During the reconstruction of the downtown Milwaukie transit center and streets, a sculpture garden was installed on what was previously simple grass beside city hall. The plus side is they don't have to mow this, and this has mostly native plants from the region.
Short gravel pathways lead through the garden, which is exceptionally small, and really not worth making a special trip to see, unless you happen to be in the area anyway.
Also sprouting from the various rocks are the sculptures. Some are kinetic of various types, others are stationary, some of the sculptures need to be pushed to move, while others will move slightly in the wind, but all are definitely more artwork than was here previously. If you don't know if it moves or not, try touching it or pushing on it. You may find yourself surprised by what moves. However, I will warn you that you will want to stay away from the big spinning wheel sculpture, as it can get going quite fast if you push it hard enough, and really it is designed to turn slightly in the wind rather than have someone push it.
Those things that are meant to be pushed, are within pushing distance of the average visitor.
At night, small spot lights illuminate parts of the sculpture garden.
The web site below is from a non-city affiliated arts group that promotes the arts in and around Milwaukie, Oregon. The sculpture garden was completed in October of 2010. However, access to the garden did not happen for some time afterward as the sidewalks completely surrounding the garden had been torn up and were being replaced.
How to Get Here
The sculpture garden is located on the corner of Jackson and Main. To get here if you are driving, take any of the downtown Milwaukie traffic lights from highway 99E east one block to Main Street. The transit service is served by many bus routes, including #33 and #99 from downtown Portland.
- Arts and Culture
Just north of the Ledding Library in downtown Milwaukie, you will find a small park that is pretty much unknown except to those who frequently visit downtown Milwaukie and its library.
Due to two nearby ponds the park is very popular with an assortment of ducks as well as Canada geese.
Don't pay any attention to photo #3, as you are not suppoed to feed the ducks and geese!
A very small outdoor ampitheatre is on the far east side of the park. This little spot is a location of outdoor concerts sponsored by the city of Milwaukie during the summer months.
There are several benches scattered through the park, but for obvious reasons you will be completely surrounded by ducks and geese should you decide to sit on one of them: they are absolutely spoiled due to being feed by those who do visit the park, and expect and demand food from anyone who does sit down.
There is also a sun dial, an arbor, and an extensive (for this little park!) shaded area.
Head to library parking lot (either walking or driving) and keep going north. The park is on the north and east sides of this parking lot.
- Family Travel
This cemetary is difficult to find, has only one parking spot, and is very difficult to get your car out of once you have gotten it into it.
This cemetary got it start in 1850, but didn't become public property until 1869.
Quite a number of early families have at least a few of their members here, and it was where some of the families known in the hitosry of Oregon and the Portland area are buried.
Some of the stones are quite weathered, while others appear to be quite recent. One of the historic stones has been removed and placed in the Milwaukie museum.
As can be expected, after over 150 years of settling, some of the stones have fallen over, and others are leaning at odd angles.
A small number of dedicated volunteers are responsible for keeping the cemetary looking good for visitors.
The single parking place is located off of SE 17th Avenue just north of the intersection with Milport Road and Waverly Drive. Bus route #70 has stops at Milport Road.
- Historical Travel
The Milwaukie Heritage Museaum is a tiny little-known establishment on Railroad Avenue, on the corner of 32nd Street about two blocks North of Highway 224 in Milwaukie.
Open Saturday through Friday, it has an amazing assortment of Pioneer artifacts and is a great source of interesting history particularly of individuals who helped settle the community.
It is operated by the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation Department.