"...Let us secure for ourselves and for our children a beauty spot in the midst of our growing city – a breathing place for all the thousands who are to come after us." — Portland Transcript, 1856



“From Paris to Portland – 1871”

Lincoln Park’s centerpiece – the iconic fountain – was installed in the newly-built park in 1871.  The fountain itself came from a Parisian foundry, and is one of only three examples of this type of fountain known to have ever come to the United States.

The fountain was an instant hit:

“It has a central fountain, which sends up its jets on summer days … evening strollers find it a pleasant resort, and children delight to sail their boats in the great basin.”

—Edward H. Elwell, 1876

The park soon became a major hub for Portland.  Both citizens and visitors enjoyed the refreshing fountain under the shade of trees.  Postcards of Lincoln Park – especially postcards of the fountain, such as the one shown here – were common souvenirs of visits to Portland.  But, the years passed and they took their toll – now, both the fountain and the park are in dire need of restoration.

The Friends of Lincoln Park aim to do just that!  We’re starting with the fountain, since it’s the piece of the park that is at the most risk.  We already have plans – and even some vintage parts! – to fix the fountain: now we just need the funding to make it happen.  Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us bring our fountain – and our park – back to life?  Thank you!

Restoration Progress

Great news! The City has released $250,000 from the C.I.P. budget to repave all of Lincoln Park's pathways starting this September! Soon, that crumbling concrete will be a thing of the past! Cheers!

At the same time, we are planning to remove the historic fountain – which was cast in Paris, France, in 1870 – so it can be refurbished at the studio of Sculpture Conservator Jonathan Taggart. The fountain's granite basin will also be dug up, relined, and raised to its original level.

We're awfully excited that both the walkways and the fountain may be restored by the end of the year! The only trouble is, the fountain work must be coordinated with the walkway work – once the walkways are completed, we won't be able to excavate the plumbing and basin to restore them.

So, we need to raise $170,000 by September of this year in order to perform the restoration work on the fountain and basin!

Please help us by contributing what you can! Time is a factor, and every donation gets us closer to bringing Lincoln Park back to its former grandeur!

Thank you for your help in caring for Portland's oldest park, an In Peril landmark!