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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

Park sign
Park
Play area
Kenilworth Park
SE 34th Ave & Holgate Blvd Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 8.33
Acquired in 1909

Amenities
Includes disabled access picnic area, disabled access play area, paths – paved, picnic tables, playground, softball field, tennis court, tennis practice board, and volleyball court.
Disabled Access Picnic Area Disabled Access Play Area Paths – Paved Picnic Tables Playground Softball Field Tennis Court Volleyball Court

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

To reserve a sports field, call 503-823-2525.

Accessibility Information

Parking
- Street parking
- Paved pathway to play area
- 200 feet to play area

Play Area
- Engineered mulch surface
- Ramp into play area
- Fenced

Play Equipment
- Transfer station

Other Amenities
- Accessible picnic table

Wading Pool Update
PP&R has closed its wading pools for health and safety reasons, as required by new State of Oregon regulations. In 2002, an inventory and assessment of wading pools was completed. Based on those recommendations, as well as input from maintenance and planning staff, PP&R has identified 17 wading pools for replacement and 7 for elimination. Please read the FAQ for more information.

Historical Information
The land occupied by Kenilworth Park and most of the Kenilworth neighborhood was part of the land claim owned by Clinton Kelly, a Methodist minister from Kentucky who settled in the area in 1848. In 1909 the Portland Park Board purchased 9 acres from Kelly with funds from a 1908 bond measure created specifically to acquire land for parks in Portland.

The park and the neighborhood, platted in 1889, are named after Sir Walter Scott's 1821 novel Kenilworth, a romantic novel set in Elizabethan England. Many of the streets in the neighborhood took their names from this novel and other novels by Scott.

In 1910, Park Superintendent Emanuel Mische created a design for the park that was inspired by the park's natural topography and vegetation. The design included a bandstand, tennis courts, sports field, wading pool and play area, sand courts, walkways, and vista points. In 1912 a comfort station pavilion was added and remains an important historic feature of the park. Designed by Ellis Lawrence in the 20th Century Classic style, it is significant for its cubist form and decorative brickwork arches. Originally the arches were open and provided unobstructed views of the city; in 1983, in order to curb vandalism, metal doors were added to close off the pavilion when not in use. Today, the basic layout of the park remains intact and is indicative of the strength and appeal of Mische's original design.