Let’s Get Wilder in Newport!

Wilder Park is the place to play this spring!

You can throw 18 holes of disc golf, bring the kids and the dog, and explore coastal ecosystems all within Newport’s newest park. Actually, Wilder is divided into three parks, and each one is different than the others and has its own theme. Two of the parks have an agreement with the City of Newport for mixed use with some degree of shared management, and only one is owned outright by the city. The three parks are all part of the recently developing Wilder Neighborhood, which is being designed by the principles of new urbanism and sustainability.

The newest park, the Wilder Disc Golf Course, offers the first 18-hole course on the Oregon Coast. Much of the course is forested, but there are also enough open fairways and meadows to provide an even mix of terrain. Whether you’re a seasoned disc golfer, or are new to the sport, you’ll love the variety that this course has to offer. Grab your discs and gather your friends and family for an exciting day of outdoor recreation!

The Wilder Dog Park is designed for all friendly dogs, and is also a recent addition to the neighborhood. The park allows your dog to run free within the confines of the park, where you can play with your pet or let them interact with other dogs on their own. The park features a transitional entry and exit corral, and provides a water spigot if your best friend gets thirsty.

Wilder Twin Park was gifted to the city, and is the most traditional park of the three. The upper portion of the park has a play area for kids, complete with playground equipment made out of recycled plastics. The upper park also has a covered picnic table with built-in chess board, and a painted hopscotch nearby. The lower portion of the park is a series of nature trails that connect to Mike Miller Park behind the Oregon Coast Community College campus, and will eventually lead all the way to OSU’s Hatfield Science Center in South Beach.

All three of the parks fit into Wilder’s ecofriendly vision of new urbanism and sustainability, where walkable neighborhoods connect residents to their homes, jobs and recreation while conserving an ecological balance and finite resources. In addition to all of the greenspace, the parks are also next to the Wolf Tree Brewery Taproom, and the soon-to-be Bosque Café & Espresso shop, so that you can have some refreshment while you enjoy the park! Visit one or all of the parks this spring and summer; we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed!

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.