Pioneer Park & Pioneer Park Cemetery

An image of the large playground at Pioneer Park.

Address: 400 NW Despain Avenue

One of Pendleton's oldest parks, this shady spot is best known for its large castle-like play structure. Rebuilt in June 2013 after an arson fire destroyed the original structure in fall 2012, the playground is bigger and better than ever. Also on site are a bandstand, restrooms, electricity, a BBQ grill, drinking fountain, and picnic tables. The bandstand was restored through a collaboration with Pendleton Center for the Arts' "Art Rocks Teens" program at the same time as the playground was rebuilt.

Parks Amenities:

  • Restroom: ADA compliant restrooms available 
  • Drinking Fountain: Yes
  • Parking: Limited off-street parking and several options for street parking

Park Features:

  • Restored Bandstand
  • Very large open grassy area
  • One Reservable Shelter (see below)

Pioneer Park Shelter Reserve Online

  • Located in between the playground and restrooms
  • Picnic tables and one charcoal barbeque
    • Bring your own charcoal and clean after use
  • Electricity

Pioneer Park Cemetery

Image showing pioneer park cemetery tree line and memorial bench.

The west half of the park contains Pioneer Park Cemetery, originally Pendleton Cemetery, closed in 1891. While only a handful of headstones remain, there are about 100 burials throughout the site. For more information on Pioneer Park Cemetery, you will find an interpretive sign on the NW Despain side of the park. There are also several archival records available through Friends of Olney and the Pendleton Public Library.

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