Stretching along the west bank of the Willamette River, this long and narrow park runs from the north to south. It is about 30 acres in size, and very popular for many recreational activities - jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, and basketball. It’s a great place to people and boat watch too.
The main zones of the park can be divided into The Esplanade, the bowl, the Salmon Street Springs, the John Yeon building, and the central lawn. Keep an eye out for two monuments: the Battleship Oregon Memorial, with a 1976-2076 time capsule sealed at its base; the Police Memorial; Friendship Circle for sister city Sapporo, Japan; the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain; and the Founders Stone commemorating the men who flipped a coin to decide this city’s name.
The park is a popular venue for some important annual cultural festivals - the Rose Festival, the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, the Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon festival. But the most important event is probably the Portland Saturday Market, the largest continuously operated arts and crafts market in the United States.
Tom Mccall Waterfront Park Hours
Portland Farmers Market: March - December:
- Saturdays - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
- Sundays - 11:00 am - 4:30 pm.
How to Reach Tom Mccall Waterfront Park
- MAX Blue and Red Lines stop Skidmore Fountain MAX Station
- MAX Green and Orange Lines stop NW 5th & Couch MAX Station
- Portland Streetcar A-Loop; Bus 6 stop NE M L King & E Burnside
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10.5% of people who visit Portland include Tom Mccall Waterfront Park in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
30.43% of people start their Tom Mccall Waterfront Park visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Tom Mccall Waterfront Park
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Tom Mccall Waterfront Park Reviews & Ratings
It's okay - depending upon the DAY OF THE WEEK YOU GO THERE. Wintertime brings a lot of homeless - some scary, some not. Weekends brings festivals and so forth. Busy in the summertime and warm days. It's nice enough.
Such a beautiful and relaxing area my wife and I enjoyed walking around. It was a nice view of the city on the other side, the bridges, if you want to get a little out of the main part of the city with all the buildings. Its cool to see Portland from a different angle. I do wish there were some more vendors out by the water, it would attract much more people. I get they have events there, but for all of the people visiting the area, who probably don't know about these events, we're stuck walking for a while. Maybe promote bicyclists to carry people from place to place around the area?
Lovely park with a place to walk near the river. We were there to fly kites as Google reviews said this was the place. There were a lot of trees but room to fly between them. The area we were in had a lot of dirt, would be nice if grass was planted there, too. Beautiful views, abundant seating, and easy parking.
I have always loved the Waterfront park. Festivals happen here, as do fireworks. There is always something going on. Also a great place to have a picnic, take a walk, sleep on a bench. Whatever floats your boat.
Nice place to look at the river and see the city. It is especially beautiful at night. It's a relaxing place to walk, ride your bicycle or rent a scooter, or to just sit in the grass and chill. There are often events here. It can be a little dirty at times, as people seem to litter all over.