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Portland Parks & Recreation welcomes proposals for activities, small businesses at Ankeny Square


Winning endeavors will pay only $1 per year for the space

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is looking for partners/vendors to help activate (hold activities and events at) Ankeny Square in the North Park Blocks, located at NW Ankeny and W Burnside. Successful proposers will pay only $1 a year (for up to two years) to rent the park space.  PP&R welcomes creative ideas for cultural, retail and other possible endeavors at this bustling central city plaza.  Proposals are due by April 20, 2016.

The idea for more cool happenings at the square came from neighbors and businesses surrounding the park, and is fully supported by Portland Parks & Recreation. PP&R would like to create positive experiences for the neighborhood and for visitors to the North Park Blocks.  Across the PP&R system, programmed activities are found to create a vibrant, engaging, and positive environment for parks and neighborhoods.  The bureau also suggests that this opportunity may also provide a way for micro-businesses to generate revenue.

More information on the Ankeny Square endeavor, including instructions on how to apply and the evaluation criteria, can be found on our website here.

PP&R hopes that the Request For Interest (RFI) encourages a competitive environment for this exciting opportunity.  The bureau welcomes multiple proposals and is open to accepting several which could work in conjunction with each other (events/activities which could operate on different days, seasons, etc.) The RFI is designed to give all who may be interested an opportunity to suggest public-private partnerships, including those for permits or lease agreements depending on the nature of the response.

Ankeny Square is located between West Burnside and SW Ankeny, and between SW 8th Ave and SW Park Ave on the edge of the Pearl District in downtown Portland. Ankeny Square sits at the southern end of Portland's historic North Park Blocks, and has long been an integral part of downtown life.  One of the city’s oldest public spaces, the North Park Blocks were dedicated to the City by Captain John Couch (yep, like the street!) in 1869.

This week, several maintenance crews including carpenters, painters, electrical and mechanical workers are sprucing up the PP&R buildings in Ankeny Square. Fencing is expected to be up for around two weeks as crews clean, paint, and shine up this historic space. 

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