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 over 125 free public events and activities from May 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, 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

Herb Adams, Vice President

Charlton Ames, Treasurer

Pat O’Donnell, Secretary

Bree LaCasse

Ian Jacob

Alison Hildreth

Nina Williams

Dela Murphy, Executive Director



Emily Bruce

John Eder, Founding Director

Rosanne Graef, Founding Director

Ashleigh LeBlanc

Nat May

Karen Perry

Addy Smith-Reiman

Elizabeth Streeter

Frank Turek, Founding Director


Audience Engagement Committee

Jenna Howard, Chair

Marc Chillemi

Marcie Griswold

Bree LaCasse

Nina Williams

Julia Whyel

Dela Murphy, Executive Director


An urban oasis for you, your family, and Portland.

Our amazing neighborhood volunteers make it all possible. YOU can help too! Sign up to volunteer today!

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