We’ve been fortunate with some really great days of sunshine and warmth lately, so it was definitely time to get out of the house. The dogs were itching to get out as well, so we opted to head to a local park that a friend of ours recommended – Cathedral Park. The highlight of this park is that it lies beneath an enormous suspension bridge, the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River. I’ve driven over this bridge several times recently and have always admired it’s beauty, but had no idea there was a park underneath – so cool!
Really, the whole city of Portland and the surrounding area is full of really neat bridges. I was in awe when we first moved here. Like a little kid, I would lean towards the window to check out the sights, claiming “this one is my favorite!” as we drove over each of them. I still do, although I think St. Johns Bridge actually is my favorite, hahaha! :) As I am able to catch photos of the rest of them, I plan to share here. Hopefully you don’t get bored with these types of posts in between recipes and projects, hahaha!
This area of the park is great for picnics and is large enough that you could easily play frisbee or throw a ball around without bothering other people enjoying the park.
History Lesson: St. Johns bridge was built in 1931 by David B. Steinman, whose other notable designs include the Henry Hudson Bridge, the Mackinac Bridge, as well as the restoration of the Brooklyn Bridge. Cathedral park is named for the bridge’s two cathedral-like Gothic towers.
The pups (Gypsy, above; Kea, below) were THRILLED to be out and about! Gypsy is clearly ecstatic, and I think Kea is as well, but she tends to be more mellow with her emotions, LOL!
Some views underneath the bridge from the lower park. LOVE the pretty green color!
This one was really fun to take! There is a pier that juts out a bit into the river and you can walk right up next to one of the towers. Some really neat views of the river, but alas, I didn’t have my zoom lens with me… Some things we just have to hold in our hearts :)
If you have the time, there is a short path off to the left of the park and a water conservation building which has some neat art installation pieces to check out. Sorry, no photos of those either – I was clearly enthralled with the bridge. Haha, you’ll just have to go see if for yourself!
I was on the hunt for this spot after seeing a photo of this from a photographer/digital artist at the Portland Saturday market, Patrick Burke. Having only driven over the bridge, I had no idea what the underneath looked like! Cue my friend who knew exactly what I was talking about when I was describing the photo to her and recommended we visit the park when we got the chance.
If you drive a little further north of the park, there is a tiny parking lot and a sidewalk that leads down to this absolutely stunning view of underneath the bridge. Another perfect area for a picnic, and would make a super cool location for family or engagement/wedding photos.
By the way, we didn’t end up purchasing the “underneath” shot, but the one above instead (photo courtesy of his Etsy shop online). AND at an amazing discount, no less – due to a “bent” edge that we barely noticed. Now that we’ve framed it, you reallycan’t tell. Love it! I will definitely take a photo of it once it is hanging.
If you live in the Portland area, I highly recommend hitting up Patrick Burke’s booth at the Saturday Market. Otherwise, you can check out his online Saturday Market gallery on Etsy here.