Northwest Portland has several parks for the outdoor-minded family. These spaces, maintained by the City of Portland and which are kept secure for children of all ages with parental or caregiver supervision, include a wide array of sport courts, picnic areas and large, sprawling grassland where kids may run wild. Pets are also welcome to these parks, and some include off-leash areas (please refer to the PDX Northwest Dog Day Destination section for information on such areas in Northwest Portland).
Couch Park is a 2.39-acre area in the Northwest District where the whole family will find something that appeals to their interest. The park has all the usual attractions such as disabled-accessible restrooms, open space for tossing a football or Frisbee, and paths for cycling, jogging and walking. As with most city-maintained parks, Couch Park is open from 5 a.m. until midnight, and there are occasionally maintenance and cleanup crews working during regular hours to keep the area clean and safe for the whole family.
Couch Park also features a basketball court and playground, both of which are first-come, first-serve. There are various wooden and steel artworks adorning the park, and each has an informational plaque describing its individual history.
Couch Park is located at Northwest Glisan Street and Northwest 19th Avenue, situated across an entire city block and extending into a nearby residential area with limited street parking available. TriMet Bus Line 17 makes a stop at the intersection above, and the Portland Streetcar makes a stop four blocks north on Northwest Lovejoy Street. Biking and walking up to the park are easy enough, with various paved and unpaved trails entering the park area from its surrounding streets.