Friends of Congress Square Park
595 Congress Street
Friends of Congress Square Park (FoCSP) is the non-profit place manager of Congress Square Park dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and use of this important public space at the heart of Portland’s Arts District. Established in 2013, FoCSP seeks to build community and to create a vibrant public gathering place through community-led creative placemaking. We advance our mission through three primary placemaking initiatives: 1) our In the Square programming featuring over 125 free public events and activities from May through October, 2) by providing free public amenities, including colorful café tables, Adirondack chairs, benches, Wi-Fi, shade umbrellas, and landscaping, and 3) our Park Steward program, which engages neighbors in park maintenance and programming to encourage a sense of shared ownership of the space, and in doing so, to foster neighborhood pride and resiliency.
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