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Forest Park Neighborhood Guide

Forest Park is located in northwest Portland and is bordered by the Northwest Heights, Nob Hill and Linnton neighborhoods. Forest Park is an urban neighborhood and is on the border of downtown Portland which means a quick five to ten minute commute into downtown proper in most traffic conditions.


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Features of Forest Park Neighborhood

The Forest Park neighborhood lies adjacent to our famous and beloved Forest Park, and on the southern end actually incorporates it into the neighborhood boundary. On a map it appears to suggest a covetousness, which would be understandable; who wouldn't want such a vast and beautiful woodland for his or her very own? Its proximity to the park and the fact that its residents' homes seem nearly always to peek at passers-by from the surrounding veil of trees lends it a rustic quality. If you'd never traveled the Portland area, you wouldn't suspect that the city was only minutes away.

Forest Park by John K.
Forest Park by John K.


People don't visit this neighborhood to shop, they come here to see, to walk, to pedal. The Audubon Society of Portland, near the southern boundary of the neighborhood, is of particular interest to the area's bird enthusiasts, who visit the society's Audubon House and then hike the trails to the Nature Sanctuary. Many residents of the Portland area head to Quail Creek Ranch at Christmastime, to select their trees for the holiday.

Audubon Society of Portland photo by Michael Barton
Audubon Society of Portland - Photos by Michael Barton
Audubon Sanctuary photo by Michael Barton


At the end of a good hike or ride, some like to rest and have a burger, pint, and a nosh at Skyline Tavern, which provides outdoor seating and great views of the Tualatin Valley.

Forest Park is not only a defined Portland neighborhood, but an urban city park as well. The park itself is truly a slice of lush green heaven. 5,155.75 acres sit smack dab in the middle of Portland. Popular for its many foot and bike trails, equestrian trails and intoxicating natural beauty, the park is a destination spot for many locals looking to relax, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Residents can walk or bike to close-by northwest neighborhoods and downtown Portland.  Forest Park neighbors many major Portland attractions such as the Oregon Zoo, the Forestry Center, the Children's Museum, the Japanese Gardens, the Rose Gardens, the Vietnam and Holocaust Memorials. 

Down the hill, you'll find the Bethany shopping plaza for dining and shopping options. Just a little further on, you'll find the hip and popular Nob Hill neighborhood.  The close proximity to downtown and other popular neighborhoods makes Forest Park a highly coveted area. Live in the forest and be minutes from the city-- sounds pretty good, huh?  Nob Hill is equipped with all the urban amenities one could ever wish for-- great restaurants, shops, food markets, tons of coffee shops-- you name it, Nob Hill has it.

Washington Park photo by Rachel Carlson

Washington Park - Photo by Rachel Carlson


Neighborhood and Area Parks

Forest Park  - One of the most beautiful parks in the country, Forest Park offers miles of hiking trails through lush green woodland. This park truly personifies the Pacific Northwest. Starting at NW 29th Ave and Upshur and spanning all the way to Newberry Road, Forest Park sits smack dab in the middle of Portland, literally neighboring downtown Portland. Enjoy hours of foot, bike and equestrian trails all while relaxing in the intoxicating natural beauty. Forest Park is dog friendly- your four-legged friends will love it here!

Washington Park - Playground, soccer field, lighted tennis courts, hiking, wedding site

Portland Heights Park - Basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, playground, soccer and softball fields

Macleay Park - Hiking trails

Holman Property - Natural area

Marquam Nature Park - Hiking

Hillside Park - Basketball court, soccer field and tennis courts

Washington Park - Playground, soccer field, lighted tennis courts, hiking, wedding site

Hoyt Arboretum - Hiking and picnic site

Portland Japanese Garden - Stunning authentic Japanese garden

Washington Park- International Rose Test Garden

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Oregon Holocaust Memorial

Hillside Community Center

Portland Japanese Garden photo by Faith Smith
Portland Japanese Garden - Photo by Faith Smith


Neighborhood Schools

Skyline Elementary School

Forest Park Elementary School

West Sylvan Middle School

Lincoln High School



Community Resources

Multnomah County Library - Northwest Portland

Forest Park Day Care

Neighborhood Schools

Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)

Neighborhood Public Transit - bus routes, train stops, etc.

Forest Park Neighborhood Association


Upcoming Neighborhood Events

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Forest Park Neighborhood Vibe

Community focused. An appreciation for the natural beauty and scenery that the Pacific Northwest Portland neighborhoods have to offer. A good mix of young folks, singletons, and established families. More well-to-do than not. A little yuppy, a little hippy, image and health conscious, dog walkers, joggers, bicyclists are Forest Park staples.

Forest Park / Linnton

Car-Dependent

Walk Score®

12

out of 100



Stats

Forest Park Zip Code 97229

Local Crime Stats

Census

Average Commute Times to Downtown Portland: 

By car, about 10 miles, 20-30 minutes depending on time of day and traffic conditions. 

By bus, 38-51 minutes. 

By bike, (part of this trip is less than ideal due to few bike lanes, narrow/steep or twisting roads with auto traffic), 1.5 hours.

What's Nearby?

Closest Grocery Store: QFC at Bethany, 2.4 miles

Closest Gas Station, ARCO, 1.6 miles

Closest Coffee Shop:  Starbucks at Bethany, 2.4 miles

Closest Brewpub: Golden Valley Brewery at Bethany, 4 miles, or head over river to McMenamins St. Johns

Closest Restaurants: 2.3 miles; head to Bethany, or over the river to St. Johns

Closest Movie Theater: Over the river, St.Johns Theater, 2.9 miles

Closest Day Care: Little Green Apple Daycare, 1.7 miles

Closest Library: Cedar Mill Community Library at Bethany, 2.3 miles, or head over river to St. Johns Library, 3 miles

Closest Dog Park: Try Wallace Dog Park, 6.3 miles, or head over river to Chimney Park, 3 miles

Closest Gym: Curves, 2.3 miles, or head over the river to St Johns, West Coast Fitness 3.3 miles

Closest Hospital: Providence, 2.3 miles

All distances are approximate and should be used as a general reference only.


Forest Park Real Estate

The neighborhood consists of mostly older style Portland homes. Homes run the gamut of 20th century architecture, from classic Bungalow, to Old Portland, to Cape Cod, Four Square and more. There is also a smattering of apartments and condos in the area.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.


Forest Park Rentals

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Neighborhood Links

Zip Code 97229

Forest Park On-line Community

Forest Park Schools:

Skyline Elementary School

Forest Park Elementary School

West Sylvan Middle School

Lincoln High School

Portland Public School Boundaries

Local Crime Stats

Census

Local Google Map

Neighborhood Boundary Map

Portland International Airport

Portland Police Bureau

Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

TriMet - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar


Maps - View Neighborhoods and Boundaries

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