University Park Nightlife
Twilight Room ( or "the T-Room" ): Neighborhood Drinking Spot
The "T-Room" is the closest bar to the University of Portland, and thus for those students who are of drinking age this is a popular place to hang out. The "signing of the ceiling" was at one time a popular tradition in the establishment, in which the departing seniors would sign the ceiling of the establishment. My understanding is that this tradition stopped for various reasons in the mid 1990s.
The food is OK, but generally is of the standard order bar type quality. There are a number of beers and other beverages available, of course.
It isn't the best of places in the region, but it is what people do at night in this neighborhood, and reasonably good compared to certain other establishments in the surrounding area.
Dress Code: As a general rule, clothes of some sort are required. (Though there are times I wonder if even that is ignored.)
University Park Off The Beaten Path
University of Portland Campus
Located on a bluff overlooking the old Portland Shipyard (today privately owned by the Portland General company), the Willamette River, and Forest Park, the University of Portland campus is an attractive location. The grounds are well maintained and have a number of attractive plants, in addition to the very good location. Unfortunately, most of the students never get to see the campus at its most attractive late spring and summer peak.
Wandering around campus you will find a number of odd artworks, ranging from the most modern abstract to the subtle and not so subtle.
Among the various artworks on the campus include the Lewis and Clark and York monument on the far south side of the campus, and the nearby Chapel of Christ the Teacher has quite a number of art efforts inside.
However, smaller works are scattered around the campus as well, as seen in the above statue of Christ teaching a group seen outside one of the newer buildings on campus.
Inside the engineering building, there are a few scattered artworks on the walls but there are also class, team, and individual projects that have made it into the display cases along some of the walls (see photo 2). A few of these may be of interest as well. The lounge on the second floor is an impressive place to watch the sun setting over Forest Park.
Over in Buckley Center, near the center of the main part of campus, there are similar display cases for student artworks, and on the west end of the ground floor it is possible to find a small art gallery where other student works are frequently on display.
Various events happen on campus that are of interest outside the University of Portland community, including performances of various types, speakers from various areas of expertise, and sporting events (the University of Portland is particularly well known for women's soccer).
The events calender is somewhat limited in scope in the summer months, but there is usually at least one summer performance at the Mago Hunt Center for the Performing Arts that is marketed to the broader community. The performances are generally the last two weekends of June.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
Columbia Park Annex
Newer and across the street from Columbia Park, this little park is filled with sports facilities, mostly ball fields. The north edge features a small horseshoe throwing pitch. The south side of the park is against Willamette Blvd, and features a reasonably nice view of Portland, as there are many great views along Willamette Blvd.Related to:
- Family Travel
Columbia Park was one of the first parks planned in this district of Portland, and the huge trees are a testament to the age. The date on the plates at the front entrance to the park read 1891, and at that time the only real significant institution of any sort in this area was Portland University, which had just been founded.
There is a paved jogging and walking trail completely surrounding the park, plus open sports fields areas, covered and uncovered picnic areas, a fairly nice playground area, and lots of shade.
North Winchell, Lombard and Russet streets, and North Woolsey and Chautauqua Avenues form the border of the park.
On the other side of Lombard there is also Columbia Park Annex, which serves as an extension to the park but due to it being on the other side of an extremely busy street is really functionally more of a separate park, both in separate name and in functionality.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Travel with Pets