North Park Blocks

Dedicated by: Captain John Couch | City: Portland, OR | Project Type: public art, park blocks, linear park
Date Visited: 12.13.12

Locations: NW Park Ave from Ankeny St to Glisan St
Size: 3.11 acres
Official Opening Date: 1869

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During the latter half of the 1800s, linear parkways began developing in downtown Portland, starting with the South Park Blocks, which marked some of the first park properties in the city. A few years later, the North Park Blocks were conceived as a continuation of its predecessor. These park blocks link the downtown area with the NW Pearl District.

Like the South Park Blocks, trees were planted in formal rows along the North Park Blocks. Big leaf maples and black locusts were flanked by rows of American elms on the street edges.

In October 2002, a 12-foot bronze sculpture titled Da Tung & Xi’an Bao Bao was gifted and installed in the North Park blocks by Chinese businessman Huo Baozhu. This famous sculpture is a large-scale replica of a wine pitcher from the late Shang Dynasty (1200-1100 BC) and features a young elephant standing on the back of his father’s back, a symbol of universal peace and prosperous offspring.

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