Fun Date Ideas in the Portland area

Written by Meg DeNeffe

Living Room Theater

A sophisticated yet comfortable cinema environment that has the relaxing atmosphere of a movie theatre with a fancy twist. If you want to “wine-and-dine” your date, but in a more relaxed (cheaper) setting, Portland’s living room theater is the perfect place to enjoy a film and eat delicious food on a budget at the same time.

Oaks Park Roller Rink

Bringing your date rolling skating is a great way to get to know each other better and have a good time. Roller Skating at Oaks Park is super affordable and year-round. Roller skating brings out your inner child and lets your date know you know how to have fun.rollerrink

Portland Escape Room

Portland Escape Rooms are a fun, problem-solving interactive activity that allows you and your crush to put your heads together. You and your date have 60 minutes to discover hidden objects, gather clues, and solve puzzles to find the key to escape in a locked theme room. You can also choose the theme and setting of the room like American Revolution, Kidnapped, Arcade, Fortune teller, or Zombie. This real life adventure game is perfect for date night.

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is perfect for the artsy couple looking for a free yet still romantic, stimulating date that allows you to walk around and spend time together while also being aesthetically pleased. And if your looking to have more fun, play hide and seek and text each other clues having to do with the art nearby your hiding spot. As a memory for you and your lover, make sure to stop at the museum gift stop while your there!

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Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japenese Garden is a beautiful spot to walk around and admire the natural beauty of the roses and greenery, and the beauty of your date! The Japanese Garden is a great photo shoot location to capture the moment and get some great shots to look back on in the future. You can also bring a picnic or some snacks to share and sit back on the benches and take in the moment.

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Portland Food Trucks

Not sure what to eat? Bring your date to one of the many Portland Food Carts around the city and taste all different types of foods from different places in the world. With its prominent downtown location, the food truck pod clustered around Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street has long been Portland’s biggest food cart attraction. Pick two or three food options that sound good from different carts and try all of them and see which one you like the best!

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Rimsky Coffee House

Rimsky Coffee House is an iconic spot for dessert adventures in Portland, and is one of the very few culinary establishments in Portland that offer free live music. Rimsky’s is known for its exquisite dessert menu and for offering a unique experience to guests. It operates from the former living room of a reportedly haunted Craftsman-style house in the Buckman neighborhood. Each table is named after a different composer and randomly rotate or vibrate, stay with the haunted theme of the house. The upstairs unisex bathroom has an “under-the-sea” theme and reportedly induces screams.

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Problems Parking? Pass!

Problems Parking? Pass!

The current parking situation at Wilson has recently sparked outrage among upperclassmen. With 180 passes sold and only 140 spots available, owners of passes find themselves scrambling to find a place to park in the morning despite having purchased a pass that they thought would ensure them a spot in either the Wilson or Reike parking lot.

Cooper Poole, senior, started a petition and hopes to collect 1,000 signatures. Rallying against the overselling of passes, he hopes to unite the student body and gain the attention of the school administration. 

Poole states that he’s seen many prior petitions at Wilson. Thinking realistically, he believes this one will be brushed off just as its predecessors. 

He doesn’t believe that all of the blame lies with the Wilson administration. Poole believes that the bigger decisions come from authorities higher up on the district ladder, and worries that if there’s a threat of any legal issues, the district may easily brush it off since they know it is hard for students to mount a legal challenge.

There’s nothing that can be done now that the spots have already been sold for this year. What Poole is looking to achieve is a better balance, if not for this year then for next. He’s turning to the student body for help because he feels the lack of assistance from the school is no mistake. 

The reasoning behind this unequal ratio of passes to spots, from the school’s perspective, is based on the priority to have a full parking lot when the school day starts.

In past years, Reike parents looking for spots in the elementary lot were unable to find parking because it was filled with students who didn’t own passes. They noticed that the Wilson lot in the morning was partially empty, due to many pass holding students having a late start, and were frustrated that Reike’s lot was filling up with teenagers while Wilson’s own lot remained somewhat empty. 

According to Wilson’s business manager, Erica Meyers, the school currently has approximately 1600 students and 126 staff members, which means that there isn’t enough room for everyone to park.

Meyers understands why students might consider it unfair to sell passes that don’t guarantee a place to park, which is the reason the administration decided to cap the available passes at 180. 

She understands that the sale of these 40 extra passes has sparked somewhat of a contentious issue among the student body, but her goals look to accommodate those who can get onto campus the earliest so that the lot is full when school starts. 

According to Meyers, students  “should be coming earlier to get a spot or, if they do have a late arrival, then they have a little more time to find a spot out in the neighborhood.”

While having a full lot when school starts may be a win for Wilson, it’s a loss for those students with the free period or late start. These students, among others, are angry that they’ve essentially been sold useless parking passes. 

Poole is upset by the mixed message being sent to students. “The administration agrees that if you have a free period you shouldn’t be at school loitering. They don’t want you to be here. But then they say students who get here earliest are the ones getting a spot? It just doesn’t make sense to me.” 

The overselling of passes has prompted students to park illegally in faculty parking. At the beginning of this year, stickers were sent to Wilson from the district to be affixed to any illegally parked cars as a warning. This warning has left many students unfazed. 

In an effort to force students to follow the rules, the school has started to forego warnings and has chosen to instead ticket rule breakers. These $30 tickets add up fast. Students who haven’t paid their ticket fines will be declined the purchase of prom and graduation tickets, just as they would with any other school fines. 

While students find it unfair that they are being ticketed, despite having paid for a parking spot, Meyers feels that the school has been very lenient with their security this year. 

When students register their car with Wilson, they are required to sign a document acknowledging they could be penalized for parking inappropriately. Legally, Wilson has the authority to do much more than place stickers or hand out tickets. “I think we’ve been pretty kind not to tow the car away,” Meyers said.

Poole would like the situation to be taken more seriously. He sees the inconvenience to staff of having their spots taken by students as a way of getting the administration’s attention. 

“There’s an issue, and the administration has no reason to look at it, because they’re always guaranteed a spot,” Poole said. “It doesn’t matter how much the students complain.” 

According to Poole, until the situation becomes a problem for faculty and staff, the administration will have no incentive to do anything about it.

Meyers states that it is frustrating from the school’s perspective because she feels that everyone should just follow the rules. She understands that these rules are not the answer that people want to hear because everyone feels entitled to a spot. Unfortunately, it’s just not a realistic idea.

“It’s my least favorite part of my job,” Meyers said. “I hate parking. I hate dealing with having to go and find out who parked in my spot…Not just my spot but another teacher’s spot.”

Because of complaints, in future years, Meyers plans to sell less passes. While it might not be a satisfying solution for all, Wilson is also offering full refunds on passes for any students who feel they aren’t finding any parking in the lot. 

Written by Shandra Back