The Jamison Square is one of the many parks found in the city of Portland, Oregon, beautifully set in the artistic neighborhood known as the Pearl District and it is the first park added there. It is an interactive fountain where kids of all ages, with their families, can safely play and have fun in the continuously recirculating disinfected and treated water. No wonder it is called ?Portland?s biggest kid magnet?. The park was named after William Jamison, an art gallery owner who was a proponent of the Pearl District.
Covering a full city block, the Jamison Square had its grand opening in 2001 and since then has been attracting hundreds of families, especially children.
The main facet of the park is cascading water that falls over tiered stone steps until it fills up a pool, then the water is drained, and then the process is repeated, non-stop, all day long. This system makes it look like an urban beach that allows kids and adults alike to wade. However, this was not the original plan for the park. It was initially intended as an outdoor art gallery, ornamented with square rocks and designed with steps at the center, and no water. The park was then used for skateboarding which is not intended to be, so, to keep skateboarding teenagers away, water was let to flow over the stone steps intermittently, appearing like a ?manmade tidal pool? or ?a community pond?, as locals call it.
A wooden boardwalk, another structural beauty, was created to connect Jamison Park to Tanner Springs Park, which is about two blocks apart, and eventually will connect to the Willamette River once the plan is implemented.
As an outdoor art gallery, the park also features 30-foot tall colorful modern totems named Tikitotmoniki, created by ?80s art icon Kenny Scharf and Paige Powell in 2001 and orange steel sculptures by Alexander Liberman. After appreciating the artworks in the park, visitors can relax while having a picnic at the lawn area where the fountain action is all visible. Folding chairs can be borrowed for use while hanging out at the park. Hungry? A hot dog concession stand, a few sit down restaurants and a kid friendly coffee shop are found on the park block. There?s also Fenouil, a well-regarded local French brasserie, which offers special "picnic in the park" menu and delivers lunch to the park.
The Jamison Square has also been hosting several events, including the Kids Marching Band, Kids in the Pearl Block Party, Movies in the Pearl, as well as a ?movement-based storytelling? called Splashdance, performed weekly, and Portland Bastille Day Festival, which is held annually. There is also a court in the park where a form of boules, P?tanque plays. Commencing in 2003, the park has been accommodating some part of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival.