Econo Lodge Near Clackamas Town Center
4512 S.E. 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97266
Phone: (503) 774-8876
Fax: (503) 788-9473
One of many Portland parks established in the 1920s, this one has a community center that has replaced the original pool house. It includes a recreational pool and waterslide, lap pool with six lanes, spa, lockers, and changing rooms and classrooms. The winding bark path lit by old-fashioned street lamps still weaves between old-growth trees. Mt. Scott Park is another perfect picnic park, but bring your own barbecue.
Deemed a natural habitat, this area is loaded with hiking trails. A miniature version of Powell Butte Nature Park, the trails are not as developed, but you will find scores of native critters from foxes to fowl. The park is just off Interstate Highway 205, on the south side of Southeast Division Street, a great place for a quick getaway. Use the 19 acres to explore Portland's eastside lush, rolling hills. Do not forget a bottle of water; the area gets pretty hot during the warmer months.
A wide asphalt path, perfect for jogging, cuts through the lawn of this city green. Creston Park is filled with other recreation essentials, like picnic tables, playground, restrooms and more, but the main attraction is the swimming pool. Ideal for those who love swimming in natural surroundings but fear an attack by a barracuda, shark or other aquatic predator, the pool rests in a grove of trees like a natural swimming hole.
Nestled in Creston Park, Creston Pool is a wonderful, shady retreat. The heated outdoor pool is in a park setting with old trees and lush green all around. Reminiscent of Huck Finn's favorite old swimming hole, the pool is an excellent way to enjoy nature in the comfort of civilization. Recent updates brought new showers, lockers and disabled access. Many classes, as well as adult lap swim sessions, are offered.
Kids ten and up will have a great, high action time at Splat Action Paint ball this Southeast Portland paint ball field. With more than 200 acres of diverse playing ground, no other facility in Oregon can compete. They also have the latest rental equipment available. Playing rates vary according to whether players rent equipment and which type of field they choose. Call to book a private party.
Just east of Mount Tabor Park, you'll find this charming neighborhood park and pool. In the vicinity of the airport, it's a great place to get in a quick swim before or after your flight. Lap, open and lesson sessions are offered throughout the week. You can even rent the facility for your own event on weekend evenings. The pool is also home to the local Portland Master Swim Team, for swimmers 19 and older.
This community park offers a most important feature, disabled access. Ventura Park has picnic tables, a path, lighting, water fountains and a playground. Grassy hills rolling with evergreens and deciduous trees intermingle to make this southeast spot a great site for a little Frisbee tossing. Stark Street is one of Portland's major thoroughfares making this park highly accessible.
Close to the Willamette River, this southeast estuary is one of the best places in the city to birdwatch. A trail meanders through the wetlands of Johnson Creek, making a wonderful refuge for critters caught in the city. Bird and other wildlife are protected in this natural habitat serving as an extension of the Springwater Corridor Trail, another protected path that treks through the city. Hiking here is fine, but picnics are not—the park has no developed sites. There are no fees to use the park.
This course is a favorite among Portland golfers. However you'd never know it was such a heavily played public course due to it's immaculate condition. You'll find plenty of water hazards, old trees and other challenges along the 6,508-yard track. Surrounding the course are Johnson Creek, Crystal Springs Lake and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. The city championship traditionally takes place here. The great conditions and beautiful layout aren't the real reason it's so popular with locals. The real reason is the budget-friendly price. It can get crowded, but you will practically have the course to yourself on a weekday morning. Tee-times are taken up to a week in advance.
A throwback to the lazy days of the roaring 20s, this shady retreat comes complete with a casting pond. Great for joggers, Westmoreland Park also lets you indulge in many other sports—tennis, volleyball, soccer, softball and basketball among them. Ideal for families looking to play a sport on weekend picnics and couples for a few private moments, this clean and quiet place is a favorite among locals. Visitors are not charged any fees unless they reserve one of the three group picnic areas for an organized event.
Rose City Golf Course is Oregon's second-oldest established golf course with magnificent old trees that line the holes of the 6,520-yard course. It is a beautiful yet frustrating course since it only offers narrow fairways. The challenge continues as you play long par-4 holes and take in the views. A popular place with local golfers, it is only 15 minutes from downtown. Golf is about all you will find here. There is no restaurant, only a snack bar; however, there is a small pro-shop.
Nick Sckavone, an avid baseball manager from the turn of the 20th Century, established this baseball field at Westmoreland Park in 1939. Sckavone actively developed the wooden stadium and is credited for developing the sport in Portland. The ballpark makes this Sellwood recreation area very popular among group picnickers. Moreover, with plenty of tables and shelter, the facilities are ready for your gathering. Bring the gang for a guaranteed good time. There are no fees to use the park, unless a shelter is reserved for an event; fees depend on the event.