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Couch Park

North West 19th Avenue and Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97201

This park is named after Captain John Heard Couch, who first sailed for Portland from Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1839.  Captain Couch developed this land and named the blocks alphabetically (A Street, B Street, and so forth). During the last half of the 1800s, Couch's land was known as the Alphabet District. The captain was a well-liked, civic-minded man, so it's only appropriate that one of Portland's beautiful parks be named in his honor. 

The site of today's Couch Park was once the estate of 19th century merchant prince Cicero Hunt Lewis, who married Captain Couch's daughter Clementine. The estate consisted of an elegant mansion, stables, and a greenhouse, all of which were built in 1881. The Lewises raised eleven children on these grounds. 

Amenities: Includes basketball court, disabled access restroom, dog off-leash area, paths - paved, playground, and statue or public art.

Park Hours: 5:00 AM - Midnight 

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