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Located in southeastern Portland, the neighborhood of Lents is one of the city’s largest and oldest communities. Bounded by Southeast Powell Street to the north, the Clackamas County line to the south, Southeast 112th Street to the east, and Southeast 82nd Street to the west, the neighborhood is about six miles from downtown Portland.
Originally created as the Town of Lent in 1892, the neighborhood was later annexed to the city in 1912. Today it is a diverse neighborhood with a variety of housing options. Currently undergoing renovation, the neighborhood has been designated as an Urban Renewal Area. Light rail transportation initiatives have been carried out, making the neighborhood accessible via public transportation. The MAX Green Line, TriMet buses, and the Springwater Corridor bike trail are three important components of the transportation system in Lents.
Among the more popular recreational areas in the neighborhood is Lents Park. Named for the community’s founder, Oliver Perry Lent, who came to this area of Oregon in 1850 to farm, this city park is home to the Walker Baseball Stadium. The stadium was named for a local playground leader who helped organize the first softball tournaments west of the Mississippi in the 1930s. Also at the park are basketball courts, soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, hiking trails, and playground areas, including those for the disabled. The park also has an off-leash play section for dogs.
Other neighborhood parks include Bloomington and Glenwood Park. Another community treasure is the Lents Community Garden, which offers neighborhood space for growing food, and sponsors educational programs.
Residents of the Lents neighborhood can find shopping, dining, and entertainment at nearby Clackamas Town Center. More than 180 retail shops and a 20-screen movie complex, along with lively special events, make this a popular destination.