Hayden Island Things to Do
C.W. Parker Carousel
One of the only remains of the old Janzen Beach amusement park is the 1921 C.W. Parker Carousel, now housed in a prime location off the food court in the Janzen Beach Shopping Center. A ride on the carousel costs $2, but if an adult is required to stand with a small child while they are riding on the carousel, then there is no charge for the required adult companion - unless that adult decides halfway through the rider that their presence is not necessary, and they decide to take up space on one of the other carousel animals or benches.
There are some 72 different animals, according to a few web sites. The center of the carousel features various scenes of Oregon.
As can be seen in the photos, the carousel is housed in a wonderful glass solarium, facing west from the shopping center.
The web site below is for the shopping center, which owns and operates the carousel.Related to:
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Hayden Island Off The Beaten Path
Lotus Isle Park
While there isn't much in this tiny park on the southern side of Hayden Island, it is also the only public park on the island right now. The park contains a small playground, benches, a few picnic tables, some open grass, and paved and gravel walkways. There is a very small and steeply sloped beach in the park, but I would not suggest coming here for the beach access. The shape of the steep slope really makes it hard to consider it a usable beach.
The park also serves as an entryway to a houseboat colony complex on the south side of the island, and the walkway between the boat piers and the park is guarded by a locked gate.
While the park is some distance from Interstate 5, the traffic noise from the freeway is still quite loud if the wind is coming from the wrong direction.
The furthest point south in the park allows for a view up river, but there isn't a bench overlooking that area. Also, the shrubs are getting a bit tall to see over them.
Getting There: From the Interstate 5 bridge, head east on N. Tomahawk Island Drive. After passing N. Hayden Bay Drive, the park is approximately two blocks on the right, just before a set of appartment complexes. The nearest bus stop is TriMet bus route #6 at N. Tomahawk Island Drive and N. Jantzen Drive.Related to:
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