Every Thursday is S’Mores Night at Congress Square Park in downtown Portland. You are invited to join your neighbors toasting S’Mores over fire pits provided by the Friends of Congress Square Park between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The event runs through the end of February.
The Park in the arts district has been the venue for many important events, including a rally for abortion rights last October. The rally was held in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s hearing oral arguments on December 1st. An argument that many pro-abortion advocates consider the start of the end of Roe v. Wade and women’s right to choose by a conservative court dominated by The Donald’s picks.
Another important event held at Congress Square Park was the Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration organized by artist Arthena Lynch. That was the day that enslaved people of Texas were told they were free and no longer slaves.
Years ago under Mayor Michael Brennan, the city had tried to sell the Park to The Westin Hotel that borders the Park. It had become an eye sore in the heard of downtown and The Westin had extensive plans to deveop it. However, a group of civic-minded people came in and rescued the space from that fate and developed it into a first-rate public space to be enjoyed by all.
Stop by for S’Mores night and chill out with your neighbors!