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Cathedral Park is located in North Portland, the charming "fifth quadrant" of the City of Roses, offering a comfortable urban community with easy access to downtown Portland and surrounding areas via Interstate 5. Cathedral Park is the name of the park and the neighborhood under the north end of the St. Johns Bridge, and the beautiful arches of the bridge give the area its name. Cathedral Park itself is one of the most beautiful parks in Portland, and its also one of the friendliest for dog owners and families. The Adidas Corporation is also located near Cathedral Park, in the Swan Island industrial area. Commuters and residents alike have access to the best of Portland via bus lines, the MAX light rail, and convenient highways. Cathedral Park is a diverse community that has truly blossomed in the past few years, due to increased transportation access and the growth of surrounding neighborhoods, including the Alberta Arts District, Mississippi District, St. Johns Neighborhood, and Kenton Neighborhood. North Portland is a unique place where you'll always find something going on, from block parties to excellent live music. There is something absolutely beautiful about being in the city, but still being able to escape city life and be surrounded by nature. North Portland is quickly becoming recognized as a thriving part of the Portland culture - this "fifth quadrant" is refusing to be ignored, and you shouldn't overlook the historic charm and peaceful neighborhoods of the North in your home search.


Cathedral Park is located in North Portland, and is bordered by the St. Johns, University Park and Linnton neighborhoods. The St. Johns Bridge connects the neighborhood to the Linnton and Northwest Industrial neighborhoods in Northwest Portland across the Willamette River.

Cathedral Park schools include James John Elementary, George Middle School, and Roosevelt High. Nearby schools include Astor Elementary, Holy Cross, Portsmouth Middle School, and the University of Portland.


The site which now bears the name Cathedral Park is steeped in history. It is believed to be one of the 14 Lewis and Clark landing sites in the Vancouver-Portland area: William Clark and eight men camped there on April 2, 1806. This spot had been a fishing and camping site for many area Indian tribes. In 1847, the founder of St. Johns, James John, settled on the site and operated a ferry to Linnton across the Willamette River. In 1931, the St. Johns Bridge was built on the site with 400-ft towers and a main span of 1,207 feet. It is the only steel suspension bridge in Portland and is designated as an official historical landmark.

In the early 1970s, Howard Galbraith, the "honorary mayor" of unincorporated St. Johns, got tired of the junkyard state of the area under the eastern end of the bridge. He organized a drive that eventually raised $7.5 million to build a park. After eight years of community fundraising, combined with state, county and city funding, the park was dedicated at a community celebration on May 3, 1980. It got its name from a photo of the St. Johns Bridge by Al Monner that appeared on the front page of the Oregon Journal in 1968. Reference was made to its beautiful cathedral-like arches and the park found its name.


Real Estate in North Portland has been booming in the past few years, but the Cathedral Park neighborhood has kept its working-class charm and accessible attitude. Cathedral Park’s home styles include Portland’s classic Craftsman Style Bungalows, cottages, Old Portland style homes, and other medium-sized one and two story residences. Many of the Cathedral Park-area homes were built after WWII, and you can still find plenty of character and charm surrounded by mature trees and amazing neighbors.

To search for homes for sale in and near Cathedral Park, check out the McDonald Group Realtor's Portland Real Estate map search.


Cathedral Park Portland Pirate Festival - Cathedral Park is located under the St. John’s bridge in North Portland, and for one weekend out of the year this beautiful park becomes a pirate village for the Portland Pirate Festival, complete with cannon fights, a huge 19th-century pirate ship, musicians, and great food. A Privateer Scavenger Hunt, treasure chest raffle, Oberon’s Three Penny Tavern (Pouring fantastic Ninkasi brews and delicious grog featuring Kraken Rum in an old world tavern filled with beautiful pub wenches!) are just a few of the fun spectacles planned for kids and adults alike! It’s the perfect place to live out your Jack Sparrow fantasies, take your pet shoulder-parrot out for a walk, and just enjoy a few days of ridiculous fun with the whole family. Break out the peg-legs, the heavy eye makeup, and the eye patches, because costumes are most definitely encouraged.

Columbia Park - N Lombard St & Woolsey Ave - Just outside the neighborhood boundary to the northwest sits Columbia Park, a European-style green space designed by Frederick Olmstead of Central Park fame. Pastimes in the park range from the enclosed Columbia Pool to Shakespeare in the Park productions. This local park provides residents with a Baseball field, childrens' playground, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court, volleyball court and even a water play feature. Columbia Park is patterned after a famous park in Berlin, Germany.

Portland International Raceway
This track hosted its first race in 1961 during the Portland Rose Festival, and has become the annual Rose Cup event for the raceway. But that’s not all. They host ICSCC, SCCA, and NASCAR, not to mention the facility has a drag strip and motocross track. PIR is home to auto swap meets, drag races, and Thursday night motocross. There’s adrenaline pumping excitement for the entire family here that you just can’t pass up, especially because its right outside your door.

Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center
Commonly known as the "Expo Center," this facility has become a cornerstone for the Hayden Island community. Over 100 events a year are hosted here, including  green consumer shows, trade shows, conventions, meetings and other special events. By catering to a diverse group of regional and local small businesses, the Expo Center has positively impacted the Oregon economy and attracts an excess of 500,000 attendees annually. As far back as 1921, this site continues to present some of the largest exhibitions in the Northwest.

Heron Lakes Golf Course - 3500 N Victory Blvd - Designed by renowned golf architects Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and his son Robert Trent Jones II, Heron Lakes offers two distinct and challenging golf courses designed to meet every skill level: the Greenback opened in 1971 and the Great Blue opened in 1992. Listed by Golf Digest as one of the top 75 public courses in the U.S., Heron Lakes has been host to the Sentry Guisti, the annual Portland Invitational Tournament, and the 2000 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship.


North Portland Food Carts
North Portland and the Cathedral Park area are home to some of the best food carts in Portland. Our favorites include Flavour Spot , The Sugar Cube, The Big Egg, Moxie Rx, Native Bowl, Garden State, and The Ruby Dragon. According to Budget Travel magazine and, Portland is the number one city in the world for street food, beating out the best of the rest. Portland’s food cart scene pulled ahead of fish tacos in Ensenada, bacalaítos in Puerto Rico, grilled-shrimp skewers and churros stuffed with dulce de leche in Rio, Belgian frites and grilled meat in Marrakech. The amazing thing about Portland’s street food is the variety. No one can pin down a cuisine or specialty dish that Portland’s carts are known for because we’ve got just about everything, from around the globe via the wackiest imaginations. We’ve got everything from Eastern European dishes, bacon and nutella sandwiches, and Korean tacos to burgers sandwiched between grilled cheeses, vegan poutine, and Carolina-style barbecue out of a truck.

Nicola's - 4826 N Lombard - University of Portland students’ all-time favorite restaurant. Delicious Italian food—make sure to try their famous and ENORMOUS calzones that are cheap, even for college students.

Leisure Public House - 8002 N Lombard St - This is the perfect place to grab a pint with friends, play some ping pong or bocce ball, put some tunes on the eclectic jukebox, or just relax and make yourself at home. Come enjoy a fun and competitive game of trivia every Tuesday at 7:30.  Prizes are always awarded and ties are often settled by a dance off. 

St. Johns Pub - 8203 N Ivanhoe St. - Great pub food with a unique atmosphere. Excellent burgers, sandwiches, and even Cajun tater tots. You can even enjoy all of this while watching a $3 movie in the historic theater dome.


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