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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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South Park Blocks Master Plan

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The Future of South Park Blocks

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?

Thank you to all who shared comments on the design concepts!
Your feedback will help PP&R refine the concepts into a preferred park design. The preferred design will be shared for community review and comment in the spring. 

The master plan will create a vision for the South Park Blocks that:

  • Honors cultural history while updating amenities and utilities to better serve residents and visitors 
    now and into the future;
  • Enhances gathering spaces for community events and programs like the Portland Farmers Market;
  • Connects neighbors in the Cultural and University Districts, and links institutions like
    Portland State University, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Portland Art Museum;
  • Improves transportation connections, signage and safety, including links to the future Green Loop
    for pedestrians and cyclists; and
  • Nurtures the health of the historic tree canopy with new plantings to sustain the natural character
    of green spaces.

**The Green Loop is a linear park that connects people to places within and beyond Portland's downtown neighborhoods and the Willamette River. Learn more.

Planning Process

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.

How You Can Participate

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.


Barbara Hart, Community Engagement Representative   |   

Tate White, Project Manager   |   503-823-6005