Would you like to call Pioneer Courthouse Square home to your food business?

Vision Statement

Reflecting our history of creating an active and vibrant public space in the heart of Downtown Portland and our strong commitment to serve the city’s evolving community, Pioneer Courthouse Square will enhance its civic offerings in Fall of 2017 by adding an enhanced culinary experience for Portlanders and visitors to enjoy every day of the year. Starting this Fall, Portland’s Living Room will become Portland’s dining room full time as the Square becomes home to a cluster of the city’s top food cart operators year-round along with new infrastructure like shared seating, rain cover and more. This new amenity will reinforce the Square’s role as an inviting gathering space to meet friends or colleagues, grab a quick bite, take in an event and enjoy our City’s Living Room. We are now accepting applications from food cart operators who want to be a part of Portland's history, and who wish to connect to a tradition that's both established and new.

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Applications will be accepted through May 13, 2017 at 11:59pm

About Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in the heart of Downtown Portland, is an urban park affectionately known as the City’s “living room.” Prior to its grand opening in 1984, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to manage programming and daily operations. The non-profit advocacy groups’ ongoing mission is to activate and enrich the environment of the City of Portland’s premiere public Park and gathering space for the benefit of Portland’s community members and visitors. Working in partnership with the City of Portland, the non-profit organization has successfully fulfilled the Park’s prominent public role with the help of community volunteers and private sector contributions. In recent years, through this unique public-private management model, the Park has been recognized as one of the most successful public spaces in the United States.

Each year the Park is activated by more than 300 programmed event days made possible through community-driven initiative and the generosity of private sector 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.


Great Places in America, American Planning Association
#3 Best Public Squares and Plazas in the United States & Canada, Project for Public Spaces
#4 of the World’s Best Squares and Plazas, Project for Public Spaces
One of the Six Public Spaces that Show the ‘Right Way’, Project for Public Spaces
“Great Parks, Great Cities” Great Park Place Award, Project for Public Spaces

By the Numbers: Pioneer Courthouse Square is…

  • One of the most visited sites in Oregon with nearly 10 million annual park visitors
  • The center of Portland’s Regional transportation system
    • TriMet provides light rail and bus access on 3 sides of the Square to support 100,000,000 regional transit riders
  • Home to Portland’s centrally located Visitor Information Center, servings more than 700,000 customers, through the services of:
    • Travel Portland’s Visitor Center
      TriMet’s Customer Assistance
      Ticket Office
      Portland Walking Tours
  • Home to Starbucks Portland Flagship location since 1989 serving more than 1,000,000 cups of coffee served annually
  • Home to KGW’s Studio on the Square reaching 2,455,024 viewers annually
  • Home to one of Portland’s longest operating food carts; Shelly’s Burritos, established 1992
  • Host to over 300 programmed event days annually = $22 million economic impact
  • Home to the City’s most frequented public restroom with 250,000 annual visitors

Pioneer Courthouse Square Panorama


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