Happy Valley Park is relatively close to our house. It is located in Happy Valley which is technically it's own small town on the edge of Portland. It is up on Mt. Scott in Clackamas County.
The park has a big playground, trails for running and walking, a scenic wetland boardwalk trail, a dog park, soccer fields, baseball fields, and a skate park. The main attraction though is the splash pad.
You will find us at the splash pad once or twice a week in the summer. It's a great way to beat the heat and a perfect location for play dates. There is grassy space to put down blankets to sit and they also have plenty of picnic tables under cover if it's exceptionally hot. There are bathrooms right next to the splash pad and the parking lot is right there, too. I appreciate the short walk since my hands are usually full while carrying the kids and their things.
The splash pad can get very busy in the afternoon on hot days. It rarely feels hectic though, even when packed. The best time to go to avoid crowds seems to be in the morning. We often visit the splash pad around 10-11 am and there are usually only a handful of people there.
I know there are plenty of great splash pads in the Portland area that we need to check out, but this one is so convenient that it's our go-to place if I don't want to take the time to plan. I would love for Portland area parents to let me know what splash pads you love in the comments section.