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Portland Parks & Recreation, Downtown Neighborhood Association Celebrate Installation of Bronze Plaques in the South Park Blocks

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South Parks Blocks Recognized in the National Register of Historic Places
Bronze Plaques: The South Park Blocks has been placed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
Bronze plaques to be placed in Schemanski Park.

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will install two bronze plaques, one at each end of the South Park Blocks, in recognition of the Blocks’ official listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The first plaque will be installed in Shemanski Park at 11am on May 7, 2024. Those responsible for the listing will be recognized. 

The Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association worked with a group of community volunteers to lead and complete the nomination process, and the historical designation was made official in 2022. The association has donated the plaques to the City of Portland. The National Register is maintained by the U.S. National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

Dedicated in 1852 as Portland’s first official open public space, the 12-block greenspace serves as a spine connecting downtown’s Cultural and University Districts. Seventeen years later, the City of Portland commissioned European horticulturalist Louis Pfunder for the landscape plan featuring deciduous trees in five axial rows, or allées, forming an overarching canopy of green. The park remains one of Portland's most distinctive, valued, and significant historic open spaces—a place for respite and enjoyment of all.

Learn more on the South Park Blocks webpage