14 thoughts on “Duniway Park, 1929

  1. Here’s some info on Duniway Park from Portland website.
    Year Acquired
    Size in acres
    The current site of Duniway Park was once Portland’s first Italian settlement colony. The influx of Italians into Portland occurred between 1900 and 1917. In 1918, Duniway Park was named in honor of Abigail Scott Duniway (1836-1915) – writer, newspaper publisher, and advocate for women’s right to vote. In 1912, Duniway became the first legal female voter in Multnomah County.

    In May of 1995, Duniway Park became the site of the first track of its kind. At that time, a state-of-the-art track surface was installed and made from recycled rubber, including over 20,000 lbs. of athletic shoe soles donated by Nike, Inc. The dedication ceremony included three-time New York Marathon winner Alberto Salazar and 100 children running a ‘Victory Lap’ around the track.

    I wonder how much usage this track and soccer field gets, being surrounded by corporate dead space and highrise senior housing?

    The lilacs sound nice and probably are.

  2. If you look center left on the photo on the horizon you can just barely make out the Portland Gas and Coke gas holder tank that used to be just south of Jefferson High School.

  3. I worked on top of that fill from the late 70’s to the mid 90’s at the Metro YMCA. Over the years I came to understand that the ‘fill’ it was built on would ‘liquify’ in a serious earthquake and that it sat on a large fault line and that a serious shake would cause the whole building to collapse on itself and end up like a stack of pancakes crushing everything in between. I only experienced one very small earthquake while working there which at the time made me think a large truck had run into the building from Barbur. Probably lucky that the organization had to sell it to avoid financial collapse before such a geological event caused it to actually collapse.

  4. I always thought that they used the dirt from the Jefferson tunnels to fill this area, but then I was told that wasn’t correct. I wonder where they did get the fill?

  5. The VP photo from April 18, 2011 shows this same view with trestle removed. April 19 & 20, 2011 photo also show this location as filling the gulch proceeds.

  6. Looks like the center house *built in 1900) is still there and the one behind it (two of them) were built in 1890.

  7. wploulorenziprince, I visited this park a few months ago and there was a lot of soccer activity going on, so people are finding it.

  8. [Third/last try. Wanted the images to appear in the comment, but hopefully links will work instead.]

    Same view, but after tressel removal:

    View of tressel looking west from S Arthur St:

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