Happy Healthy Walk and Talk-Brown’s Ferry Park
Sunday April 26th 1-3 PM
Let’s stroll in this 28.33 acre natural area park located on the Tualatin River. A native grass and wildflower prairie covers about a third of the park and includes a large pond. There is an extensive pathway system, picnic tables, wildlife viewing blind, river overlook platform and a canoe ramp and dock that allow access to the Tualatin River. During the summer you can rent kayaks and canoes here. There is an old barn that reminds visitors of the site's former agricultural history and interpretive signs in the park offer information about the cultural as well as natural history of the area.
Brown's Ferry Park was named after Zenas J. Brown who laid a claim to the land in 1850 through the Donation Land Act. He started the first ferry in the Tualatin vicinity here, and also offered his services as an Eclectic Physician and Surgeon in nearby Oregon City. In 1855 Dr. Brown MD took in and treated a very ill young man named Isaac Warwick, who owed him money for the purchase of some land. When Warwick died, Brown applied to the court to administer Warwick’s will, but was denied and instead was indicted for murder a year later. Although the Territorial Circuit Court acquitted Brown for lack of evidence, he felt the community’s suspicion and quickly sold his land and moved a few miles north, then to Salem and finally Florida. His ferry fell out of favor after another ferry was established on Boones Ferry Road up river.
We will be walking on both paved and dirt trails, so wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tevas. Bring water or snacks as needed. Friendly dogs are welcome on leash. If you like bring info on a new diet fad or health tip to share and evaluate. This hike has many medicinal plants to potentially identify. The walk will be almost 3 miles long and will be mostly flat with one steep hill extension up into the Natchez Greenway (optional). This walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag. Drizzle is just part of everyday life, but storms cancel event. This should be fun! Let’s take a walk! Contact organizer Dr. Mindy Curry at 503-995-8674 with any questions.
Meet at 1 PM in the parking area near the restrooms, 5855 SW Nyberg Lane. If you want to carpool from some distant part of town, then leave a comment on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way. From PDX: take I-5 South to the Nyberg exit. Take a left over the freeway on Nyberg. When the road turns to the right, take a left onto Nyberg Lane. In a couple of blocks look for the duck crossing sign and turn left here into the parking loop. Public Transit: you can take Bus 12-(Barbur/Sandy Blvd to Tigard TC) from stop #175 at SW Barbur and Hooker Southbound. Get off at SW Main and Scoffins stop #3673. From there board Bus 76 (Beaverton/Tualatin to Meridian Hospital via Tigard TC). Get off at Meridian Park Hospital main stop in Tualatin. Walk up the street north, then right onto Nyberg Lane (about 2/3 miles walk to the park). If you call ahead I can pick you up at the hospital bus stop. I’ll be passing by.
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