Teachers Fountain

Located at SW Yamhill and SW Park Ave.

Teachers Fountain is Portland’s newest municipal fountain, donated by Jordan Schnitzer – a prominent family in Portland history. It is located at Director Park. The fountain is “Dedicated to all who educate and inspire.” The fountains is built on top of a below ground parking structure.

That surface was donated by Tom Moyer. It was completed in 2009 and named after Jordan’s grandparents Simon and Helen Director who were immigrants from Russia and Poland respectively.

The fountain is a playful but elegant display of arcing jets and low burbles that run downhill into a shallow pool. There are 8 modest jets, between 3-5′ high, and 8 burbles approximately 12″ high within the pool to gently move the water. The water in the pool spills over a barrier beneath the bench, recirculates through the sanitary system, then cycles continuously back through the display. The display does not vary or interact with users, but users, and particularly children love to interact with it.

The park was designed by Laurie Olin whose other works include Battery Park in New York and Pershing Square in Los Angeles – and the local firm of Zimmer, Gunsul and Frasca Architects.

To learn more about Portland’s many wonderful fountains, click here

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