Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Top choice park in Downtown

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This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River, was finished in 1978 after four years of construction. It replaced an old freeway with 1.5 miles of paved sidewalks and grassy spaces, and now attracts joggers, in-line skaters, strollers and cyclists. During summer the park is perfect for hosting large outdoor events such as the Oregon Brewers Festival. Walk over the Steel and Hawthorne bridges to the Eastbank Esplanade, making a 2.6-mile loop.

Salmon Street Springs Fountain, in the park at Salmon St, draws a crowd on a hot day. North of Burnside Bridge is the Japanese American Historical Plaza, a memorial to Japanese Americans who were interned by the US government during WWII.