The Most Beautiful Parks in Beaverton, Oregon
From the vast array of Beaverton parks available, one of these eight beautiful spaces may just fit your weekend plans.
Some of the most beautiful parks in the West can be found in Oregon. These eight parks all offer their own flavor of outdoor recreation and nature-loving fun. If you require accessibility and easy terrain, there's a park for you. If you're looking for a great place to run through the woods, this list should help you find the perfect park for that, too. The best part is that these parks are available to the public at no cost to you. Score!
Marquam Nature Park
Located much closer to Portland's inner city than the others, Marquam Nature Park is a meandering, 178-acre woodland area with over five miles of trails to explore. The park is mostly made up of undeveloped forest and well-maintained trails for hiking and running. Maintained by a volunteer community organization that works in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, the park is known for its for providing a tranquil piece of space that offers an escape from the busy city.
One of the most multi-purpose parks the area has to offer, Gabriel Park is comprised of ninety acres of land that allows for many outdoor activity options including tennis, baseball, volleyball, soccer, skateboarding, and basketball. The park’s ADA-accessible picnic grounds and restrooms make for easy access to its amenities. Gabriel's various walking and running trails offer leisurely exercise at its finest and its large skate park is a popular after-school venue. Located on SW Vermont Street and SW 45th Avenue, Gabriel Park is one of the most useful and beautiful parks in the area.
Metzger Park, located not far from Washington Square on SW Hemlock Street, is a seven-acre piece of land that offers basketball and tennis courts and a play area complete with slides, climbing walls, and lots of shade. The park also provides paved pathways, picnic tables, and a couple of horseshoe pits. Known as a beloved neighborhood park in southern Beaverton, Metzger Park has long been enjoyed for picnics and family fun.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a 230-acre open-space area that offers wonderful views of the Chehalem Mountains and the Tualatin River Valley. Located on SW Kemer Rd, the nature park is equipped with such amenities as an ADA-accessible restroom, a picnic area, a playground, and a sandbox. Along with the basics, the park delivers several miles of trails for field trips, nature walks, and running. A gorgeous and well-preserved natural space full of wildlife, the Cooper Mountain Nature Park invites the public to explore the nature education it provides in its woodlands.
Hyland Woods, formerly known as Hyland Forest Park, is a natural forest preservation area comprising 30 acres of mostly undeveloped land. Located just east of SW Murray Boulevard, the park offers many soft-surface trails. While it doesn’t provide a traditional playground or picnic area, Hyland Woods is an ideal park for nature exploration and exercise.
Am Kennedy Park
Located on SW Kennedy Street, AM Kennedy Park is an 8.3-acre park with a multipurpose athletic field, basketball court, and picnic area with a shelter. Right on the bus route, this park is equipped with an ADA-accessible restroom, community garden, and drinking fountains. AM Kennedy also offers trails for hiking and running, as well as a playground. With its location in a residential area, the park is still very close to several restaurants and stores.
Lowami Hart Woods Park
Located on the bus route on SW Hart Road, Lowami Hart Woods Park is complete with nature education, an ADA-accessible restroom, and lots of birds. With Johnston Creek running through it, the twenty-eight-acre park boasts several trails that make up 0.8 miles for running or walking. Just south of a fifteen-acre natural forest and wetland area called Brookhaven Woods Natural Area, the Lowami Hart Woods Park is a pleasant slice of nature in West Beaverton, ideal for enjoying nature with family or friends.
Commonwealth Lake Park
Located in a quiet area without too much traffic, the twenty-acre Commonwealth Lake Park offers a large man-made lake as well as a playground on the park’s west side. The .8-mile trail that surrounds the lake is paved, flat, and ADA-approved. Commonwealth Lake Park is a great spot for fishing, soccer, and viewing of wildlife. Many residents in the area enjoy bird watching and picnicking there. With its bus-accessible location on SW Foothill and SW Huntington, the park is conveniently close to US Highway 26, which leads right into the heart of Portland.
As different as these parks may be from each other, they all carry with them a unique piece of the Beaver State's flora and fauna. A state known for its tall trees and lovely scenery, Oregon's outdoor activity offerings are plentiful. It's only right to enjoy time outside while in the Portland area. Whether your plans include a school field trip, fishing on the lake, training for that upcoming marathon, or simply taking a stroll with your best friend, one or all of these beautiful parks may be just the right pick.
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