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Dirksen Nature Park and Playground

11130 SW Tiedeman Ave, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

dawn to dusk


hike, playground

Dirksen Nature Park and Playground offer two beautiful playgrounds, hiking trails, a sports field, and a restroom on the Fanno Creek Trail!

When you stumble upon Dirksen Nature Park, at first glance, it looks like any other cute nature park. There is a playground with huge tree logs, cute carved tree stumps, and a hill of rocks. But behind the park is a living willow tunnel, a rock cave, another smaller nature play area, flush restrooms, a picnic shelter, and tons of trails! 

The trails weave in and out of mature forested areas. There is a beautiful deck with a wildlife viewpoint in the forest as well. Before you get to the forested area, outdoor gym equipment is sprinkled along the trail. There are also the wetlands of Summer Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek that flows through the park's south side. There are about half a mile of trails and it is not paved so it is not recommended for strollers and it can get muddy or icy. 

The baseball field is sometimes in use but there is still room to explore or have a picnic on the grass surrounding the field. The playground can get busy on sunny days and weekends so it may be difficult to social distance at times. There is a covered picnic shelter with tons of tables, perfect for snacks or picnics!

The Details 

There is no designated parking lot for this park but you can park by Fowler Middle School or on SW Tigard St. 

This park is accessible by the Fanno Creek Trail, a wide, ADA accessible, paved trail that spans over four miles. The restrooms are always open, makings this the perfect pit stop if you are biking, running, or walking the Fanno Creek Trail.


Restrooms Good for All Ages Outdoor Seating Playground Hiking Ball Fields Picnic Tables
Thoughtfully captured by:
Karrie Escobar
Mom. Realtor. Adventurer. Karrie (Kahdi) is a native Californian who loves the forest, the beach, surfing, hiking, enough to brave all the rain in Portland, Oregon. Finding adventures with her toddler or playing just about any sport with her family and friends is how she likes to spend her free time. While she spent most of her career in education she transitioned to real estate to help busy families build generational wealth and reach their goals through home ownership! She knows the suburbs as well as she knows downtown. From the cutest coffee shops and the most toddler friendly parks to the neighborhood with the best views- Karrie knows the area and wants to share her knowledge and outings with the Happyly family!
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