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!