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bigstock-Woman-Runner-Walking-With-Dog--95899829Northwest 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).

Wallace Park is a 5.39-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 picnic tables, open space for tossing a football or Frisbee, and paths for cycling, jogging and walking. As with most city-maintained parks, Wallace 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.

Wallace Park also features some unique amenities and public art. One is the horseshoe pit, which is first-come, first-serve most of the time but may be reserved by contacting Portland Parks and Recreation at 503.823.2525 or via their website. There are also a basketball court, tennis court, baseball field and soccer field that may be reserved. Nearly a dozen bronze statues are placed throughout the park, in addition to a 30-year-old sculpture named Silver Dawn.

Wallace Park is located at Northwest Raleigh Street and Northwest 25th Avenue, situated across two city blocks in the area with limited street parking available. TriMet Bus Line 77 makes two stops along 25th adjacent to the park, and the Portland Streetcar makes a stop three blocks southwest of the park entrance. Biking and walking up to the park are easy enough, with various paved and unpaved trails entering the park area from its surrounding streets.

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