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Peninsula Park


Peninsula Park is a formally designed neighborhood park, typical of the early 1900's.

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It includes the city's first public rose garden and first community center, a historically designated bandstand, and Portland's second oldest playground. 

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Year acquired



The park was purchased by the city in 1909 for $60,000 with funds raised in a 1908 bond measure. Originally owned by local businesswoman Liverpool Liz, it had been the site for a roadhouse and racetrack for quarter-mile horse racing. An autopark and campground were also included in the original parcel. Planned by renowned Oregon architects Ellis Lawrence and Ormond R. Bean, the park was a result of Portland's 1912 'City Beautiful' movement. Completed in 1913, much remains of the original features, including the lantern-style streetlights, the stone pillars, vast brickwork, and the nearly 100-year-old fountain in the center of the rose garden. Disc #4, a bronze sculpture by Jerry Allen, was installed in 1979 along the west side of the park.

Reservations available

Picnic site
Wedding site
Peninsula Park Community Center Kids Class

Park Location or Entrance

Peninsula Park main entrance
700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight This park has a splash pad - click here for hours and more information. Tennis court lights are turned off at 10:00 PM. To reserve a sports field, picnic area or wedding site, call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps and Info

Park amenities/activities

Stage (Outdoor)
Paths (Paved)
Softball Field
Soccer Field
Splash Pad
Basketball Court
Tennis Court (Lighted)
Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Restroom
Statue or Public Art
Picnic Table
Historical Site
Horseshoe Pit
Picnic Shelter

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