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.

Sellwood Park

Pack the picnic basket and plan to spend a good chunk of your day at this perfect summertime park. The playground has two different play areas, including a larger one with swings and climbing structures — and it’s all under the trees to boot. The park has plenty of options for picnics, as well as amazing views of the Willamette River. It also has an outdoor community pool that's hard to resist on hot summer days.

SE 7th Ave. and SE Miller St.
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

photo: Sellwood 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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