Downtown Portland denizens flock to fountains to cool off
As the temperature hit 98 degrees in downtown Portland at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, several families flocked to the Keller Fountain downtown to cool off.
There was a young woman waist-deep with her infant, a man with a tattooed face perching his pit bull in the V of a tree, and Jimmy Carter with his Contigo coffee cup. Carter, born and raised in Portland and a resident of downtown, was there with his blue-haired daughter Zoe, her cousin Evelyn and her friend Summer and Carter's sister Abi Carter.
They were in one of the deep pools at the top of the fountain, whose design was inspired by the springs and waterfalls of Yosemite Valley in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.
"We used to play in this pool when we were kids, now my kid plays in it," said Carter. "It's gorgeous. I remember a couple of years ago it was all destroyed down there (at the pool level), there was graffiti everywhere and needles." He said he appreciated the 2019 restoration by Portland Parks and Recreation.
Abi, an architect, is a big fan of the Portland Open Space Sequence, of which the Keller Fountain is a part. "I didn't know it was well-known until she told me she studied it in college in Philadelphia," Jimmy said of his sister.
A show about the Keller and Lovejoy fountains opened on June 23 at the Oregon Jewish Museum.
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