The Park: Pirate Park is a neighborhood park tucked behind a hill. There’s a short walk to access it but it’s worth the work! There are three structures with a lot of slides, water, and sand.
How to get there: From HWY 26 take Bethany Blvd. north to Laidlaw. Head west on Laidlaw, turn right on Preakness Terrace, turn left on Hackney Dr. Park on the street, under the power lines. Walk down the hill to the right, look for pirate structure.
A Fun Picnic Theme: Gold Rush
What to Picnic:
– chocolate coinage is a delicious currency!
– Cheese, apple, a slice of bread, wrapped in a hanky
– Lots of water! Sore travelers paid as much as $100 for a glass of water during the gold rush!
What to Play:
– Poke holes in an old pie pan and let your child pan for spare change in the sand
– Pack your child’s lunch in a piece of cloth and have them carry it on a stick
– Do a little google-ing and teach your children about the gold rush.
– Football anyone? Why do they call them the 49ers anyway!
– Teach your children about the tools that were used to dig for gold, here’s a great resource.
The Portland Central Library is located in one of the cities most charming buildings. Built in 1903 and designed by A.E. Doyle, this Georgian Revival edifice is a jewel that should not be overlooked! With more than 17 miles of shelves, the Central Library is an adventure waiting to happen. Plan to spend time exploring more than just the 2 million items available for checkout. Take time to discover the stunning ceilings, windows and architectural details that make this library so unique.
801 SW 10th, Portland
SW Park Ave. from Salmon St. to Jackson St.
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For more historical information go here.
Downtown Portland is a fun place to play on a hot summer day. Pack a picnic, lather on some sunscreen and head out on a self guided walking tour of Portland’s historical fountains. Get a Map complete with historical information and guided instructions for this fun activity.