The Friends of Congress Square Park is a community non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and use of Congress Square Park, a central part of the Portland park system. We are dedicated to the arts, public access and community involvement in Congress Square Park as a means to enhance the livability and economic potential of downtown Portland.

Friends of Congress Square Park (FoCSP) is the non-profit place manager of Congress Square Park. 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:

  • Our In the Square series features free public events and activities from June through October highlighting the depth and vibrancy of Portland’s exceptional arts community.
  • We provide free public amenities, including colorful café tables, Adirondack chairs, benches, Wi-Fi, shade umbrellas, temporary public art and landscaping to make the park a welcoming daily destination.
  • We engage neighbors in park maintenance and programming through our Park Steward program, which encourages a sense of shared ownership of the space and fosters neighborhood pride and resiliency.


David LaCasse, President, Chair Operations Committee

Charlton Ames, Treasurer

Nina Frank, Secretary

Herb Adams

Bree LaCasse

David Herzer, Esq.

Deborah Pillatsch

Julia Whyel

Audience Engagement Committee

Julia Whyel, Chair

Nina Frank

Genevieve Johnson

April Kalde

Veronica Perez