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“Portland knows its parks”
Review of South Park Blocks

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“Portland knows its parks”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

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.

Visited May 2014
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“Filled with beautiful trees ....”
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!

Visited June 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Great Parks Make a Great City”
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.

Visited June 2012
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“Nice shady park between two small streets”
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!

Visited September 2011
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“Just a street”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

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

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