HISTORIC BLACK WILLIAMS PROJECT
30 mounted signs and 10 sidewalk tiles honor the role Portland's Black community played in the complex and changing history of Williams Avenue. These markers were designed by local artists and unveiled in 2017. Follow them throughout the district to learn about this important history.
PAST AND PRESENT
Historic photos and a memorial to past residents are on display at New Seasons Market and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. And check out the OPB documentary 'Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev’ry Voice' for more history of the neighborhood.
Williams is home to several murals, outdoor plazas and sculptures, creative bike racks and other public art.
From the historic dome on the Dawson Park Gazebo to the cutting edge architecture throughout the district, Williams District is definitely something to see.
A long-time central meeting place for the neighborhood, Dawson Park features innovative interactive play and water pieces and a beautiful gazebo topped by a historic district dome. Enjoy the mature trees, picnic tables and open space with room to run around and play. After shopping in the district, grab something delicious to eat and relax in the park.
From bags to bikes to boxes, Williams makes it all. Long a hub of creativity, Williams District is home to a diverse variety of makers, craftspersons and artisans. Mixed in amongst the shops and businesses you will find the work of more than 50 local female makers and designers.
Make a wish on Williams District's Wishing Tree. Write down your heart's desire and tie it on to the tree to help your wish come true (4048 N Williams, between Shaver and Mason St).
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Dawson Park and Unthank Park host free summer concerts in July. Check the calendar for more details.