Weekend days in the summer are for relaxing, letting the kids run wild on the grass and trying out that new BBQ sauce on the grill. But hanging out in the back yard can get boring. Hit the town to spread out your gear, and explore the city with these great outdoor grilling options around town. Click through the gallery to find out where they are and what they have to offer.


Laurelhurst Park

A large sprawling park in SE Portland, home to dog parks, a duck pond and plenty of space! One of Portland’s oldest parks. Enjoy grilling with the family with five great reservable spots, and plenty of places to spread a blanket.

SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & Stark St
Online: portlandoregon.gov

photo credit: Ryan Harvey via flickr


Insider tip: Portland Parks and Recreation runs most of the parks in the city—all the covered picnic shelters and BBQ grills can be rented through them. Outside of that, all parks have tables that are first-come first serve. Day-use fees notes where applicable. Get out there and chow down!

What’s your favorite place to do some summer grilling? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery