July 30, 2019
Today, Nick spoke at the grand re-opening of the Portland Open Space Sequence.
The project included the historic restoration of four public plazas and fountains – Ira Keller Fountain Park, Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain Park, and the Source Fountain.
The event celebrated the City’s public-private partnership with the Halprin Landscape Conservancy. The Conservancy, made up of a group of adjacent building owners and other local leaders, has been instrumental in raising over $4 million to restore the fountains and plazas.
Today’s celebration also included a parade and series of “mini ribbon-cuttings” at each park.
Special thanks to Halprin Landscape Conservancy Executive Director Karen Whitman and the Conservancy Board of Directors; local leaders John Russell, Bill Naito, and Randy Gragg who were the founders of the Conservancy and have been longtime advocates of the fountains; the dedicated Parks employees who worked on this project, especially Sandra Burtzos and Dave Obern; and Lawrence Halprin and his team for designing one of the great sequences of urban plazas and fountains in the world.