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Director Park, Portland

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Director Park is a city park in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. Opened in 2009 at a cost of $9.5 million, it covers a 700-space underground parking garage, which connects underground to the Fox Tower and the Park Avenue West Tower. Located in downtown on Southwest Park Avenue, the nearly half-acre urban park lacks any natural areas and contains little vegetation.Features at the park include a fountain, artworks, a cafe, and a distinctive glass canopy. Director Park was designed by Laurie Olin of the design firm OLIN, and the Portland-based architectural firm ZGF Architects. The park is part of what had originally been planned as a corridor of consecutive public parks stretching across downtown Portland. This plan included what are today the South Park Blocks and the North Park Blocks. Proposals to connect the two sets of park blocks arose in the 1970s, and in 1998 businessman Tom Moyer made a proposal for what became Director Park. Planning began in the mid-2000s, and construction began in 2008.HistoryDaniel H. Lownsdale reserved the Park Blocks for public use in his 1848 platting of Portland, but didn't actually donate land to the city. As historian E. Kimbark MacColl stated, "By no stretch of the imagination could he be cited as a 'philanthropist.' He was greedy like most of his partners.... The record is clear: Daniel Lownsdale was a visionary but shifty character whose land speculation helped to spawn more litigation in Portland than in any other western city of comparable size." Chet Orloff wrote an editorial in 2001 stating "six crucial blocks were lost to greed, government reluctance, poor estate planning and an adverse court decision."
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  • A few blocks away from Pioneer Square is this fun common area.  Not much to the fountain area, seen much more interesting in several cities, but was fun watching two gentlemen playing on the life size...  more »
  • A nice city park with free Wi-Fi. Go to elephants café for some takeout food. There are tables usually available. Sometimes there are performances or outdoor chess. Good people watching.  more »
  • When enjoying downtown Portland, OR, Director Park is a must-visit destination! This well-designed buzzing urban hub has fun water features for children (and adults, of course!) to splash around in an...  more »
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  • Has been and continues to be one of my favorite people watching parks in Portland. It's a gorgeous well-kept place with plenty of tables to eat your lunch from the food carts, a stunning glass overhang that lights up beautifully after dusk, and you can usually find some type of performance here on any given day during the summer which is exciting. Absolutely love this oasis in the city.
  • Great place to hang out with friends. Lots of good restaurants, such as piology, near here. Cool fountains, a nice chair, giant chest board, and lots of outdoor seating. Also, going to the bottom of the parking garage under the park is always fun. 5 stars.
  • I love coming here. You can bring something to eat and sit down. Buy food from nearby. People watch. Kids can get wet during the summer.
  • Beautiful music made together when the heroic efforts of push-pull are involved. Veggie food free from the internaltional collect.,but too much materialism for my taste.
  • I like to eat lunch in this park. It's perfect when the weather is nice because of the fountain and ample seating with tables. But, the covered area is nice even when the weather is not nice.
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