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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • Just saw the Tonya Harding movie Theater very clean and modern. The movie is very enjoyable and entertaining. The only thing about going to downtown Portland is being in traffic on the way home.
  • Really enjoy coming here in the summer with the family. We can splash in the fountain, listen to some tunes, grab a snack from the kiosk, then stroll over to the library for story time for the kiddos. The oversized chess board is fun to let the kids play with. Definitely need to keep a close eye on your belongings here. Sometimes kids do get rowdy with the water splashing, which is to be expected.
  • Very nice place to visit! Clean and relaxing, one park attendant name Spencer goes out of his way to make sure your visit is a great experience, I recommend a stop at director park grab a bite to eat play a game of chess and get ready for another awesome place to visit!!
  • Great architecturally but not too functional of a spot. The chairs and tables are way too small for people to sit and do meaningful work. It's in a great spot in the city
  • Not the typical park with grass and trees. This park has a fountain kids can play in, a giant chess board, a dance floor and band pavilion, and places to sit like chairs and benches. Great for events. I was there for tango in the park. Fun!

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