Community-led plazas are a key component of PBOT’s Safe Streets Initiative, PBOT’s Covid-19 response framework. As Portland begins to emerge from the pandemic, the bureau will continue its work connecting communities and supporting economic recovery and reinvestment as we work toward a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future.
Additional plaza locations are still in various stages of planning and are expected to open over the course of the summer. Follow PBOT on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest updates on new plazas and events.
Dream Street Plaza
A Black-centered Space for community and microenterprise in historic Albina, opened on May 15 and will continue to run every Saturday throughout the summer months. The Dream Street Plaza, now in its second year, is located on the 300 Block of NE Sumner Street, just west of NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Madison Street Plaza at the Portland Art Museum
Opening on June 18, Madison Street Plaza will feature local Black radio station The Numberz FM which is continuing its partner residency with the Portland Art Museum. The Numberz FM is the anchor of this new community plaza opening this summer on SW Madison Street in the South Park Blocks in front of the Portland Art Museum.
The Montavilla Plaza, located on SE 79th Ave north of SE Stark Street, is a public space for all to enjoy. Hosted by the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA), the plaza will feature music throughout the summer.
North Park Blocks Plaza
The North Park Blocks Plaza at NW Park Avenue near NW Flanders Street, opening on June 4, will be host to the Vanport Mosaic Festival, weekend Rose City Rollers Skate Mobile events and My People's Market in August. This plaza is supported by Prosper Portland.
NW 13th Avenue Plaza
The NW 13th Ave Plaza, active now, features local restaurants with outdoor seating and continues to host First Thursday art vending and activities. Future enhancements are expected to support neighborhood and community activities in the plaza throughout the summer.
The Parkrose Marketplace, located at NE 108th Avenue just of NE Sandy Boulevard in the Historic Parkrose neighborhood, is being led by Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative and community volunteers. The Marketplace will serve as a community platform for local entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses, whether it's a hobbyist wanting to take it to the next level or a growing business that is going from online to in-person marketing and everything in between. The Parkrose Marketplace will have over 60 vendors, as well as live music and a beer and wine garden put on by local purveyors. The plaza will be open monthly on weekends through fall 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 26-27, July 24-25, Aug. 21-22, Sept. 25-26, and Oct. 23-24.
The Pride Plaza at SW 12th Ave and Harvey Milk Street, opening July 4th weekend, will be a new LGBTQ+ friendly neighborhood gathering space with street art, public seating, communities activities and expanded space for businesses into the street.
Tilikum Plaza at SE 2nd Place and Caruthers at Tilikum Crossing, opening on June 5, will feature public seating, background music, weekend Rose City Rollers Skate Mobile events, and local vendors, with pop up events hosted by Portland Opera and other community organizations. This plaza is supported by Prosper Portland.