South Park Blocks
South Park Blocks
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,528 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
An average park you will pass by if you are checking in and out of some of the museum in Portland. It did not look entirely safe due to some homeless people
Written 30 August 2023
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA883 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is a pretty park between Pioneer Courthouse square and the PSU Farmers Market. So, definitely na pretty place to walk between these locations. However, we were turned off by the number of homeless people in the park, some of whom were very noisy.
Written 18 August 2023
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MenciusSchmencius
Portland, OR39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
In reviewing Tanner Springs Park (5 stars), I mentioned the fact that most parks are anti-nature. The South Park Blocks is a prime example of a park with an anti-nature orientation. Except for a small area with native plants, the park is block after block of desolate, lifeless mud flats, interspersed with trees. The intention is to have lawns around the trees, but grass doesn't grow under the trees due to the shade. Nature wants to grow a forest with a diverse understory, but the parks people keep fighting her to grow grass. So instead of letting the dropped leaves and twigs build up a healthy soil community, they remove all the organic matter. The result is desolation instead of a biodiverse community of native plants and associated insects , worms, arthropods, and birds. Considering the fact that all animals and insects are fast disappearing due to loss of habitat, shouldn't a progressive city such as Portland change its ways to support and regenerate habitat for our non-human relations? It would help ourselves as well, given the strong evidence that encounters with biodiversity support human health and flourishing.
Written 19 December 2019
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,988 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Lined with magnificent churches, historic apartments, the Portland Art Museum, Portland State University,and a few retail stores, the South Park Blocks are really beautiful all seasons of the year. It is a long but narrow span of great trees and places to sit for enjoying people watching and enjoying a slice of nature in an urban setting. anyone visiting Portland is sure to enjoy a stop here. It is also home to this Saturday’s farmers market!
Written 3 June 2019
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adalbert3
Newport Beach, CA5,335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Nice place for a quiet stroll or a location for some relaxed reading. This tree covered slice of Portland borders the art museum and is close to the Concert Hall. There are statues of Teddy Roosevelt, Rough Rider and Abraham Lincoln. In addition, one can take in the "Brushstrokes" sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein outside the art museum as you walk through the trees. The First Congregational Church borders the park---it has interesting architecture. It was very quiet and empty the Sunday afternoon when I visited---which made it all the more attractive.
Written 11 August 2018
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Linda D
Portland, ME2,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Nice small tree covering park with monuments. Portland seems to have a homeless problem.The homeless are abundant with tents and all.
Written 7 May 2018
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Bryan H
Portland, OR1,790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
If you start at Salmon street and walk south up a slight incline, you will enjoy the tree canopy, especially in the fall when the trees are quite breath-taking. I would disagree with the couple of reviewers who are disgusted with the homeless situation there. Most of the time, the homeless hanging out on the benches are few in number. I have walked this route hundreds of times over the years, and it is a nice path, a nice change from walking on the typical street in downtown. You pass a good many churches, a couple museums before hitting the PSU campus. But keep going! This part of the campus is beautiful, and why not see the bustling studious life? This South Park Blocks are a lot less "seedy" than there North Park Block counterparts, which I wouldn't suggest to the faint-hearted. Oh, and the farmers market here is quite popular!
Written 23 June 2017
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RSNN
Portland, OR6,303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
The South Park Blocks are twelve park blocks that run from Portland State University North. The park is filled with benches for people to relax and enjoy a bit of nature within the concrete jungle. A place to get away from the daily grind of the city and let your hair down and enjoy the best of what civilization has to offer.

There is the Portland Art Museum. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Oregon Historical Society and their museum. And Several churches that all line the South Park Blocks on its east and west sides.

There are also several examples of art on display in the park. You can even find statues of two American presidents. A grim Abraham Lincoln stands in one block. And Teddy Roosevelt on horseback from his old rough riding days is riding high just south of him.

There is even a Farmers Market during the summer months in the South Park Blocks.

And at times, it may appear as if the South Park Blocks has become a haven for the Homeless. Safety in numbers?
Written 26 March 2017
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ThomasTCat
St. Louis, MO784 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
We were told that this area was a great place to see beautiful, Victorian style homes so we took the MAX and ventured downtown. Boy, were we ever mislead! Homeless people everywhere we looked. Yes, there were some beautiful statues, but we couldn't walk into the parks because there were literally homeless people camped out and sleeping practically on top of each other. There would have been nowhere to walk even if we wanted to. Portland State University is in this area, but when we did pass the college students, they were always jogging in groups. It's not an area where you would want to venture out alone. We walked the entire South Park Blocks wondering when we were going to find all the beautiful homes that we were told about, but we beat a hasty retreat out of that area before it started to get dark and never did find those houses.
Written 29 September 2016
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Enhan
Singapore329 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I enjoy parks. Parks are supposed to be safe, peaceful and allows people to rest and enjoy the scenery. But not South Park Blocks. They are far too many homeless people loitering around this park and it needs to be maintained.
Written 28 August 2016
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