Marquam Nature Park has been preserved as an undeveloped
open space. It is part of a chain of natural areas and trails that traverse
the West Hills of Southwest Portland. The Nature Park was the
final link in the Westside trail system chain, making it possible to
hike from the Sellwood Bridge to the St. Johns Bridge along preserved
Marquam Nature Park links with other protected open
space between Tryon Creek State Park and Forest Park creating a West
Willamette Corridor. This corridor provides hiking amenities,
forested scenic vistas, and enhances air quality and water quality in
all of the Portland area.
According to The Oregonian on April 2, 1934,
Philip A. Marquam was "one of Portland's picturesque pioneers, prominent
in the legal, economic, sporting, educational, and theatrical history
of Portland." Marquam was a lawyer and a judge who owned the Fulton
District, Marquam Hill, and what is now part of Riverview Cemetery.
Acquired in 1979
Includes parking lot and a 9-mile trail.
Friends of Marquam Nature Park is a non-profit community-based
volunteer organization. They work in partnership with Portland Parks
and Recreation and others to conserve, maintain and enhance the
historical, natural, and recreational resources of Marquam Nature
Park and to educate the public about the park's unique natural and
Marquam Nature Park Web site for more information.