Sellwood Park is in southeast Portland in the charming neighborhood of Sellwood. It’s one of Portland’s most beautiful parks, sitting on a bluff-top overlooking downtown Portland and the Willamette River.
Sellwood Park has lots of amenities including sport fields, picnic tables, a playground, seasonal swimming pool, and a trail through a majestic grove of trees.
After visiting Sellwood Park, you can enjoy lunch a few blocks away along 13th Avenue in Sellwood. The Sellwood Riverfront Park is also just down the hill from Sellwood Park, on the other side of Oaks Park Way.
History: The history of Sellwood Park dates back to the late 1800’s, when this land was the site of the popular City View Race Track. Portlanders would gather at this exciting race track each weekend to watch horse races, cricket and baseball games. In 1909 the land was acquired by the city of Portland, and became a 13-acre public park.
5 best things to do at Sellwood Park
1. Sellwood Pool
The oval shaped Sellwood Pool is on the southeast corner of Sellwood Park, and is a seasonal, outdoor pool with spray fountains and a tube slide. The pool’s depth ranges from zero entry to 7-feet.
Sellwood Pool is the oldest pool in Portland, and has been in operation since 1910. Prior to its opening, Portlanders would use a floating pool on the Willamette River. In 1929 a bathhouse was constructed adjacent to Sellwood Pool, and remains there today.
Purchase tickets to the pool.
2. Forested trails
Follow the bluff-top walking trail at Sellwood Park through a picturesque, forested area. You can also follow the trail down to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
3. Picnic areas
Take advantage of the many picnic tables at Sellwood Park under the shade of the majestic trees, or grab a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the expansive lawns.
4. Sellwood Park Playground
Kids will love the fabulous playground on the south end of Sellwood Park, near the pool. The playground is nestled amongst a shaded forest, providing an enchanting setting.
5. Sports Courts and fields
Play on the pickle-ball courts or basketball courts at Sellwood Park. There’s also a baseball field near the parking lot.