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.

 

 

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About the Trolley Trail:

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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.