Pioneer Courthouse Square’s mission is to activate and enrich the environment of the City of Portland’s central public park and gathering space for the benefit of Portland’s community members and visitors. Working in partnership with the City of Portland, our non-profit organization has successfully fulfilled the Park’s prominent public role with the leadership of community volunteers and private sector contributions. In recent years, through this unique public-private management model, the Square has been recognized as one of the most successfully managed public spaces in the United States.
Each year the Square is activated by more than 300 programmed event days made possible through community-driven initiative and the generosity of sponsors throughout the Portland region. This scope of annual programming contains iconic annualized community traditions and unique ‘once in a lifetime’ events that reflect the civic role of the Park within its community and the evolving needs of the citizenry that it supports.