"Kenilworth Park" Eastmoreland Off The Beaten Path Tip by glabah
Eastmoreland Off The Beaten Path: 5 reviews and 21 photos
While this fairly small park is located just north of the rather busy SE Holgate Blvd, it doesn't suffer from a huge amount of traffic noise. There is noise, but the noise level isn't quite what it is in other parks that are close to such busy streets.
As best as I can tell, the reason for the reduced noise level has to do with the large rhododendron bushes that are along the south side of the park and provide considerable noise dampening. We can only hope that some day other Portland parks have such a noise barrier.
The park has a number of picnic tables that sit in the shade of fairly large fir trees, two playground areas (one of which is shared by the nearby school and therefore isn't always publicly available) and a number of grassy areas, some of which have partial sun. The playground area that isn't part of the school grounds also sits in fairly deep shade from the fir trees.
A small gully runs along the north edge of the park.
The one unique feature of the park is an observation deck on top of what appears to be the old heating plant for the school. This observation deck provides a view (though not a particularly spectacular one) of part of downtown Portland and the neighborhood to the immediate west.
Kenilworth Park also has tennis courts, which are quite popular during some times of the year.
Location: North of SE Holgate, South of SE Cora, between SE 32nd and SE 34the Avenues. It is served by bus route #17 (Holgate) and bus route #9 (Powell) is only several blocks north. To drive, take the Holgate exit off of Highway 99E and head east to the park.
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