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Located on the block bound by NW Northrup, NW Marshall, NW 10th and NW11th Avenues, this single square block serves as a city park for the new high density housing that has been built here in the last few years. The park is created with some recycled material. For example, the wall along the east side of the park was created with old railroad rail, most of which was probably pulled up out of the railroad yard and industrial area that once dominated this part of town. Much of this area was originally paved with cobblestones, and in fact a few of those streets were not repaved until the entire area was redeveloped in the late 1990s and early 2000s. A few of the cobblestones were used to create pathways in the park.
The park features a sloped grass area with a few benches, small trees, and picnic tables. The east side of the park is a semi-wild wetlands in order to try to preserve some sense of the extensive marshland that once occupied most of what is now northwest Portland.
A fairly modern sculpture called "Tanner Springs Park Rainwater Pavillion" is located in the northeast corner of the park.
Parking has always been a severe problem in all of Northwest Portland, and the redevelopment of the area with high density housing hasn't solved any of that trouble. I would suggest taking the Portland streetcar on 10th and 11th avenues, as that is the public transit that is closest to the park. There are a number of bus routes nearby, including bus service and MAX train service on NW 5th and 6th Avenues at the Greyhound bus station.
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