Parks and Rec News

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Portland Parks, Past and Present


Presenter: Jeff Tarling, Portland City Arborist, Ethan Hipple, Parks Director

Location: Ocean Gateway

Time and Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 7:00pm--8:30pm

Description: Join Portland Parks staff for a slideshow of Portland’s Parks, past and present. Utilizing vintage photos from the parks archives, attendees will see the evolution of these vital public spaces. In some cases, the spaces were preserved as parks before they were fully developed (such as the Eastern Prom), while in other cases, public spaces have undergone multiple stages of development before reaching their current status as a park. For instance, what is now Congress Square Park was once a boarding house, then a bustling Walgreens soda fountain, then a Dunkin Donuts that was a magnet for illicit activity and prostitution, then finally taken by eminent domain to become a public square in the 1980’s. On the other hand, the Western Prom was preserved as a park while much of the surrounding land was still agricultural or vacant, and today staff are working to restore some of the historic views there. This slideshow will tell many of these evolving stories as we explore through the ages to see the Portland of past and present. 

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