Cathedral Park

Location -
, Portland, OR
Neighborhood - N Portland

Categories - See and Do, Parks/Gardens

The site which now bears the name Cathedral Park is steeped in history. It is believed to be one of the 14 Lewis and Clark landing sites in the Vancouver-Portland area: William Clark and eight men stayed there on April 2, 1806. This spot had been a fishing and seasonal living site for many area Native American tribes. In 1847, the founder of St Johns, James John, settled on the site and operated a ferry to Linnton across the Willamette River. In 1931, the St Johns Bridge was built on the site with 400-ft towers and a main span of 1,207 feet. It is the only steel suspension bridge in Portland. Dedicated in 1980, the park gets its name from a photo of the St Johns Bridge by Al Monner that appeared on the front page of the Oregon Journal in 1968. Reference was made to its beautiful cathedral-like arches and the park found its name. Cathedral Park includes a boat ramp & canoe launch, a dog off-leash area, paved paths, picnic tables, a stage, and areas along the river to fish. The park is a trailhead for the 40-Mile Loop Trail.