Econo Lodge Expo Center
405 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211-1421
Phone: (503) 285-7777
Fax: (503) 286-8834
Observe the race preparations, buy a racing guide, use your knowledge of racing or go with your gut. Place your bet and wait for the shot. They're off! Close to downtown, the races here are fun. Admission and parking are free, so you will have more cash to wager. Satellite races provide year-round betting. The stadium also hosts a wide array of popular concerts. Check the web site for more information.
This outdoor city pool, Peninsula Pool, is one of Portland's best. Originally built to replace the Willamette River bathhouses, the building is full of old-world charm and reflects the eclectic, nature-loving era it was born into. Shaded by old-growth cedars and anchoring the north end of Peninsula Park, this is the perfect setting to take in the city sun.
Tee off with your buddies at Riverside Golf & Country Club. Although a private course, the public can play nine holes or 18 holes. An on-staff pro and putting greens will help you warm up. Golfers can grab a bite at the on-site restaurant and enjoy their favorite drink at the full bar. A snack bar and beverage cart will help you keep your strength up during the game. It opens daily at 6am.
You're sure to enjoy playing at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The 1925 course features an abundance of water, making for a challenging game. Though its a private course, the public is also invited. The rates are $100 for nine to 18 holes, depending on the season and a dress code must be followed regardless of the season. The year-round course also offers a pro shop and rental clubs. A full bar, restaurant and snack shop will provide necessary sustenance before or after the game, and a driving range will help hone your skills.
Portland International Raceway brings drag races and other professional racing including NASCAR events to the Portland area. This popular raceway was built on the city of Vanport, which was wiped out by a flood in 1948. The Formula One racing circuit also holds events here. Known to locals as 'PIR', it is conveniently located at Delta Park, only a few minutes from downtown. If you're staying in the area, you may even hear the cars at night.
Going back to school has not ever been this much fun. This elementary school play yard is accompanied by a huge baseball field and jogging path. Named for Martin Luther King, Jr., the park and school grounds have trees, swings, benches, lighting, a jogging path, and ball field. This is a great place to spend the day relaxing or exercising. There are no fees to use the park.
This publicly owned facility is one of Portland's oldest golf courses. With a recently renovated restaurant and pro shop, this course is just 15 minutes from downtown. Beware of the killer 10th hole, which is always a surprise with its steep downhill tee off and a hard turn to the right across a wide lake to a rising green on the other side.There are many opportunities for singles and doubles to walk on.
Gammans Park, located in the peaceful Arbor Lodge Neighborhood, where folks walk down the street and wave to passing cars, the park is a truly fun place for kids, especially young kids. In addition to a playground fit for any tyke, there is a kiddy racetrack where the little ones can ride their tricycles or bikes on top of bridges and through tunnels. The park also has trails and paths that even the big kids enjoy. There are no fees to use the park.
This small, neighborhood park is a good place to sit back and watch the day dissolve. With grassy knolls and lots of greenery, the urban getaway is a cultural mecca. In the middle of blossoming North Portland, this neighborhood is a good example of how many races can come together and live peacefully. On the northeastern-most corner of the park sits the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center where you can view art depicting racial harmony. There are no fees charged.
This 1910 historic firehouse is now the home of a city gallery. Focusing on artists with ethnic backgrounds, the gallery houses touring exhibits that travel across the nation. The Mainstage Theater is partners with the Oregon Stage Company and produces thought provoking entertainment based on cultural issues. The center also hosts a Neighborhood Youth Theater Project during the summer months as well as other classes and workshops. When the center is closed, enjoy the adjacent Patton Square.
This park is where the city of Vanport, formerly Oregon's second largest, was destroyed in 1948 by a tsunami flood. The one retaining wall collapsed and sent a 12-foot wave washing over the city. Now, this 633-acre natural area contains optimal wetland hiking and the Heron Lakes Golf Course. Lush marshes are home to an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. West Delta Park area is also designated for the United States Army during national emergencies.
As it has so many times, Portland Parks and Recreation decided to rejuvenate an area previously prone to misuse by vandals and the like. Now fit for families, this 26-acre corner of the city lends unity to the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors enjoy a plethora of sports here. There are tennis and volleyball courts as well as football and baseball fields in Fernhill Park. The playground equipment will keep the kids occupied. Admission to the park is free.