Green Parks and More

Spend any time at all in Clackamas County and you’ll hear great things about North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD).

From Stringfield Family Park on Naef Road in Milwaukie to the ball fields at 162nd Avenue in Happy Valley, there’s more and more space to play.

About 50 parks and green spaces comprise the parks district, which was voted in by residents in 1990. NCPRD covers about 40 square miles.

North Clackamas Aquatic Park and the Milwaukie Center appeal to residents and visitors alike. Whether coming with friends to swim Big Surf! or teaching the kids to swim in a safe environment, the Aquatic Park features a 29-foot climbing wall, a kiddies pool, a dive well, lap pool and active wave pool – all that makes the facility a special place for patrons of all ages. The Milwaukie Centerfeatures a number of venues for special events and rental spaces – the Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden, picnic areas in North Clackamas Park, and rooms for weddings, parties and receptions.

Water front recreation in Gladstone and Milwaukie each offer many choices and some include parking for recreational vehicles and campsites. The Chamber has a full list of all camping and recreational sites. An email or phone call (5043-654-7777) or personal visit to the office (7740 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie) is all you need to get your copy.

Forests in Clackamas County include large and small tracts, public and private ownership, and are managed for a variety of resources, and protected for environmental values. Step inside a forest for recreation or employment and trees take on new meaning. You can visit a local forested and managed are by making arrangements at www.demonstrationforest.org.