Washington Park is one of the oldest, best loved and most widely used parks in Portland. It features more than 400 acres of trees, gardens, attractions and playgrounds and 15 miles of trails. Washington Park is home to the Oregon Zoo, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Portland Children’s Museum, the World Forestry Center and the Hoyt Arboretum.
The city purchased the original 40.78 cougar-inhabited acres in 1871 for a high price that concerned people of the town of 8,000 at the time. In the 1900s, sentiment began to change and “City Park” has developed into a collection of gardens, walkways and a zoo, and in 1909 it assumed its current name.