Stop #9 — Delta Park

Delta Park

Delta Park straddles Interstate 5, between the Columbia Slough on the south and the Columbia River on the north.

The Owens Sports Complex, a large part of East Delta Park, includes seven softball fields, nine soccer fields, and a concessions building.

Rose City Softball Association is Oregon’s largest LGBT sports organization. They welcome all slow pitch softball players, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Portland hosted The Gay Softball World Series from Sept. 4-9, 2017. Some 240 teams and a whopping 3500 players from the US and Canada participated.

Portland is known as Soccer City USA, and this year the annual Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament at Delta Park aims to celebrate diversity and help integrate refugees and immigrants to the Rose City in 2017.

There are 23 teams made up of 500 refugee and immigrant players taking part in this year’s tournament, and some of the teams are coached by police officers and firefighters. The Portland Timbers first used the term to describe the Rose City.

Portland Meadows (Twitter), southeast of Delta Park, provides simulcasting, of live horseracing to off-track markets. Live horseracing is now infrequent at this venue. Portland Meadows, open since 1946, offers a full season of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing, with off-track betting available at 11 sites throughout the state.

It’s open daily for Live Simulcast Betting. Live racing Mondays and Tuesdays. First post at noon. In 2016, a licensed casino style poker club, Portland Meadows Poker, was opened near the indoor stands.

Headquartered in the park, the The Urban Forestry Division of Portland Parks has an arboretum in the Park, Columbia Children’s Arboretum which aims to teach tree identification to members of Friends of Trees and similar community organizations.

There are nearly 300 Heritage Trees throughout Portland, and new trees are added each year. Anyone can nominate a Heritage Tree, which are protected by City Code. A walking tour of 10 downtown Heritage Trees is available as a free downloadable book, From Stumptown to Treetown.

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