Portsmouth Neighborhood is in North Portland peninsula. It’s crowning jewel is the huge forested Columbia Park which is 35 acres of forest, grass and trails, with Columbia Cottage serving as a field house, dance hall, and National Guard command center. In 1989, when the city wanted to build a parking lot for Columbia Pool, the neighborhood banded together and saved the magical cottage. Its boundaries are the railroad cut on the west, Lombard on the south, Chautauqua on the east and Columbia Boulevard on the north. South of Lombard the houses and neighborhoods are pretty high class.As you get farther and farther north towards Columbia Blvd and the Columbia River the area is more in transition- there are a lot of cute little bungalows mixed with small ranches and the newer skinny houses! They have even put in some mixed neighborhoods like New Columbia which is a mixture of low income housing condos townhouses and single family homes.
A lot of young couples and families live here, and while it’s still at the beginning of its transition and there are still some rough areas, as with most urban areas of Portland, it is up-and-coming, houses are being fixed up and price are increasing. There is a lot of diversity here, with many immigrants from a wide range of places. There are also a lot of children living in Portsmouth, and lots of parks in and near the neighborhood. There aren’t very many stores in Portsmouth itself, though nearby neighborhoods offer all the things you need! And really they aren’t that far away!
The railroad runs along the western edge of Portsmouth, and areas near there tend to feel a little rougher. Other parts of Portsmouth have cute gardens and remodeled homes that are well kept up. When you head up north, there are more rentals, or in New Columbia. This has historically been a lower income neighborhood, so there are none of the gorgeous old historic homes like some of the other neighborhoods have, but it is getting better!
This neighborhood is so far north it is almost up to the Smith and Bybee Lake Natural areas which is the largest natural wetlands found in any city! Home to beaver river otter black-tailed deer osprey bald eagles and Western painted turtles this 2 000-acre natural area offers accessible wildlife watching a canoe launch and more. The reason I am including all this in the Portsmouth neighborhood is that it is just across Columbia Blvd and is such an awesome place! It makes this area special!
It is very close to University Park which is very nice, and not far from Kenton, so pretty close to the shops and restaurants there.
They now have a New Seasons Market that is walkable from Portsmouth.
Another thing I love about this neighborhood is that Columbia Park is right in the neighborhood. It isn’t by the Max so it isn’t really hot. And it’s pretty far from the St John’s Bridge- so it’s kind of hard to get other places quickly. They are really working hard to fix up Portsmouth Neighborhood. You see new shops and restaurants going in every month!
Parks in Portsmouth Neighborhood
- Columbia Park is huge and even has an indoor pool- There are 35 acres set up in 1891-Includes baseball field disabled access picnic area disabled access restroom paths – paved picnic site – reservable picnic tables playground soccer field softball field tennis court – lighted volleyball court and water play feature.
- Columbia Indoor Pool is Indoor 25-yard swimming pool heated to 86 degrees. Water depths range from 1.5 feet to 8 feet.
- There are also several other small parks- Trenton Park
- There is even a Community Garden- Portsmouth Community Garden at Courtney and Hunt
- The Charles Jordan Community Center has a basketball court – indoor community center computer lab fitness room gymnasium meeting room – reservable party room – reservable rock climbing wall stage – indoor statue or public art and weight room
- McCoy Community Garden
- McCoy Park Basketball courts, playground, water play feature.
- Northgate Park Baseball field, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court and water play feature.
- University Park Picnic tables, playground, soccer field and softball field.
- Portsmouth Park Soccer and softball fields.
- McKenna Park Basketball court, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field.
- Smith and Bybee Lake Natural areas which is the largest natural wetlands found in any city!
Eats and Sips
They are really working hard to fix up Portsmouth Neighborhood. You see new shops and restaurants going in every month!
Other Important Links
The MAX and buses make public transportation really good!
Schools In Portland- people are permitted to send their children to whatever school they want within the Portland School District, as long as there is room. If the school is important to you, it is probably a good idea to check and see which school your neighborhood is assigned to- because it seems logical that the best schools will have a waiting list- and if you live there, you will be at the top! Find your school attendance area or a school site and view the boundary area using School Locator Page for: Portland Public Schools..
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