Selwood Riverfront Park – Quest.
Sellwood Riverfront Park is open from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily and, according to Portland.gov, includes “an accessible restroom, picnic table, boat dock, river views, off-leash area for dogs,” and paved and unpaved trails. The garden also has multiple benches, and at the water’s edge, some cozy logs provide seating to enjoy the view. The garden is a great way to feel completely disconnected from Reed, while still being close to him. Its open nature combined with the stunning view of the river creates a wonderful and welcoming atmosphere. While walking around may be rejuvenating, sitting or standing just to observe the water and the beautiful plants and buildings that can be seen around the river is a wonderful experience in itself. According to the Outdoor Project website, it’s also a great place to swim, although it’s too cold this time of year for most people. Alternatively, the autumn leaves that can be seen coloring the landscape across the river are a stunning addition.
Located just over two miles from campus, the trip can take about an hour, but the 19 bus takes up some of that time, and in a car, it’s only an eight-minute drive. The park is a great place for some thoughtful reflection, as a moment of quiet tucked away in a larger trip to the pleasant neighborhood of Sellwood, or to the amusement park currently open on weekend evenings. It’s a destination in itself but with stunning views of the Willamette River; The perspective of sitting on the park’s quiet beaches is very different from looking out over one of Portland’s many busy bridges. To learn more about the park, visit its section on the Portland.gov parks website. So, get out and touch the grass at Sellwood Riverfront Park!