Soaking up the Scenery of Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon
Located beneath the striking Gothic-style St. Johns bridge, Cathedral Park is known for its history, music festivals and scenery. Once a Native American campsite, the park's riverbank is also believed to be where early American expedition team Lewis & Clark camped. The green steel-suspension bridge, an official historical landmark, was built in 1931 under budget and ahead of schedule. Over the next few decades, however, the area experienced an economic decline, turning the undeveloped land underneath the bridge into the stomping grounds of the criminal-minded. In the early 1970s, neighborhood activists raised millions of dollars and secured local government support to create the park. Cathedral Park is named after the cathedral-like concrete arches in the towers of the bridge. Today park users enjoy fishing and boating docks, several annual music and cultural festivals, a doggie off-leash area, and gorgeous photo opportunities.
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