Pettygrove Park

Pettygrove Park is a city park in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States.[1] It is the second park in a series of urban open spaces designed by American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin in the South Auditorium District urban renewal area. The soft mounds of landscaping are responsible for the park's nickname of 'Mae West Park'.[2][3]

Pettygrove Park
The park in 2010
TypeUrban park
LocationPortland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates45°30′39″N 122°40′43″W / 45.510937°N 122.67875°W / 45.510937; -122.67875Coordinates: 45°30′39″N 122°40′43″W / 45.510937°N 122.67875°W / 45.510937; -122.67875
Area0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Operated byPortland Parks & Recreation
StatusOpen 5 a.m. to midnight daily

Description and historyEdit

A winter view of the park

Pettygrove Park is bounded on all sides by pedestrian malls, which connect to other parks, including Keller Fountain Park and Lovejoy Plaza. The park is characterized by a dense tree canopy which shades a core of internal asphalt pathways pivoting along grassy berms and basalt stone walls. At the southeast corner of the park, a reflecting pool and sculpture serve as a focal point for pedestrians.[4] The sculpture, called The Dreamer, was designed by Manuel Izquierdo and commissioned by the Portland Development Commission in 1979.[1]

The park was named for Francis Pettygrove, one of the early settlers of the Portland townsite. The same coin used by Pettygrove and settler Asa Lovejoy to determine whether the city would be named Portland or Boston was flipped to determine which park in the open-space sequence would be Lovejoy and which would be Pettygrove.[5][1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Pettygrove Park". Portland Parks & Recreation. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Barefoot in the Park". Oregon Journal. 1966-07-28.
  3. ^ Halprin, Lawrence; Anna Halprin (2009). Randy Gragg (ed.). Where the revolution began. Washington, DC: Spacemaker Press. ISBN 978-0-9824392-1-0. OCLC 449857189. wryly pointed out that Pettygrove Park's voluptuous berms had quickly earned the plaza a nickname: 'Mae West Park'
  4. ^ Halprin, Lawrence (2009). Randy Gragg (ed.). Where the revolution began. Washington, D.C.: Spacemaker Press. ISBN 978-0-9824392-1-0. OCLC 449857189.
  5. ^ O'Donnell, Terence; Vaughan, Thomas (1984). Portland: an informal history & guide. Western Imprints. ISBN 978-0-87595-104-1.