Where do you go when the sun is blazing hot and your neighborhood park’s play structure feels like a fireball? Take cover! The following parks with shaded playgrounds are our perfect picks for outdoor fun when the sun is at its peak. Flip through the gallery for the scoop.

Pier Park

The 87.5 acres that make up Pier Park are shady paradise. Down the paved path, there's an imaginative playground with ropes to climb and hoops to climb through. Swings are up the hill and a restroom is nearby. There's also a splash pad for cooling off, as well as a skate park and a Frisbee golf course for the bigger kids.

N Lombard St. and Bruce Ave.
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

photo: Pier Park, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation

What’s your favorite shaded park? Let us know in the comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway

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