Parks & Greenspaces
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and come watch films with your family and friends! Oregon City offers many opportunities to explore your natural environment, see a concert, view a movie, get exercise, bird watch, kayak, walk and play. The Parks Department maintains 26 parks and over 250 acres of grounds throughout the City.
Visit our new disc golf course at Singer Creek Park, 130 Linn Avenue, featuring 8 new baskets and a whole lot of fun! If you have never heard of disc golf, it is played much like traditional golf but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a frisbee. The object of the game is just like “regular golf” – you must complete each hole in the fewest throws. The frisbee is thrown from a tee area to the elevated metal basket. Find out more about this sport here.
Enjoy the Stone Creek Hiking trail: 2.8 miles that winds around the golf course and houses surrounding with a small section that goes through a wooded area and a stream. It’s an easy trail that has wood chips which helps during wet weather. 14603 S Stoneridge Drive, Oregon City
The Clackamette Park Loop has a nice walking and bike trail. Bring your leashed dog and enjoy great views of the Clackamas River. 1955 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City, OR 97045
Beat the summer heat by visiting our spray parks: Rivercrest Spraypark and Carnegie Spraypark. Our outdoor wading pool is also an option at the indoor pool site; 1211 Jackson Street, Oregon City. *Please note; dogs/animals are not allowed in the water parks. For more details, visit their website.
Clackamette RV Park / 1955 Clackamette Drive. Oregon City
•38 Spaces accommodating up to 40′ RVs
•Water + electricity 30 amp hookups
•RV Dump on-site
•River access + view of Willamette River
BOATING & KAYAKING
Sportcraft Boat Ramp is located at 1701 Clackamette Drive gives you boat ramp access to the Willamette River and also has rest rooms. You can rent paddle boards or kayaks at eNRG Kayaks~ 1701 Clackamette Dr. Oregon City. They also offer a one mile tour in which you may see herons, osprey, the occasional sea lion, the historic Willamette Falls Locks and the Falls themselves. 503-772-1122. (You must be 8 years old to paddle alone.)
HISTORICAL OREGON CITY
The third house ever built in the Oregon Territory is located right here in Oregon City. The Ermatinger House was built in 1847 and is a historical site maintained by our parks department in addition to the Barclay house, the Holmes House / Rose farm and the McLoughlin house.
We have 26 parks that offer natural areas, walking trails, athletic courts, horseshoe pits, a skate park, spray parks and off-leash dog areas for our community.
Parks with children’s play structures;
- Canemah Children’s Park / 815 4th Ave., Oregon City
- Chapin Park / 340 Warner Parrott Road, Oregon City
- Hazelwood Park / 920 Laurelwood Drive, Oregon City
- Park Place Park / 16180 Front Ave., Oregon City
- Rivercrest Park / 131 Park Dr., Oregon City
- Wesley Lynn Park / 12901 Frontier Pkwy., Oregon City
- Hillendale Park / 19260 Clairmont Way, Oregon City
- Barcley Hills Park / 13571 Barclay Hills Dr., Oregon City
Skate park / Clackamas Skate Park / 1955 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City
Up & Coming FUTURE park sites:
Glen Oak Park located at 14491 South Glen Oak Road is a 9.1-acre site located in the Caufield neighborhood of Oregon City. See information on the master plan here. It is not yet fully funded for a full build out. If you are in the estate planning time in your life and are thinking of a gift, the Oregon City Parks Foundation was created to inspire volunteerism, civic involvement and philanthropy in support of our parks system. Learn more about them by clicking here.
>>>> UPDATE 6/22/17: Good news to share! The Community Services Department was successful in securing a grant for $496,685 for construction of this park. We placed second out of the twenty-three agencies that applied for funding. The grant was awarded through the Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) managed by Oregon State Parks. The LGGP is a lottery-funded program that helps local government agencies finance projects to acquire, develop, and rehabilitate local and community parks or public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The Oregon Parks and Rec Commission just voted to approve the recommendations from the Local Government Grant Program Advisory Committee, so it is now official. The grant funds will be matched with Park SDC’s to construct phase 1 of the park. Construction estimates place the project cost at approximately $2 million and we anticipate beginning construction in 2018.
Newell Creek Canyon is a 233-acre urban forest between downtown Oregon City and Highway 213 will feature almost four miles of trails, which will provide access to hikers and cyclists. A 1.2-mile multi-use trail will serve as the backbone for the new network. It will provide access to a beginner loop for cyclists higher up in the canyon, as well as a route designed for intermediate-to-expert off-road cyclists closer to Newell Creek itself along the canyon’s bottom. Hiking-only trails will be concentrated in the canyon’s northern side, where overlook platforms will provide views and vantage point for bird watching. The site may, at some point, feature a children’s play area and bathrooms. See information on the master plan here.
The Beavercreek Master Plan has been in the works for quite some time but the build-out includes a network of green spaces intended to provide:
• A connected system of parks, open spaces and natural areas that link together and link to the Environmentally Sensitive Resource Areas, Scenic and open space amenities and community gathering places
• Access to nature
• Tree and natural area preservation
• Locations where storm water and water quality facilities can be combined with open space amenities, and opportunities to implement sustainable development and infrastructure
• Green spaces near the system of trails and pedestrian connections
• Open spaces which complement buildings and the urban, built environment
See information on the master plan here.
Most Americans Walk for Fun, Survey Finds
According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nine in 10 Americans walk for fun. Their favorite places to walk include local parks, along beaches and rivers, and neighborhood sidewalks. http://www.nrpa.org/About-National-Recreation-and-Park-Association/press-room/most-americans-walk-for-fun-survey-finds/
Side Note about Bird Watching:
The Backyard Habitat Certification Program by the Audubon Society of Portland (http://audubonportland.org) expanded to new Clackamas County cities including the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area. Oregon City is not yet funded, but if you have an interest, find out more about this wonderful program here.
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