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Getting There

Swift banner 2Chapman Elementary School and Wallace Park are west of NW 25th Avenue between NW Pettygrove and NW Raleigh.

Parking
Swift Watch parking is now available at Montgomery Park, located six blocks from Chapman at 2701 NW Vaughn St. Nearby, on-street parking is in short supply: For several blocks around the school, on-street parking is usually full by 6 p.m. Remember, it is illegal to double-park or block driveways!

Traffic
On Pettygrove Street, DO NOT DRIVE PAST 26th AND UP THE HILL - it is a dead end, making it difficult and dangerous for turn-around traffic. All parking spots are taken by very early in the evening. 

Public transportation
The Portland Streetcar and bus line 15 travel within two blocks of Wallace Park. To plan your route, visit TriMet's Trip Planner and enter NW Pettygrove and NW 25th Ave in the “To:” field.

Bike
Ride your bike, but be thoughtful and courteous about where you leave it. 

  • Use the school bike racks. 
  • Group your bikes together and lock them out of the way of prime swift-watching seats.  
  • Ask permission before parking bikes on private property, and don’t be offended if permission is not given - you may be the 100th person to have asked. 
  • Do not block the street with bikes.

Walk
Plan to meet your friends somewhere nearby and then walk over. Vaux’s Swifts gather all over northwest Portland in the hour leading up to sunset. Even a half-mile away, just look up and you’ll see and hear hundreds of swifts making their way towards the school.

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