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Review of South Park Blocks

South Park Blocks
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Using a good map we just stumbled on this narrow green space walking around the core of downtown Portland. It is such a pleasant way to see some amazing architecture throughout this beautiful city.

We wanted to see the landmark bell tower atop the First Congregational Church and noticed the narrow green corridor across the road. The church’s Italianate Gothic style architecture appeared indicative of other buildings around this particular 'block’. It felt like the cultural heart of the city with a museum, concert hall and several churches. The North Blocks in comparison seemed liked a busy thoroughfare and gathering place for the community.

South Blocks is fairly exposed so rainy days would a bit miserable sitting on the benches.That aside, strolling along the paths around South Blocks we saw garden beds, period lighting, fountains, historical areas, statues, public art and superb architecture. The two more interesting sculptures are of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

However, it's the numbers of beautiful trees laid out in uniform patterns which overshadows these man made objects.They are the most prominent natural feature and the perfect reason to visit South Blocks. Here you feel somewhat removed from the drone of traffic a couple of streets over. It would be a great place to bring some lunch (weather permitting) and have the trees and serenity as company.

Enjoy your visit!

Thank Globebugs
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

I live two blocks from the South Park Blocks which stretch from Portland State University on the south to Salmon Street -- about 8 or 9 blocks. The Portland Art Museum, the Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Oregon Historical Society and the Performing Arts Center are all bordering these wonderful, shady blocks. I use the park blocks daily.

1  Thank Gary K
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We had been lucky to see a motor show the day we visited the South Park Blocks.
The Park was well maintained, with trees and flowers. We liked the statue "Theodore Roosevelt - Rough Rider" and the First Congregational Church (seen from the outside).
There are much more sculptures to visit and it´s fun to walk along.
We had been too late to visit the Portland Farmer´s Market (Saturday 8.30 am - 2 p.m.) between SW Hall and Montgomery. Perhaps next time!

Thank AndreaLeverkusen
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

They just a few streets with some benches in the middle... nothing special...

Thank HippieStarFish
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Reviewed July 26, 2006

The South Park Blocks aren't a tourist attraction in the strictest sense, but they're one of the parts of Portland that I remember most fondly. The park itself is pretty much just a standard city park: grass, trees, flowers,benches, a statue or two. It was the park's entire setting, the overall milieu, so to speak-----geez, this sounds pretentious-----that charmed me. The park is only one block wide and about six blocks long. Along it's lengthwise sides it's lined with a number of handsome old apartment buildings, as well as churches, a museum and I-don't-remember-what-all. (It's been a while since I was there.) It kind of reminded me of New York's Central Park, but in miniature. A bit of (carefully tended) nature in the heart ot the city. There are coffeehouses, cafes and small stores located on the ground floor of a number of the apartment houses, giving the streets a certain vitality. Maybe it's a better neighborhood for living than for visiting. I guess I wouldn't go out of my way to see it, but if you're in downtown Portland there's a good chance you'll be passing through it anyway. You might want to linger for a bit.

5  Thank booradley2
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