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Delta Park

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Size in acres

87.47

Year acquired

1950

History

Delta Park and the Portland International Raceway were built on the site of the city of Vanport City, which was destroyed by a flood in 1948. Prior to its destruction, Vanport was the second largest city in Oregon. Vanport was constructed in order to house the thousands of war-time shipbuilders that Henry Kaiser, of Henry Kaiser Industries, had recruited from New York to help with the war effort. Vanport, which was constructed in under a year, was deemed 'The Miracle City.' It had its own post office, nine schools, a fire station, a 400-seat cafeteria, a 785-seat theater, a library, a hospital, fourteen playgrounds, five commercial centers, and a police station staffed by twenty-two officers.

The problem with this instant city was that the quality of housing and building construction left much to be desired. On Sunday, May 30, 1948, just one day after the general manager of Vanport announced that the city was "not in any foreseeable danger" from rising flood waters, a segment of the ring-like dike surrounding the city collapsed. A 12-foot wall of water rushed through the community, wiping out all of the poorly-constructed houses. The residents were never officially notified that they were in danger.

Delta Park has been the site of quite a bit of controversy over the years. In 1964 there were some hotly contested plans to build a domed stadium in the park. Had the plans gone through, the stadium would have been the largest of its kind, with permanent seating for 60,000 and temporary seating up to 80,000. The plans were not approved and we now have a place for all sorts of outdoor activities.

In this Park Facility

Park Location or Entrance

Delta Park main entrance
N Denver Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97217

Open hours

Park hours: 6:00am-10:00pm

To reserve a sports field, call 503-643-1530.

Upcoming construction

Delta Park - Urban Forestry Facilities

Construction: Summer 2020 - Winter 2021/22

Park amenities/activities

Fenced Dog off-leash Area
Paths (Paved)
Picnic Table
Playground
Soccer Field
Softball Field
Synthetic Turf
Volleyball Court

City section

North