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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Play area
Spray feature
Peninsula Park
700 N Rosa Parks Way Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 16.27
Acquired in 1909

Amenities
Includes basketball court, disabled access picnic area, disabled access restroom, fountain, historical site, horseshoe pit, paths – paved, picnic shelter, picnic site – reservable, picnic tables, playground, rose garden, soccer field, softball field, splash pad, stage, statue or public art, tennis court, tennis court – lighted, and wedding site – reservable.
Basketball Court Disabled Access Picnic Area Disabled Access Restroom Fountain Historical Site Horseshoe Pit Paths – Paved Picnic Site – Reservable Picnic Tables Playground Rose Garden Soccer Field Softball Field Splash Pad Stage Statue Or Public Art Tennis Court Tennis Court –  Lighted Wedding Site – Reservable

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight
Tennis court lights are turned off at 10:00 PM.

To reserve a sports field, picnic area or wedding site, call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps & Info

Historical Information
Peninsula Park is a formally designed neighborhood park, typical of the early 1900s. It includes the city's first public rose garden and first community center, a historically designated bandstand, and Portland's second oldest playground.

The park was purchased by the city in 1909 for $60,000 with funds raised in a 1908 bond measure. Originally owned by local businesswoman Liverpool Liz, it had been the site for a roadhouse and racetrack for quarter-mile horse racing. An autopark and campground were also included in the original parcel. Planned by renowned Oregon architects Ellis Lawrence and Ormond R. Bean, the park was a result of Portland's 1912 'City Beautiful' movement. Completed in 1913, much remains of the original features, including the lantern-style streetlights, the stone pillars, vast brickwork, and the nearly 100-year-old fountain in the center of the rose garden.

Disc #4, a bronze sculpture by Jerry Allen, was installed in 1979 along the west side of the park.

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