and significant local and regional transportation connections such as the Trolley Trail, bike and pedestrian routes, MAX light rail, TriMet bus transit, and Oregon 99E.

Jefferson St. Boat Dock
The segment of the Jefferson St. Boat Dock that had been removed for seasonal winter storage is back in place and available for use as of May 19. For questions, please call 503-794-8030.

 

North Clackamas Park

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5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr. Milwaukie, OR

Hours: Opens half hour before sunrise and closes half hour after sunset
Acres: 45
Trail length: 1.7 miles
Amenities: Baseball/Softball, Off-Leash Dog Area, Walking Trails, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Shelter, Overlook Areas, Horse Arena, Restrooms, Parking
Accessibility: See more information provided by AccessTrails
Public transit: Trimet bus #152 at *The Milwaukie Center

The largest park in the District, North Clackamas Park covers 45 acres of fields, waterways and groves of mature oak trees. The park provides unique recreational experiences for all visitors, and includes shaded picnic areas, a covered picnic shelter, softball fields, a fenced horse arena and a dog park. Additional amenities include two playgrounds, walking paths, a volleyball net and horseshoe pits. Located in Milwaukie, the park is situated next to the Milwaukie Center and Sarah Hite Memorial Rose Garden.

Camas Creek divides the park into north and south, with Mt. Scott Creek flowing west along the northern and western boundaries of the park. A network of trails and walking paths throughout the site provides connections to the many park amenities. Learn more about the newest soft-surface trail on the western edge of the park.

The park includes several natural areas and sensitive habitats, including a wooded area of Oregon White Oak and Oregon Ash, and wetland and non-wetland riparian plant communities. With its mosaic of woodlands, lawns, streams, and wetlands, North Clackamas Park provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Overlook areas provide the perfect place to birdwatch and enjoy nature.