Olmsted Parks Speaker Series

Katsura Tree at Pier Park

Invitation: In Person and Zoom Options Available

Olmsted 2022: Good Parks Speaker Series

Friends of Columbia Park is excited to bring you this series of presentations in celebration of the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted and his legacy of landscape design and public parks – both across America and right here in Columbia Park. 

The presentations will be held in the Columbia Cottage, located near the south entrance of the Park. We are pleased to offer both in-person seating for masked, vaccinated guests as well as live streaming and recording so that people can watch remotely. Reservations are required for in-person attendance, as seating will be limited to allow for COVID-safe spacing.​

Olmsted Series Schedule

He Paints with Lakes and Wooded Slopes – Frederick Law Olmsted and Landscape Design in the American Progressive Era

January 12, 2022 / Featuring Suzanne Bishop


A Screening of the PBS Film “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” and Q&A with the Originator and Consulting Producer

February 9, 2022 / Featuring Laurence Cotton

An Evening with William J. Hawkins, Author of ‘The Legacy of Olmsted Brothers in Portland, Oregon

March 9, 2022 / Featuring William J. Hawkins

Time and Location

Each event begins at 7 p.m. and requires advance registration.

If you are attending in person, seating is limited and requires advance reservations, masks, and proof of vaccination. The location is Columbia Cottage at 4339 N Columbia Blvd.

Or, attend via Zoom with advance registration.

By Mary Ann Aschenbrenner

Mary Ann Aschenbrenner is President of Waterlink Web, a web development firm located in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. An active neighborhood volunteer, Mary Ann served on the Friends of Pier Park board for over eight years and is the designer and administrator of this site.