Sellwood Riverfront Park
The nearby Willamette River section of the Springwater Trail is a very popular place for bicycle riding. However, many of them go blasting right past this little park without ever stopping to enjoy it. For commuters that are in a big rush that isn't a problem, but for those unfamiliar with the area, it is good to know this park is here: this is the only public bathroom and drinking fountain facility along the trail between the Hawthorne Bridge and the Johnson Creek Blvd. trailhead.
It is also a useful parking area for those who wish to drive this far and then ride their bikes into downtown or otherwise use the Springwater Trail. Most of the other parking areas along this bike trail are quite small compared to what is available here.
The park also features several picnic tables overlooking the river, a public dock for those wishing to stop their boats here and come ashore for whatever reason, a large grass area that is a designated off-leash pet area, and a small wilderness wetlands area.
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Share-It Square - First Community Intersection
Several Portland neighborhoods now feature artfully decorated street intersections.
Share-It Square was the first, and it didn't come without a fight.
This intersection is in a hidden, low traffic area of the Sellwood neighborhood on SE 9th and Sherrett (pronounced "Share-It"). Facilities were constructed near the sidewalk: a public children's play house, a public "T Station", a book sharing cabinet, a writing board for sharing thoughts with the neighborhood, and some public benches.
Rounding out the intersection are colorful street decorations and ribbons tied to various objects.
This was too eccentric for the city government, who felt that this interfered with the public right of way and wanted all of the city blocks to look the same. After a fight with the city, and passive resistance on the part of those told to demolish it, the square survives.
Indeed, it led to a special permit system in place for those who want to add similar spaces to their neighborhood intersections anywhere in the city of Portland.
If you want to give things away free of charge, why should you have to go all the way to the store to give them away?
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Portland Mausoleum Murals over Oaks Bottom
Oaks Bottom is a city owned park that has been set aside as a wildlife refuge, and the wetlands here attracts a number of birds, including great blue heron, an assortment of ducks (which change with the season and migration patterns) and the occasional bald eagle.
Many years ago, the Portland Memorial Funeral Home and Mausoleum that overlooks this refuge decided to add to the spirit of their location and painted a large mural of a great blue heron on the side of their building.
In late 2008 and early 2009, much of the rest of the building has now been painted with various other wildlife, eventually covering much of the utilitarian building.
Last of all, in June of 2009, the faded Great Blue Heron mural has now been repainted, and now stands as proud as it once did, next to its companion murals.
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Located on land that was once the city of Portland's first municipal airport, the park contains a number of popular attractions. It is a common place for a number of birds to winter (Canada geese and a few widgeons or other water birds like the pond here). There is also a playground, and several sports fields that are very popular with local sports clubs (mostly soccer and baseball, but the Portland lawn bowling association is here as well).
One large feature of the park is the casting pond. This is supposed to be a place for fishermen to practice their aim and throw with their fishing line and lures. However, the pond seems to be reguarly emptied. The casting pond has also been the home of the Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Races, during those years that they were held.
The park is located south of Bybee, north of Tacoma, west of highway 99E and east of 21st Avenue.
Oaks Pioneer Church - historic building
Having been constructed in 1851, this little church is one of the last remaining buldings in Portland from the early days of the region. It began life in Milwaukie, was moved several times, and finally ended up in Sellwood to begin a new life, and it is now one of the most popular places in Portland to have a wedding.
The structure is not large, and a number of the historic features inside were actually donated by the community after a large number of people donated money to save it from demolition in 1961. A more extensive history is located on the church web site, below.
The church sits on city park land, but is operated by the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League.
This photo shows the church at sunset on February 13, 2009.
Address: 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
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Llewellyn Elementary School Student Art Fence
Several years ago, students at Llewellyn Elementary School in Sellwood created various works of art to decorate the fence at their school. This resulted in the eccentric fence along SE 14th seen in the photos here.
The fence is located on the west side of 14th Avenue and runs from about halfway between Tolman Street and Henry Street to the intersection with Duke Street.
It is a creative way of creating some color in an otherwise rather drab school grounds.
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Bald Eagles at Oaks Bottom
There are several Bald Eagles that are regular visitors at Oaks Bottom. While they follow migrating fish and therefore they may not be in the area all the time, it does pay to keep your eyes open and check the area regularly.
The trees along the steep slope on the east side of the wetlands are a favorite location. Try looking in the trees along SE Sellwood Blvd. along the hill, and the more dense the vegetation the more likely you are to find them.
They also really like the trees on Ross Island, on the other side of the channel from the bike path along the river.
They also like the trees near the bike path itself, but finding them means really looking hard in the tops of the trees.
Photo 1 Shows a Bald Eagle in a Tree along Sellwood Blvd.
Photo 2 shows the same eagle, only zoomed out. This is what you would see from street level, and it is easy to see why people walk by these eagles all the time and not actually "see" them.