Fernhill Park Nature Patch
Established in 2020 in partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services, this natural forest garden includes a wide variety of native plants, split-rail fencing, logs and boulders, and a gravel path. The nature patch is on the hilltop that overlooks the splash pad and dog off-leash area.
Learn more about Nature Patches in Portland
Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.
According to rumor, the land that is now called Fernhill Park was used as a dumping ground for stolen cars. Auto thieves would steal cars, take them to the ravine, and strip them down for parts. Portland Parks & Recreation 'rode to the rescue' and removed briar patches, graded the hills, and planted grass – turning this one-time valley of vandals into a beautiful park for everyone to enjoy!
In 2018, Fernhill Park received a new splash pad and an expanded play area with new play equipment thanks to funds from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges.