Hood River Waterfront Park

This waterfront part has very special significance to the local community. Since 1992, the locals have been planning and hoping for a park at the waterfront on this site. In 2006 the Port of Hood River donated the site to the City of Hood River for that purpose. A combination of citizens groups and public and private agencies have joined in on the project to create the wonderful $3.2 million park, phase one of which is completed and includes a children’s play area, a wonderful family swim beach, a water sports launch, viewing platforms, walking paths, picnic areas and a great lawn for open play.

This was formerly a degraded industrial site with a rip-rap bank to the river, and a dumping ground of sorts. The goal of creating the park was to provide riparian restoration for native salmon habitat and plant native plants to provide river shade. The entire park encourages sustainability with all native plants, a solar-powered restroom and drought-tolerant grass. The children’s play area hosts a native plant garden surrounded by musical instruments for children to play. The concept of the play area is to encourage natural outdoor play for children. You will see native rocks, logs and natural elements incorporated in the park to encourage climbing, jumping and imaginative play.

  • ADA accessible
  • Interpretive signage
  • Visitor center nearby

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