Visit the Sequence

Discover the wonder of the Sequence

Imagine trekking from mountain spring through rolling hills to a wonderland of waterfalls without ever leaving downtown. It’s all right here at the Sequence. Play “I Spy” with the kids. Break out the watercolors and paint a masterpiece. Snag a seat and do some premium people watching. Better yet, pack a lunch, grab a latte and tour the four connected blocks that make up the Portland Open Space Sequence. And don’t forget your camera — with the historical significance of this mid-century modern landmark, you’ll want to take plenty of pictures.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Laughing Planet
Health-minded, counter-serve chain featuring creative, globally influenced bowls & burritos.
1720 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 (map)

Garden Bar
Artful medleys of raw leafy greens tossed with locally sourced vegetables and fruits, gratifying grains and légumes, fresh meats and cheeses, gourmet dressings and more
100 SW Market St, Portland, OR 97209 (map)

Hot Pot City
Traditional Chinese eatery offers cook-your-own soups made from a huge buffet line of ingredients.
1975 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97201 (map)

Upmarket destination for sushi & sashimi, served in a spartan space with traditional decor.
200 SW Market St, Portland, OR 97201 (map)

Schmizza Pub & Grub
Colorful chain spot featuring a wide range of specialty pizzas, pastas & other eats.
415 SW Montgomery St, Portland, OR 97201 (map)

Gardens & Greenery

Nature’s beauty can be found all throughout the sequence. Take in the relaxing surroundings, and see if you can find some of our region’s most iconic plants: sword ferns, salal, and oregon grapes! These plants and others help to support wildlife while bringing greenery to Downtown.

When you’re surrounded by this much greenery, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of the city.

Art on the Sequence

Portland’s reputation for art is maintained throughout the sequence. Here you’ll find art pieces from across a variety of periods, from the inherent artfulness of Lawrence Halprin’s 1966 Lovejoy Fountain, to Lee Kelly and Bonnie Bronson’s 1975 Leland 1 isntallation to Manuel Izquierdo’s 1979 The Dreamer sculpture.

Segway Tours

Segway Tours

Take a Segway Tour of Portland, starting right in the Halprin Sequence! Glide through downtown while riding on the newest version Segway with an experienced adventure guide.

Concerts at Pettygrove Park

Concerts at Pettygrove Park

The summer months bring a host of musicians to Pettygrove Park, on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Bring a lunch, pull up a chair, and enjoy some of the area’s best concerts amidst beautiful Pettygrove Park in bloom.

Audio Walking Tours

Podcast series by Randy Gragg, journalist and organizer in the fields of architecture and art.

From mountain spring to roaring river:
Exploring what’s ahead for each of the four sites

Each plaza, park and walkway section within the Portland Open Space Sequence is unique. Halprin’s design is intended to evoke a watershed and be reminiscent of the nearby Cascade Mountain Range and the majestic Columbia River. This interconnected series of walkways, fountains and plazas stretches between SW Lincoln and Clay streets and between Second and Third Avenues. The flowing “sequence” he created celebrates the region’s breathtaking nature — beginning with “The Source,” a fountain evoking a stream’s origin, flowing to Lovejoy Fountain Plaza, then Pettygrove Park, and culminating at the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain in a cacophony of waterfalls.

Keller Fountain

The fourth and final piece of the Sequence is the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain — a full-block fountain that became an instant city landmark and an internationally acclaimed open space when it opened in 1977. Not originally part of the Sequence concept, Halprin was brought back by PDC to design a final fountain in front of the newly remodeled Civic Auditorium. Working with a design team, he solved the problem of the site’s steep grade with a series of rising concrete pillars, all topped with waist-deep pools over and through which the water falls. The result? An effortlessly powerful urban waterfall — and one of the most dramatic fountains ever created in an American city.Keller Fountain

Lovejoy Fountain

“The fountain wonderfully captures the spirit of Oregon’s streams. Pouring in a sheet over the lip of the upper pool, the water is whipped into a foaming cascade as it splashes down over an irregular series of stair steps and then out again into a placid lower basin.”
— The Oregonian, July 28, 1966Lovejoy Fountain

Pettygrove Park

Farther “downstream” via another set of allées, lies Pettygrove Park. Intended to be quiet and introspective, Pettygrove Park offers a series of grass and ivy-covered mounds bounded by the flowing curves of asphalt walkways. To Halprin, this quiet, curvilinear design echoed the rolling topography and meandering streams of Oregon’s foothills and valley floors. Pettygrove Park

Source Fountain

The Source Fountain symbolizes the mountain spring that feeds into the other fountains. This simple brick pyramid-shaped tower rises just three feet at the southern end of the Sequence — representing the underground spring that bubbles up to the surface as the unassuming start of a mighty river. This is where the Sequence begins — both in nature and in the world of Halprin’s vision.Source Fountain