Johnson Creek Neighborhood Guide

Johnson Creek, aka Ardenwald neighborhood, is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sellwood, Eastmoreland, Woodstock, Brentwood-Darlington, and Lewelling (Milwaukie) neighborhoods.

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Johnson Creek Neighborhood Features

Johnson Creek neighborhood straddles Portland and Milwaukie borders. You won’t find a lot of local business there, but you will find easy access to the city via nearby major thoroughfares, as well as a number of parks and natural areas. The Springwater Corridor Trail arcs through the north section of the neighborhood, and Johnson Creek, a 25-mile tributary to the Willamette River, borders its north boundary.

Johnson Creek Neighborhood Parks

Tideman Johnson Natural Area

Tideman Johnson Natural Area is named after the early pioneer family who first had a land claim that included this 7.5 natural area. The Johnson family sponsored holiday festivities and invited the public to use the property for recreation. The site was donated to the City of Portland in 1940. Easily accessed from the Springwater Corridor Trail, the area is a popular birdwatching destination.

Tideman Johnson Natural Area – SE 37th Avenue and Tenino Street

Ardenwald Park

Directly across the street from Ardenwald Elementary School, Ardenwald Park offers a playground, sheltered picnic area, and grassy amphitheater, which hosts Summer Concerts in the Park every August.

Ardenwald Park – 3667 SE Roswell St, Milwaukie

Water Tower Park

Like the neighborhood itself, Water Tower Park sits directly on two borders. In this case, between Johnson Creek and Lewelling neighborhoods in Johnson Creek’s southeast corner. It has a playground and picnic area, as well as a basketball court.

Water Tower Park – 9890 SE 40th Ave, Milwaukie

Balfour Park

This .8-acre plot of undeveloped land in Johnson Creek neighborhood has been deemed Balfour Park by residents. For years, they have have encouraged both Portland and Milwaukie city officials to turn the area into a developed space. The annual spring Balfour Park Plant Sale happens here and is a fundraising effort to make the dream a reality.

Balfour Park – 3039 SE Balfour St, Milwaukie

Johnson Creek Neighborhood Community Resources

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association

Johnson Creek Neighborhood Schools

Kids in the Johnson Creek neighborhood are served by North Clackamas School District.

Elementary: Ardenwald Elementary School
Middle School: Alder Creek Middle School
High School: Milwaukee High School

Johnson Creek Neighborhood Vibe

Johnson Creek parallels the major north/south thoroughfare, McLoughlin Blvd, and has an urban-surburban vibe yet it’s dotted with parks and natural areas that offer quiet reprieve from the city’s bustle. Many of the neighborhood’s residents are young professionals who commute to work via car, mass transit, or bicycle.

Johnson Creek Neighborhood Stats

Zip code 97222

Crime Stats

Johnson Creek Neighborhood Real Estate and Homes

Homes in this quaint neighborhood range from small mid-century ranches to large Victorians and Old Portland styles, build between 1940 and 1969, with others built between 1970 and 1999.

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