PARKS & VIEWING
The Port of Toledo has built several public park facilities along Depot Slough and the Yaquina River. We invite you to enjoy these areas responsibly, and remind you to pick up after yourself, as well as your pets. The parks are for day use only and are closed dusk to dawn per Port of Toledo Ordinance #92-1.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wear face covering when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical/social distancing measures (i.e., at least 6 feet of separation between others) is required at our parks.
Waterfront Park is located adjacent to Depot Slough and the Port’s Transient Dock. The park and pavilion were built in 2012 with funding through a State Parks Local Government Grant. The pavilion’s design was inspired by Toledo’s train depot which was formerly located near the site. It took skillful craftsmanship by the Port’s staff to build the detailed concrete forms and timber frame for the pavilion and stage. The Park is a great place for picnics and features public restrooms. The pavilion serves as the main state for the Port’s annual Wooden Boat Show on the 3rd weekend in August.
Depot Slough Path
Depot Slough Path connects the Port’s Marina and Transient Dock to the pavilion and Waterfront Park, and provides an accessible path along Depot Slough to the City’s path at NW 1st Street. The path was completed in December of 2017, with construction funded through a State Parks Local Government Grant. The Angell Job Corps masonry crew, provided the labor to install over 55,000 concrete pavers to create the path. The path features benches, metal sculptures created by artist Sam Briseno, and interpretive signs.
The Paddle Park is a great place for kayakers, canoeists, families, and wildlife enthusiasts to spend the day. It is located at mile marker 10 on North Bay Road, adjacent to a 25-acre protected wetlands area on the Yaquina River, also owned by the Port of Toledo. This day-use park and launch area, funded by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, offers a park setting with a gazebo, picnic table, restrooms, wildlife viewing & interpretive signage, as well as a dock and pier for non-motorized boat launching and day use. Lumber milled from the nearly 100 year old piles pulled from Depot Slough is used in the pier, fencing, and the picnic gazebo. Local metal sculpture artist Sam Briseno created the heron-in-flight wind vane atop the gazebo.
The public is invited to enjoy the Port of Toledo’s Public Viewing Platform which is located on Depot Slough. The platform can also be accessed by the walking path that leads from the Marina to the Port office building. Visitors will enjoy an excellent southern view of Georgia-Pacific at work, as well as an eastern view of the Port Marina on Depot Slough. In the spring and summer, bring your binoculars to watch the osprey which return each year to nest nearby. River otter as well as wandering Harbor Seals may also be seen.
Briseño Park at Port Station One – The open space formerly occupied by the administrative wing of the City’s former public safety building has become a beautiful “pocket park” with work by local artists on display. The park was named after local metal artist, Sam Briseño, in honor of his contributions of community art located throughout Toledo.