Grant Park, Portland, Oregon
|• Association||Grant Park Neighborhood Association|
|• Coalition||Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods|
|• Total||0.46 sq mi (1.18 km2)|
|• Density||7,600/sq mi (2,900/km2)|
|• No. of households||1364|
|• Occupancy rate||97% occupied|
|• Owner-occupied||1205 households (88%)|
|• Renting||159 households (12%)|
|• Avg. household size||2.54 persons|
Grant Park refers to both a neighborhood and public park in the Northeast section of Portland, Oregon. The neighborhood is bordered by Alameda and Beaumont-Wilshire to the north; Rose City Park to the east; Hollywood District, Laurelhurst, and Sullivan's Gulch to the south; and Irvington to the west.
It is best known for its association with Beverly Cleary's Klickitat Street series of books, which are set in the neighborhood. Houses in the neighborhood generally date to the early 20th century, and are primarily of the Old Portland or Craftsman styles.
The park, honoring eponymous President (and former resident of Vancouver, Washington) Ulysses S. Grant, was acquired by the city in 1922. The park is contiguous with the grounds of Grant High School, and is 19.9 acres in size. Amenities include a large playground, dog park, athletic fields, walking paths, picnic facilities and tennis courts. There is also a swimming pool inside of Grant Park.
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children
The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children was dedicated in the park on October 13, 1995. Funded by donations from Cleary fans, the park was built by the Friends of Henry and Ramona. It includes life-sized renditions by local sculptor Lee Hunt of three Cleary characters: Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy (Henry's dog). The life-sized sculptures were created using vintage clothes on wax models to create a realistic feel. The sculpture of Ramona is dressed in raincoat and boots, with a joyous expression, and is positioned such that she splashes in the garden's fountain. Granite tiles placed around the sculptures are inscribed with quotes from Cleary's most famous books.
Grant Park and the statue of Ramona Quimby.
- Demographics (2000)
- "Portland Parks and Recreation". portlandoregon.gov. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- "Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden". oregonencyclopedia.org.
- Cook, Sybilla Avery (1998). Walking Portland: A Falcon guide. Globe Pequot. p. 222. ISBN 1560446048.
- Hamilton, Denise (December 9, 2007). "The magic of Klickitat Street". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
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