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Portland Parks & Recreation, Halprin Conservancy Celebrate Partnership on Historic Lovejoy Fountain Restoration


Partners Join Forces on Further Projects

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Halprin Landscape Conservancy (HLC) announce a major milestone in the restoration project at internationally-recognized Lovejoy Fountain. PP&R and HLC have completed the structural stabilization of Lovejoy Fountain’s architecturally dynamic shelter, through a public-private partnership. PP&R and HLC are laying the groundwork to perform further restoration work on the plaza and fountain in the future.

“Designed by the renowned architect Charles Moore in collaboration with Lawrence Halprin and Associates, the shelter is an important and integral part of the plaza,” says Halprin Conservancy president Randy Gragg. “It calls to mind an abstract sense of a high mountain backdrop to the cascading fountain plaza. The Halprin Landscape Conservancy is delighted to help in revitalizing the structurally unique and innovative shelter.”

Lovejoy Fountain is part of the Portland Open Space Sequence, an interconnected series of urban plazas designed by Halprin to evoke a metaphorical watershed. The HLC spearheaded the effort and worked with PP&R to stabilize the structure and refurbish the fountain shelter’s pillars. The HLC worked to find private funding through the CH2M Hill Foundation to help make the fountain restoration possible.

“We are very thankful to the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, and to HLC board member David Knowles,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “David secured a pivotal $20,000 contribution from the CH2M Hill Foundation to make up a shortfall and extend the restoration to the beautiful, tile drinking fountain and benches. His efforts allowed this project to move forward. Portland Parks & Recreation extends our sincere thanks.”

Join us for a celebration of the important first-phase restoration of the architecturally dynamic shelter at the internationally recognized Lovejoy Fountain, completed through the partnership of Portland Parks & Recreation and the Halprin Landscape Conservancy.

WHAT: Celebrate a major milestone of the restoration of Lovejoy Fountain’s shelter, a Portland gem, with Portland Parks & Recreation and Halprin Landscape Conservancy. Brief remarks from partners and a ribbon-cutting.

WHERE: Lovejoy Fountain, SW 3rd Ave & Harrison St.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12, at 3pm

WHO: Join friends and partners, including Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz (invited), PP&R Director Mike Abbaté, and Halprin Conservancy President Randy Gragg to applaud the restoration of a seminal work of design and an important public-private partnership.

Halprin Landscape Conservancy shares PP&R’s goal of creating and maintaining safe places for rest, reflection and play across our city. Both groups promote our natural landscape as inspiration for park design, and celebrate the parks and squares in our urban environment.

“Lovejoy Fountain and Lawrence Halprin’s other Portland works inspired a whole new way of looking at the city,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects. “And our public-private partnership with the Halprin Landscape Conservancy is a model for how government and private advocates can work together for the good of our city. Many, many thanks to the HLC and to David Knowles.”

The HLC Board recently approved a three-year business plan to complete full restoration of Lovejoy Fountain Portland and the Open Space Sequence’s other plazas—Pettygrove Park, Keller Fountain, and the Source Fountain—by June, 2016, the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lovejoy Fountain.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the City,” adds HLC President Randy Gragg. ”HLC has a vital role in pioneering the preservation of modern landscape design, and our unique local heritage in Portland.”