Our Park Transforms into Collaborative Artwork

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What:

FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one summer weekend, we will transform the downtown Portland North Park Blocks into a large-scale collaborative artwork, and then it’s gone, without a trace.

Full details herePhoto gallery here

When:

Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31, 2016

Where:

North Park Blocks, Portland, Oregon

How Much:

FREE! FIGMENT is a free, non-profit event, and we do not accept corporate sponsorships. We do welcome donations from individuals and non-profit groups so please donate to help us cover our event costs. We can’t do it without YOUR participation and help!

What to Bring:

Whatever you need for a day of outdoor fun!

Note: The event is rain-or-shine. If the forecast calls for rain, be prepared to hide — or dance — under porches, arches, and umbrellas while the clouds pass.

What to Expect:

Art and activities in every imaginable medium available – especially the art and activities that YOU bring! We’ll be posting a schedule of registered art and activities.

The FIGMENT Project focuses primarily on participatory art, art that builds community through sharing, and gets people to interact with one another, talk to each other, create and share experiences together. By participating, we are building important connections and weaving the social fabric that creates community.

An invitation from the Portland Bocce League

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Anyone want to get into bocce this summer? – “The Portland Bocce League is interested in maintaining a relationship with the PDNA, since our principle base of activity is at the north end of the North Park Blocks. We activate the NPB in what we believe is a positive way. We also face the difficulties presented by some park users/campers each week night. 2015 was stressful for our group, too, and left many talking about finding other venues to play bocce.

We would like to get to know other members of the Pearl District community better, and would like to participate in ongoing discussions with the City regarding conditions in the North Park Blocks.”

Ankeny Square Activation Opportunity

Ankeny Square ActivationWe’re excited to hear that Portland Parks & Recreation is soliciting proposal for Ankeny Square. Can’t beat the rent: $1/ year.

Ankeny Square is located between West Burnside and SW Ankeny, and between SW 8th Ave and SW Park Ave on the edge of the Pearl District in downtown Portland. This half-block actually sits at the southern end of Portland’s historic North Park Blocks.

Info meeting at Ankeny Square on Friday, April 8th at 1PM for Ankeny Square Activation: A Business Opportunity! PP&R staff will be available to answer your questions about this process at the optional preproposal meet on April 8th. If you are unable to attend, but have some questions, please email Trang Lam at Trang.Lam@PortlandOregon.Gov

All submittals are due on Wednesday, April 20 at 4PM.

About this Project – Request For Interest (RFI)

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) invites interest from individuals, for-profit and non-profit organizations and businesses to propose business ideas and/or programing activities that will support activation at and provide a unique identity to Ankeny Square, part of the North Park Blocks. Ankeny Square is between SW Ankeny and W Burnside Streets, as attached in Exhibit A. PP&R recognizes that an effective public-private agreement has the potential to not only generate revenue but also positively enhance the experience of park users, businesses and residents surrounding Ankeny Square as well as visitor experience to The North Park Block as a whole.

This Request For Interest (RFI) is encouraging and creating the competitive environment for new agreement(s) to be created. This RFI is designed to give all who may be interested an opportunity to suggest public-private partnerships, including those for permits or lease agreements depending on the nature of the response.

More info here

Portland Fruit Beer Festival Comes to NPB

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The Portland Fruit Beer Festival will be held at the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland for it’s sixth year this June 10-12th, 2016. This major expansion takes the fast-growing festival and increasing popularity of fruit beers to new heights from it’s old concrete home to grass, tree’s, park benches, sun and shade with more space, more beers and more ciders than ever. Tickets are now on sale for the Portland Fruit Beer Festival with an added 3 ticket bonus to advanced general admission purchases.  More