Laurelhurst Park was originally part of the William S. Ladd's Hazel Fern Farm, but as part of the City Beautiful movement of 1904 the piece of land was transformed into a park. The City Beautiful movement plan served as a catalyst to turn this old cattle into what was voted in 1919 as the “most beautiful park” on the West Coast (see photo of old Laurelhurst Park to the left, photo courtesy of Wikipedia). Decades later this park still serves as a place of beauty, a place for people to connect with nature, and a place for recreation. For the last four years, this park has served as one of the pit stops along the Sunday Parkways Southeast Route.
On August 24th, the park will be filled with music, vendors, and fun. In the northeast region of Laurelhurst Park you will find the Opsfest Shakespeare perform ”As You Like It”, a Shakespearean romantic comedy blending a story of heroism and adventure. In the southeast of the park, Parks and Recreation has provided a Slip’n’Slide whereas kids of all ages can cool off on what we hope will be a nice sunny day. In the middle of the interior of the park you will find a series of nonprofits conducting outreach on topics ranging from renewable energy to eco-living in Portland.
There will also be loads of delicious eats to find along SE Oak which includes jerk chicken, soups, ice cream, shaved ice, doughnuts, deep dish and more. Come see for yourself what Laurelhurst Park has to offer on August 24th between 11 am and 4 pm.