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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

Track
Lilac garden
Path
Duniway Park
SW 6th Ave & Sheridan St Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 14.08
Acquired in 1918

Amenities
Includes accessible restroom, horseshoe pit, paths – paved, picnic tables, soccer field, and track.
Accessible Restroom Horseshoe Pit Paths – Paved Picnic Tables Soccer Field Track

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight
To reserve a sports field, call 503-823-2525.

Parking: There is no charge for parking in the Duniway lot, however each spot is limited to one hour parking. Time limits are strictly enforced by Portland Parking Patrol.

Historical Information
The current site of Duniway Park was once Portland's first Italian settlement colony. The influx of Italians into Portland occurred between 1900 and 1917. In 1918, Duniway Park was named in honor of Abigail Scott Duniway (1836-1915) - writer, newspaper publisher, and advocate for women's right to vote. In 1912, Duniway became the first legal female voter in Multnomah County.

In May of 1995, Duniway Park became the site of the first track of its kind. At that time, a state-of-the-art track surface was installed and made from recycled rubber, including over 20,000 lbs. of athletic shoe soles donated by Nike, Inc. The dedication ceremony included three-time New York Marathon winner Alberto Salazar and 100 children running a 'Victory Lap' around the track.

The track has since been resurfaced and now the track and field are being considered for significant improvements as part of Under Armour’s WIN Global philanthropic initiative. Learn more.

The Lilac Garden in Duniway Park is a landfill over what was originally Marquam Gulch. The garden is surrounded by steep hillsides covered with fir and cedar - a wonderful backdrop for lilacs in bloom. There are currently about 225 plants in the garden. Included are over 125 varieties, mostly hybrids of Syringa vulgaris which bloom from late March to early May. Of special interest is a large Japanese Tree Lilac which blooms in June.

The majority of lilacs in the garden were grown by B.O. Case, a nurseryman from southeastern Washington. When Case died in 1936, the Portland Garden Club decided to make his collection a gift to the City of Portland. Mrs. Mark M. Thiesen purchased the collection for $2,000 and the Garden Club brought an out-of-state lilac expert to Portland to select a site and design the garden layout.