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Piedmont Neighborhood

The boundaries of the Piedmont Neighborhood are:

  • Columbia Blvd. to the North
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. to the East
  • Ainsworth St. to the South
  • Interstate-5 to the west
  • It is surrounded by to Humboldt, Alberta, Arbor Lodge, Boise-Eliot and Kenton

Piedmont was established in 1889 and called The Emerald, Portland 's Evergreen Suburb- and means foot of the mountain. I don't know what mountain that would be! But it's a cool name. In it's early beginnings, the Portland Streetcar ran through it and there are alot of cool old PDX, Bungalows, Craftsman, Victorian, Four-Square homes that were built with gorgeous craftsmanship- so it must have been something in it's youth! It kind of died out and fell apart when the streetcar quit coming around- in the mid 1900's- and it kept going downhill until just recently. It is like it's coming full circle by having the Max come through-it has breathed new life into it!. All the cool old historic homes are being restored, shops, cafes and restaurants are coming in- ther is a New Seasons and a new Fred Meyer- There are lots of streets lined with the old growth trees- plus the parks have lots of beautiful old trees.

Peninsula Park is incredible! It is on the South border of the neighborhood. It has one of the oldest rose garden in the NW and a gorgeous fountain. The rose gardens were a big hit when they were finished in 1913, drawing 300,000 visitors in their first year. It has a great pool for swimming, basketball courts, soccer field, paths for walking and a beautiful Italian style community center. It was built in 1913 and was the first community center in the Portland park system. It has a neat history. You can read about it at this link at Portland Parks and Recreation.

Rosemont Commons is a Historic place that was renovated from the former Villa St. Rose Convent, to a 100 unit low income senior rental housing faculty. It is beautiful and was designed by renowned Portland Architect, Joseph Jaccoberger in 1917. It is on 7.7 acres and is a Georgian style, and it is now being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Portland Devolopment Commission has bought Rosemont and is turning it into an urban village for all ages, and incomes. Besides the Commons, there are 18 family rental town homes; 10 Habitat for Humanity homes; six Home Ownership a Street at a Time (HOST) homes, and 10 market-rate houses.

Piedmont has lots of older style homes including Old Portland, Bungalows, Cape Cod , English Tudor. There are some vintage condo conversions also. You will see amazing old growth trees that line the streets. If you want the turn of the century home with lots of character and love walking and bicycling to the park, New Seasons, and neighborhood owned coffee shops, you will love Piedmont .

Piedmont Neighborhood Association

Peninsula Park is a good example of a formally designed neighborhood park, typical of the early 1900s. It includes the city's first public rose garden and first community center, an historically designated bandstand, and Portland's second oldest playground.

Farragut Park Includes basketball court - outdoor, disabled access play area, disabled access restroom, paths - paved, picnic tables, playground, softball field, and wading pool or water play feature.
Penninsula Park Community Center and Pool Built in 1913, this Italian-villa style facility was the first community center in the Portland park system. Its original floor plan was perfectly symmetrical, consisting of two pools and two gyms - one for men, the other for women. Such separate-but-equal social attitudes were also reflected in the entryway murals: young men featured in the area leading to the men's side, and young women on the women's side!

The Peninsula Pool was built in order to fill the need created by the closure of the bath houses that had been in use on the Willamette River. These structures were closed due to increasing pollution in the Willamette. As popular as the pool is with people, it also has a history of being enjoyed by Humboldt penguins. In 1957, when the penguins were scheduled to make their debut at the Washington Park Zoo, the zoo's penguin facilities were not yet finished, so the Peninsula Park Pool was used as a holding area until their own space was ready. Although the penguins weren't the noisiest swimmers Peninsula has ever seen, they are the only ones who have swum there in formal attire!

Public Schools Applegate Elementary , Ockley Green Middle School , and Jefferson High School .
School Report Cards You can see how these schools are rated by going to Portland Report Cards

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