This project includes the historic restoration of the four parks within the Portland Open Space Sequence – Keller Fountain Park, Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain Park, and the Source Fountain.
Portland Parks & Recreation will be restoring these historic fountains and parks:
KELLER FOUNTAIN PARK
- Restore site and fountain lighting, such as mast lighting, recessed wall, and step lighting
- Replace concrete walkway sections that are significantly lifting, cracking, settling or damaged
- Repair and replace handrails to improve accessibility
- Clean fountain structure
- Restore and repair concrete in vertical walls and basins
- Replace fountain grates that create tripping hazards
- Repair and clear existing stormwater line
- Upgrade site drainage system to reduce water runoff
- Repair stormwater drainage system including:
- New catch basin covers
- Rehabilitate existing stormwater lines and add new lines to reduce water runoff
LOVEJOY FOUNTAIN PARK
- Restore recessed wall and step lighting
- Revise electrical equipment to meet PGE safety standards and improve energy efficiency
- Remove and replace leaning trees that have damaged the surrounding paving
- Replace concrete walkway sections that are significantly lifting, settling, or damaged
- Rehabilitate control room ventilation system
- Repair and clear stormwater drainage system to reduce water runoff
- Replace or repair broken or leaking pipes
- Rebuild fountain vault wall
- Clear blocked stormwater lines and install new trench drains
PROJECT UPDATE - June 2018
Now that the construction documentation, permitting, and bidding processes are completed, construction began in June 2018.
Keller Fountain Park:
To begin the first phase of repairs, the fountain was turned off on June 25, 2018 to restore the fountain's concrete basin and walls. The park and plaza will remain open to the public during this phase of work, which will continue through the month of July. We anticipate turning the fountain back on in early August.
In phase two, crews will turn the fountain of again and close the entire park in early September to complete the project. During this time, some pedestrian walkways adjacent to the park on SW 3rd and 4th Avenues, and SW Clay and SW Market Streets will be intermittently closed. Alternative pedestrian routes around active work zones will be established. This phase of work is anticipated to be completed by late November 2018.
The final phase will begin April 2019, when crews put the final touches on the restored fountain and plaza. This work will not significantly impact the public’s access to the park or adjacent streets.
Lovejoy Fountain Park:
Crews will turn off the fountain, close the entire park, and set up construction fencing on July 23, 2018 to begin work. During this time, some pedestrian walkways adjacent to the park on the SW 2nd and 3rd Avenue pedestrian malls will be intermittently closed. Alternative pedestrian routes around the active work zones will be established. We anticipate reopening the park between late Fall 2018 and early Winter 2019.
The final phase will begin in April 2019, when crews put the final touches on the restored fountain and plaza. This work will not significantly impact the public’s access to the park.
The Source Fountain:
Work is anticipated to begin in Spring/Summer 2019.
Work is anticipated to begin between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.
City Council approved formation of Portland Open Space Sequence Local Improvement District (LID)
PP&R hired design team, led by PLACE Studio, to take drawings from 30% Design to 100%
Spring 2017 – Spring 2018
PP&R hired Construction Manager/General Contractor - Stacy and Witbeck. Construction documents, permitting, and subcontractor bidding completed.
Summer 2018 – Summer 2019 - anticipated construction sequence
Keller Fountain Park Construction
- Late June – Early August 2018
Phase 1 – Fountain concrete repairs (limited areas of park open)
- September – November 2018
Phase 2 - Park and fountain restoration (park closed)
- April – May 2019
Phase 3 - Finishing work (limited areas of park open)
Lovejoy Fountain Park Construction
- July – October 2018
Phase - 1 – Park and fountain restoration (park closed)
- April – May 2019
Phase 2 - Finishing work (limited areas of park open)
Pettygrove Park Construction
- April – May 2019
Pettygrove Park – park restoration (park closed)
Source Fountain Construction
- March - April 2019
Fountain restoration (fountain area closed)
Over 50 years ago, the Portland Development Commission (PDC), now Prosper Portland, took the bold step of redeveloping a 55-block swath of the city as its first urban renewal project in the South Auditorium Urban Renewal Area. In what would become a tradition of making public spaces an intrinsic part of modern Portland’s urban fabric, the PDC set aside three full blocks and a series of adjoining streets for parks and garden-lined pedestrian walks. To design the ensemble, PDC hired one of the most visionary landscape architecture firms of the 20th century: Lawrence Halprin and Associates.
The Source Fountain, Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park, Forecourt Fountain (later renamed Ira Keller Fountain), and the adjacent pedestrian malls were collectively dubbed by Halprin as the Portland Open Space Sequence (the “Sequence”). Their design and construction changed the history of American urban space, pioneering a path from passive parks and squares to a more dynamic, participatory merging of parks and art.
The mission of the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, a non-profit organization formed in 2001, is to honor and preserve the Sequence by increasing awareness of the Sequence as an important city and national cultural resource, improving the Sequence according to the original vision of Lawrence Halprin, and assuring the Sequence's upkeep at the level of a residential garden. Since its formation, the Conservancy has worked with the City, surrounding stakeholders, and donors to carry out several aspects of this mission.
The Conservancy submitted a nomination to the National Parks Service, and the Sequence was designated as a National Historic Registry District on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2013. The Conservancy is pursuing a National Historic Landmark designation at the National Park Service for the Sequence, which will recognize the international significance of the Sequence and its architects.
Thanks to a 1979 ordinance, various city bureaus have had responsibility for the operation and maintenance of various elements of the Sequence. However, over time, simple aging along with deferred maintenance due to City budgeting challenges, have left the plazas and fountains in dire need of care and restoration. The City recognized the international significance of the Sequence and wanted to seek additional support through charitable contributions and participation by the community. The City recognized the contributions of the Conservancy in support of these goals and the Council adopted Ordinance No. 184646 on June 8, 2011, authorizing an agreement with Halprin Landscape Conservancy to fundraise and undertake repair and maintenance of the fountains and surrounding park areas in the Portland Open Space Sequence.
In December 2016, the City of Portland worked with the Conservancy to generate local support and create a voluntary local improvement district to restore the historic fountains and plazas. $2.15 million will be provided by the LID and $1.7 million by the City of Portland for the Portland Open Space Sequence Restoration Project.
Sandra Burtzos, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-823-5594
Public Involvement Coordinator
Christine Egan, email@example.com, 503-823-5596