What are the best parks in Portland?

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Melissa Wilmot

With more than 400 acres of trees, gardens, attractions, and playgrounds, there’s a little something for everyone at Washington Park. Just minutes from downtown Portland you’ll also find some of the best walking and running trails in the city.

Gabriel Park is one of Portland’s larger public parks and features amenities such as a baseball field, basketball and tennis courts, a skate park, playground and picnic tables. The walking paths throughout the park are perfect for strolling with your dog and enjoying the scenic surroundings.

Nestled in one of Portland’s most charming tree-lined neighborhoods in Southeast Portland is Sellwood Park. Not only does it have some great sports facilities, but the park also features a horseshoe pit, picnic site, wonderful playground, and an adjoining outdoor pool for those warm summer days.

At over 5,100 wooded acres, Forest Park is the largest forested natural area within city limits in the United States. It also features an abundance of wildlife (in total, more than 62 mammal and 112 bird species) and a massive tree canopy covering miles of wonderful walking, hiking and running trails. This is one of the best parks in Portland for the outdoor enthusiast!

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