11 thoughts on “Westmoreland Park, circa 1950

  1. Man, spent my youthful days in this park. The casting pond looks so clean. Wouldn’t be too long before I shared this with the Ducks and their left overs and keeping an eye out for Mom & Dad to make sure I didn’t get caught. Strange to see no ballfields, but there on the way.

  2. Construction of the Westmoreland casting pond started in Mid March 1936 but was not completed as shown here until November 1939.

    The casting pond was excavated and in July 1936 when the concrete pour was to happen but the sand & gravel producers shut down for a indefinite period due to a dispute with truck drivers. For two weeks they were promised concrete and with a national casting tournament due to take place in the new casting pond in just 16 days the casting club of Portland examined the pond site and found that the pond bottom was hard clay and would hold water, so with the help of PWA labor they constructed wooden platforms for casting.

    I looks like Westmoreland park and the casting pond were unfinished until 1939 per this excerpt fro the Oregon Journal on 9/3/1939 page 22.

    “The slime pool and buffalo wallows that that formerly greeted the eye at unfinished Westmoreland recreation park on SE McLoughlin Blvd. are rapidly being transformed in to a first class casting pool and yacht basin, and into play fields that will serve the entire city”

  3. David Jordan, Thanks for bringing back wonderful boyhood memories invoving the casting pond. Truly a pleasure! The water looks so clear here in the 1950 photo, and it must’ve been a windy day.

  4. There was a very cold winter in 1961 or 1962. I was in high school at the time and played ice hockey at the coliseum where the Portland Buckaroos played. During the winter vacation the Westmoreland pond was drained except for about 4 to 6 inches of water and the pond made a great skating rink. I came almost every day. But the dirt in the ice took a real toll on the blades of my skates. Needed to sharpen them before I went back on rink ice.

  5. 50 years of living here and really I had no idea what the big water pool was at West Moreland park ’til recently,

  6. I love old concrete you can see all the little river rocks and the age of it
    looks like the revivors at MT tabor park !

  7. Thanks Robin and you’re welcome. All kinds of memories there and I still live nearby. The casting pond, the kiddie wading pool, the duck pond which my older brother told there were snapping turtles in. ( Thanks Steve.) And who can forget the infamous tunnel that used be at the North End.

  8. I LIKE THE POOL WHITH THE SMALL STEPS IN THE WATER THEY HAVE AN ART DECO LOOK ON THE SIDES SMALL RIDGES CUT IN TO THEM IS IT OPEN ALL YEAR ?

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