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Portland Fun Fact of the Day #17

Downtown Portland is famous for its beautiful fountains, especially the Ira Keller fountain with its multitude of levels and waterfalls.

However, you can do something in the Portland fountains that is not usually allowed in fountains elsewhere. What is that?

Go SWIMMING!

 

As Walt Lockley described the Ira Keller fountain (click here for some gorgeous pictures!)

 

 

“Like the Apollo program, the Ira Keller fountain in downtown Portland Oregon is an accomplishment from the 70’s that we as a society could now barely manage. It’s a loud and playfully interactive physical expression of civic values that today seem too liberal and humane to be true, and, in that wonderful sneaky ability of environments to set our social expectations, it perpetuates those values.”

People often don’t realize that summer days in Portland can sometimes soar to over 100 degrees. The downtown fountains provide relief for scores of kids and adults alike.

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