By: Mireaya Medina, Communications Manager
I love Portland summers and warm weather but like most locals, I get overheated easily. Here’s what I do to stay super cool.
- I’m a fan of Splash Pads: Splash pads are family friendly, easy to use, accessible for all abilities and are just adorable.
SE Portland has 4 parks with Splash pads:
- Colonel Summers Park: SE 17th Avenue and Taylor Street on bus line 15
- Earl Boyles Park: East of SE 107th Avenue and Francis Street on bus lines 20, 25, 73
- Essex Park: SE 79th Avenue and Center Street on bus lines 9, 17, 72
- Raymond Park: SE 118th Avenue and Raymond Street on bus line 10
- I hug trees, you should too: Spend time on forested trails this summer to find all the right kinds of shade. Some of my favorite trails are easy to find from the inner southeast Portland.
Leach Botanical Garden is a 16-acre botanical garden located in outer southeast Portland, Oregon, near S.E. 122nd Avenue and Foster Road.
- Leach Botanical Garden: 6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236 on bus line 14
- Tabor 6220 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97215 on bus lines 2, 15, 71
- Scott (No trails, but lovely trees that will hide you from direct sun and an indoor pool) SE 72nd Ave &, SE Harold St, Portland, OR 97206 on bus lines 14, 17, 19
- Sip something cool! A great way to cool down quick is to enjoy an icy cold beverage.
- Carry a reusable water bottle this summer, drink and refill several times each hot day!
- Fresh fruit juice is our office favorite!
Muz Afzal’s special fresh watermelon juice recipe:
Ingredients: 1 large watermelon
1 can of ginger ale
Directions: Blend watermelon by blender, juicer or even by hand!
Mix watermelon juice with the can of ginger ale and refrigerate for 2 hr. Enjoy!