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Community stakeholders and the general public commented on three draft design options for the South Park Blocks Master Plan. Read the Community Engagement Summary here to learn about outreach activities, meetings and events.
Comments from the community will help the design team understand the strongest elements of the draft concepts to use in creating a preferred design for the South Park Blocks.The draft preferred design will be shared with the community later in the spring for review and comment.
This second stage of engagement included two meetings of the Community Advisory Committee, stakeholder discussions, focus groups with Portland State University and St. Mary's Academy students, consultations with the Parks Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Native American Community Advisory Council. Portland Parks & Recreation partnered with the PSU Farmers Market to host a Community Gathering and Market Booth in November, followed by a month-long comment period.
Earlier community engagement focused on visioning to understand existing conditions, how visitors currently use the park, and identify park assets, issues and opportunities. The draft design concepts were drawn from this first stage of engagement and reflect community priorities, needs and ideas. Learn more about what we learned from the community during the visioning stage here.
Portland Parks & Recreation has begun to shape the future of the South Park Blocks; one of Portland’s oldest and most popular parks. Rows of tall trees, native plantings, and colorful roses will remain key features, while we consider updates to make the blocks more welcoming and accessible for all visitors.
This 12-block greenspace stretches north from the campus of Portland State University, serving as a front yard for residents and businesses of the Cultural District. The park hosts vibrant community events and programs for Portlanders and regional visitors throughout the year.
A vision is needed to address challenges and changes in the park:
How can we best protect and enhance the tree canopy?
What improvements will make the blocks more welcoming and accessible for all visitors?
How can we retain the character of this greenspace while enhancing connections for walkers, cyclists and transit riders?
What changes will support vibrant community events like the Portland Farmers Market throughout the year?
Click here to learn more about the South Park Blocks Master Plan Project.
Over the next year, we will be performing technical investigations of the park and seeking your ideas and input to develop design options and plan recommendations. The three phases of the master planning process are shown below.
Click here to read the background report Existing Conditions, Issues and Opportunities.
Do you have ideas to improve the South Park Blocks? We want to hear from you! Your thoughts and suggestions are an important part of the process.
Read the reports of community comments that have informed the design process so far:
Barbara Hart, Community Engagement Representative
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Tate White, Project Manager
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