Trojan Park reopens in time for summer
Before it was shut down, drivers along U.S. Highway 30, between Rainier and Portland, became familiar with the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.
Trojan was one of the few nuclear power plants on the West Coast, and the only one of its kind in Oregon. It only operated for about 16 years before Portland General Electric shut it down in 1992, and it was demolished in 2006.
PGE still owns the site of the old power plant, which has been renovated as a park called Trojan Park. It's one of several PGE-owned parks that dot the region.
Trojan Park's picnic and parking areas reopened Friday, May 28, just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend and the first heat wave of 2021.
In addition to its picnic areas, Trojan Park features hiking, biking, fishing, paddling and disc golf.
A stocked lake and multi-use trails can be found at the 75-acre attraction. Other amenities include a large sports playing field, electric stoves, sinks, water, electrical outlets and barrier-free restrooms and picnic sites.
The park has individual picnic tables and group facilities. Trojan Park provides two shelter complexes, each with two reservable sections.
Camping is not permitted. The park is only open during daylight hours.
Allison Dobscha, a PGE spokesperson, describes Trojan Park as a hidden gem.
"It's a very scenic, quiet, beautiful day-use park," Dobscha said. "It has a lovely walking trail, a challenging disc golf course, a fishing dock and a lake."
Dobscha continued, "It's a really great option for folks just trying to get away from Portland for the day. It's a neighborhood park for people who live in the surrounding community. It's even a good place to stop if you're driving up to Astoria. I would say that Trojan Park is just a great option for anyone who wants kind of a quiet respite."
PGE advises that the picnic areas, parking and restrooms are opened seasonally.
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, it's opened daily. For the rest of September, it's opened Friday through Sunday only. The rest of the year, the picnic areas and restrooms are closed, but the disc golf, ponds and trails are opened year round with limited services, parking and a portable toilet.
PGE said it will be following state guidance when opening parks.
"We are following the guidance of the CDC, the Oregon Health Authority and Governor Brown at our parks and recreation facilities," a news release says. "Face coverings are currently required for indoor public spaces and for outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible."
Portland General Electric has 14 parks and recreation sites opening for the summer season.
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