Tanner Springs Park
Tanner Springs Park
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Pearl
How to get there
  • Union Station • 6 min walk

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Lfhhi
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We happened to be staying in the Pearl District of Portland so were looking for places to walk to and explore the city. We came to Tanner Springs and were delighted to see this hidden gem. At street level, it looks a little like an overgrown lot, but come in and walk through and you will see the water feature from the ‘top’ that trickle into a lovely pond. We walked down towards the pond and admired the lovely water lilies in colors of yellow, pale pink and darker pink. A little duck in the water also entertained us. Benches allow you to just sit and enjoy the garden.
Written 11 July 2023
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MenciusSchmencius
Portland, OR39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
So many parks are anti-nature. If there's grass, it has to be cut. If there's weeds, they have to be pulled. If there's trees, they have to be pruned. If there's the slightest bit of organic matter. it has to be bagged and trucked to the dump. And if someone's lazy, chemicals need to be used to kill the undesirable. I once was walking in the woods when I heard a horrible sound usually encountered in suburbia. It was being made by a leaf blower. Someone was blowing the leaves off the trail, in the middle of a nature park! Why? TRADITION. And if a parks person wants to be nice to nature, there's always some one to complain about the resulting messiness.

So it's a big relief to find a park where the attitude seems to be pro-nature. Tanner Springs Park started out scraggly, like a trailer park on the edge of town. The plants were stringy and forlorn. Bare spots of clay and sand vied with the vegetation. Plastic and paper debris waved from the branches and did ballet in the pond. Years later, the park has grown up to be a beautiful swan. The native plants stand proud, shoulder to shoulder, shading the soil and little creeks. There's not a bit of plastic or paper to be found. The natural area is truly natural. The unnatural areas of cobblestone and lawn balance the natural area and don't dominate it. Anyone getting the message? Judging by the number of people just relaxing and watching the butterflies, birds, and fish, the word is getting out. Just leave nature alone!

Written 5 July 2019
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lmstrad83
Cleveland, OH523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Such a unique park in the middle of the Pearl. In an attempt to help clean up waste water from the city streets and add green space this small park came about. Native flowers bloom through out with a small boardwalk and pond. Zen area in a busy city. If I lived here, I would visit all the time.
Written 24 September 2017
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Leilehua
Oahu, HI66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This is a nice park. I like how the designers incorporated the history of the area into the themes of the park, with reedy grasses resembling a marsh, historic rail tracks and flowing water. It is not especially "pretty," but it is unique and interesting. We spent most of our time on the terraced platforms along the rail wall, which is a special highlight of this small park. It's not a "must-see" for tourists, but a nice respite from the busy city.
Written 17 August 2017
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Stephen K
Winter Park, FL5,057 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
This is a quaint park with a terraced area. There are lots of benches above & within this sunken park. There a fish swimming in the water and a wetlands look to it. Come here to read a book, or just relax. Its very small, sitting in a city block area. I believe it was some industrial area they have regenerated into something full of life.
Written 8 June 2017
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tiredandtravelled
Portland, OR1,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
A small park that looks like a hole in the ground from the road. But in the park is a lovely spring with historical information. The spring is self filtering and used to be used in days gone by, but now the fountain mechanism in the spring is self filtering. This is so well thought out and has so many elements that are natural and artistic. A wonderful space.
Written 19 March 2017
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TrvlTheWorld2
Vancouver, WA580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Love this little park we stumbled on during a recent walk in the north side of the Pearl. Informational signs explained what they were doing in capturing run off, diverting into a pond (with a few goldfish in it) and reclaiming some old materials. I especially liked the fence (see pictures) that was made from old, repurposed railroad ties from the early 1900's. This one says Carnegie (Steel) 1910.

There were lots of lily pads in the pond and it was decent sized and went under the walkway. Benches throughout to sit on and enjoy the scenery. Right on the max line and plenty of street parking.

Worth a stop to admire if you are in the area.
Written 25 July 2016
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nwvacationers
Portland, OR878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Tanner Springs Park is a lovely city block to enjoy a little bit of Oregon's natural landscape. It was developed as part of the growth of the Pearl District as a water retention area. The kids love to go visit the fish and ducks in the pond, and every once in a while there is a beautiful blue Heron that fishes in the park. Please read the interesting history of the park in one of the photos I posted. A wonderful place to get some peace and quiet and enjoy the sunshine. Bring a book or craft project and soak up the fresh air.
Written 15 June 2015
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SnooksintheDesert
Phoenix, AZ562 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Nice place to sit with a latte and just watch people go by... This is an interesting park in the Pearl with a marsh area, fence made of Railroad materials, just kinda funky...
Written 16 August 2014
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pmjnmj
Los Angeles, CA76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Tanner Springs Park is a nice little spot in the Pearl District of NW Portland. There isn't any play equipment, but there are benches and tables. The day we were there, a mother duck and her little ones were swimming around the marsh. This is not a large park - about 1-2 city blocks - some grass, and water make it a nice spot of green in the midst of concrete and glass.

It also appears to be a hotspot for photographers - with a variety of textures, we watched several come to the area to take photos, a bridal party, and a newly engaged couple to name a few.
Written 18 July 2014
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