The Park Blocks- both North and South- were both included in the original design of the city of Portland, and they really have turned into two amazing parks. The South Park Blocks runs for a total of twelve blocks, each one containing a different piece of public art. The art includes both traditional pieces like statues of Teddy Roosevelt and President Lincoln, to more modernist ones. While I may not agree with each art installment, the parks are for the public as a whole so it feels appropriate many different art styles are featured. Walking south through the park, there is a whole range of cultural institutions including the Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland’s Art Museum, and the Oregon History Museum. The park terminates in Portland State University where the area has been converted to a pedestrian only zone. It serves me both as a place to sit back with a book and as a tree filled way to walk north-south through the city. Over its history, Portland has done great work with its parks; to see one of the parks that started that history, a visit to the South Park Blocks is highly recommended.
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