Crestwood is a neighborhood in the Southwest section of Portland, Oregon, located between SW 45th Ave. and Barbur Blvd, next to Multnomah and Ashcreek. Woods Memorial Natural Area is located here, with a swath of urban wilderness full of wildlife, and occasionally visited by elk.
Crestwood is only 10 minutes out of downtown Portland, along Highway 99 or Interstate 5 at exit 295, so a very easy commute because you can take 5 when there is no traffic and be in downtown in 5 minutes, or take Barbur into town when 5 is bogged down, and get into town in 10 minutes! I love the proximity to Multnomah Village too! Just a walk or short drive away.
Just across the freeway along Highway 99 are several shops and restaurants as well as Markham school and the Multnomah County Library just up on Capitol Hywy. There are lots of activities and events happening throughout the Crestwood neighborhood each year, many of them centered in the 2 large parks that are in the neighborhoods, Dickinson and Woods Memorial Park. At Dickinson they have movies in the park and the National Night Out party which is held the first Tuesday in August. Woods Memorial Park is a gathering place for the neighborhood as they have been redoing and adding a lot of trails!
Woods Memorial Park is about 36 acres of woods and trails, that are kept up by the Friends of the Woods Memorial Park. About 98% of the landscape is native including oaks, Douglas fir, cedar, willow, red and blue elderberry, Oregon grape, trillium, thimbleberry, and others. This steeply sloped site is part of the Fanno Watershed, containing the headwaters of the two forks of Woods Creek. Although most of the park was logged about one hundred years ago, there are still some historic trees. It offers a natural setting that attracts wildlife in the quiet woods, along the creek, and in the meadow. It was started in 1950. Dickinson Park is 18 acres and sits on a hill above Portland with amazing views to the west. It has a playground and grass lawn plus picnic tables and benches.
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