A Guide To The Fields Park In Portland

A Guide To The Fields Park In Portland

Fields Park is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland. With plenty of seating and lush greenery, The Fields Park is perfect for a morning jog or a relaxing afternoon picnic. If you’re looking to explore more of Portland’s neighborhoods, be sure to check out our guide to Fields Park.

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What is Fields Park?

Fields Park, located in Southeast Portland, is a great place to spend an afternoon. The park has several ponds. A lawn area with various trees and flowers, and several softball fields. The park is also the home of the Portland Timbers MLS team.

History of Fields Park

Fields Park has been popular in the Lloyd District for over 150 years. known as Salmon Grist Mill Pond, the park was name Fields after Olney Fields, one of the founders of Portland. In 1853 Augustus F. Willard and his associates established a sawmill on Salmon Grist Mill Pond. In 1860, Willard laid out 18 acres of Fields Park and built a two-story mill building that still stands today.

The business prospered until 1868, when fire destroyed the mill. In 1870, Augustus F. Willard leased land from James H Burnside and started again with several additions to his original acreage. He had a new mill built that same year and renamed the property Burnside Grist Mill after his landlord. Between 1880-1885 Burnside erected another mill near Salmon Grist Mill Pond on Southwest Milwaukie Avenue that became known as Burnside’s New Mill (now demolished). By 1889 Burnside’s New Mill was producing 5 million board feet of lumber. Making it the largest milled lumber plant in Oregon. In 1947 Burnside’s Old Mill burned down. And he donated all his lands to Portland for use as a park which was dedicate in 1949 as Fields Park following restoration work carried out by volunteers during 1948-49

Amenities at Fields Park include many ponds stocked with bass, bluegill, crappie, and sunfish; an archery range; tennis courts.

Features of Fields Parks

Fields Parks is locate in the heart of Portland, Oregon, and is open to the public year-round. The  features a variety of athletic fields, a playground, walking paths, and a pond.  The park is a great place to relax and exercise.

Directions to Fields Parks

Fields Parks is a recreation area located in the Southwest Portland neighborhood. The park features many recreational amenities. Including baseball fields, tennis courts, and a pond.

The Fields  gateway is at SW 33rd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. To reach the baseball fields from this location. Access SW Burnside Street ( past Davis Street) and follow it to 33rd Avenue. Turn left on 33rd Avenue and follow it to the ballfields. Access Burnside Street from 33rd Avenue for the tennis courts and turn right on Union Street. Turn left on Capitol Highway and follow it to the tennis courts. For the basketball courts. Accessed from Capitol Highway after turning left onto West Burnside Boulevard. Take West Burnside Boulevard to Naito Parkway. where you will turn right onto Naito Parkway Patio/PARKING LOT ONLY sign and then continue straight until you get to the Park entrance on your right-hand side- past Northeast 82nd Avenue Recreation Center

The walking path around Fields Park starts at NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd by Concordia University in downtown Portland Neighborhood: Monument Square Transit Station Bicycle Parking Facility Store Bike Rental And Repair Services Bike Maps And Guide Maps Uber Cab Service(Check Rates Here): Ride-hailing services like UberEATS are popular as well but less frequent than cabs.

Parking in Fields Park

If you’re looking for a great place to  in Portland, Fields Park is the perfect spot. The park has ample parking and is also quite convenient if you’re looking for a quick walk to some of the city’s favorite attractions.

Fields Park is locate north of the Moda Center on NW 19th Avenue. It’s open from dawn to dusk year-round. 

Trail Map of Fields Park

Fields Park in Portland is a large urban park with various recreational activities for the whole family. The trail map below provides detailed directions for accessing the different areas of the park

The vast majority of Fields Park is open to pedestrians. It includes an expansive meadow, a playground, a pond, dozens of oak and maple trees, and many athletic fields for soccer, football, and baseball

 The well-maintained nature walk is mark by ornate brick arches that date back to 1892 when the City of Portland acquired the property. It’s four miles long and passes through several inviting gardens, including an orchid garden, rose garden, herb garden, and butterfly garden.

From downtown Portland, take Interstate 5 south to Exit 188 (Walden). Head east on Walden Avenue for 2 blocks to SW Morrison Street (the first street after getting off I-5). Turn right on Morrison Street and head north for 1 block to Foster Avenue. Turn right on Foster Avenue and head east for 0.5 miles to the park entrance on your left.

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