Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

Location -
7040 N.E. 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97218
Neighborhood - Airport

Categories - Parks/Gardens

This nature park is home to two ponds, a 1/2 mile, natural-surface loop trail, an ecoroof-covered gazebo, and a canoe launch into Whitaker Slough. The two ponds are surrounded by a black cottonwood forest which has been enhanced over the past 15 years with thousands of native plants. A wildflower meadow near the entrance on Northeast 47th Avenue supports local pollinators in summertime, and the Lewis & Clark Garden near the gazebo highlights plant communities from the western United States. A sloping ramp leads down to an observation dock on the west pond, from which visitors can see fish, frogs, and water bugs. A second dock into Whitaker Slough is located on the north side of the park, and offers excellent access for canoes and kayaks.