Take a self-guided tour of local creations using the PDX Sidewalk Joy Map. This map showcases fun, interactive neighborhood galleries, exchanges and displays.
While exploring the joy map, you may also come across Portland’s beloved monkey puzzle trees.
Here’s how you can make the most out of this free activity.
PDX Sidewalk Joy Map
The map has 55 community joy spots throughout the city. All of these projects created by homeowners exist to bring a bit of whimsy and inspiration to the community.
These displays are viewable from front yards, curbside gardens, alleyways, side yards and sides of buildings.
The map shows a description, image and the location of each display. There’s also Instagram handles so you can follow your favorite Joy Map creators.
Need suggestions? Here are five stops you may want to make on your self-guided tour of the PDX Sidewalk Joy Map:
Alley south of N Skidmore between N Kerby and N Borthwick
Be transported to an intergalactic loitering ground for talkative stormtroopers, robots, and probe droids. This interactive display includes scares, songs and hidden surprises. Be warned, you may get wet.
NE 14th Place and Emerson Street
Take a duck and leave a duck. This exchange began in 2011. Classic rubber duckies and all varieties are welcome.
Lucky Dog Library
SE 58th Avenue between Clinton and Woodward
Find all things canine at the Lucky Dog Library. Your dog can pick out a stick or tennis ball while you enjoy canine-themed poems, quotes and jokes and a tiny dog park.
Twin Pines Country Club
Near SE 85th Avenue and Clay Street
In a formerly unused side yard, enjoy a free round of mini golf at this outdoor 6-hole course. Clubs and golf balls are available to borrow onsite. Call the number on the locker for the code.
SE Pardee Street between 56th and 58th avenues
Calling all knitters and crocheters. Swing by the FoPo Fibrary to exchange yarn and other fiber art supplies.
View the Map
All locations on the map are free to enjoy, but you may want to bring quarters for the Super Awesome Prizes vending machine or pay for a pottery piece at the Poetry Pottery Box. View the map:
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