Northwest Portland is home to several parks and areas dedicated to providing residents with space to exercise outdoors. Most of the space for hikers is found on the west end of the area in Hillside, where there is the massive Forest Park and a few others that are easily reached by vehicle, bicycle, public transit or simply walking.
Hillside Park is home to the Hillside communities Center, a building with a rich history of communities ties; the former site of the Catlin Gable School (which has since relocated and is still open today), this building was scheduled for sale in hopes of attracting a condo developer until a dozen Hillside families raised funds—many by taking out second mortgages on their homes—that were used to purchase the building and turn it over to the City of Portland for use as a public park. Extraneous buildings in the area not used for the communities center have been removed, creating more than four acres of grassy park land, tennis courts and basketball courts.
The Hillside communities Center hosts plenty of family-friendly activities and classes that residents in the neighborhood will enjoy having within walking distance. Hillside Park has outdoor tennis courts, hiking and picnic areas, and outdoor basketball courts; the Hillside communities Center provides indoor basketball courts, a party room that may be reserved and a rock climbing wall.
The proximity between Hillside communities Center and Northwest 23rd Avenue makes it a great destination during a family day that includes shopping or hiking through Hillside. Dogs are allowed in Hillside Park on leashes, though only service animals are allowed into Hillside communities Center. Whether planning a party or just visiting with the kids, this is a great destination for residents in the area or nearby.
Hillside Park is served by TriMet Bus Line 18, with stops near several unpaved paths toward the main park area from Northwest Cumberland Road to the north and Northwest Macleay Boulevard to the south, with the Hillside communities Center a short walk from its stops. There is also ample parking at the Hillside communities Center and in the surrounding neighborhood.