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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 incomplete 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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  • 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 »
  • This spot in the centre of Portland offers a great fountain for kids to play. This is surrounded by eateries for hamburgers, salads, coffee and other drinks. Sit down and relax.  more »
  • This is a nice urban Park with free Wi-Fi. It seems like it would be a good place to take young children to briefly play in the fountain. Elephants in the Fox Tower is an excellent place for food.  more »
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  • Again, this is a plaza bit a park! The trees lining its perimeter will never offer sufficient shade for cooling, making the somewhat cool fountain/wading pool of limited use to all but lizards and children. If I see those rotten califecal misters installed at Elephants I'll know it's past time for me to move.
  • Nice little city block square with an elephants delicatessen up top and under street parking. There's also a giant chess board and a wading pool for kiddos. Perfect place to relax and eat.
  • In the heart of Portland's downtown. A great place to meet. The kids can play at the fountain. Great restaurants around.
  • Beautiful park in the middle of downtown. I've played giant chess and watched a free aerial show here. They seem to have shows and events often.
  • I enjoy the surrounding. It is a place of sanctuary when you want to unwind before or after work & get a bite to eat at the food carts that is located on SW 4th Ave. / Washington st. It's not too far! Plus, there is WiFi. A+ for me! Beautiful Portland. Oxox

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