Gateway Discovery Park: The Power of Hope for an Underserved Community

Firm LocationPortland, United States
Lead ArchitectMauricio Villarreal
ClientPortland Parks & Recreation

For 6 decades, East Portland has desired a public gathering space to cherish and enjoy in the heart of the neighborhood. The 3.2-acre Gateway Discovery Park serves over 800 households previously lacking access to open space. To generate a positive long-term community transformation where 36% of households identify as ethnic minorities and 28% experience poverty, PLACE embraced the process of building strong partnerships with neighbors, businesses, and the community. The park has become a catalyst for future redevelopments holding a promise of a second downtown on Portland’s eastern edge.