A public plaza in the heart of downtown Portland, small in scale (.46 acres!) but packed full of impressive features: a wading pool, covered seating area with movable chairs, cafe, public restrooms, and a gaming area, all connected to the street at the same level and managed by a friendly caretaker to boot. Truly an urban park for the people.
Ira Keller Fountain Video: This 1 acre downtown Portland Fountain from 1970 may not be the most classicallly beautifully thing ever, but it does evoke the crashing Oregon streams and rivers nearby and is a wonderful place to passively engage with (reading a book) or actively engage with (splashing around). Well designed into the site it is a great little pocket amid the 70's ...more »
Public square in Portland, OR's Pearl District. Opened 2002. Busy and popular public spaces with great enclosure from surrounding buildings.