Arts Plaza

401 NE Second St.

Arts Plaza


  • Bike parking
  • Children's fountain
  • Drinking fountain
  • Lawn
  • Parking lot
  • Public art
  • Restrooms (seasonal)
  • Splash pad
  • Wheelchair accessible

General information

The Arts Plaza's picnic areas, Children's Fountain, summer concerts and events makes it a popular, open-air community venue.

Located conveniently in the heart of historic downtown Gresham, 20 minutes from downtown Portland, the Arts Plaza is easy to access, with ample parking and nearby public transit.

Park rules and safety



Book the Arts Plaza

The Plaza is programmed with events year-round but can also play host to your special event. The possibilities are endless at Gresham’s premier outdoor wedding and event venue. The paved Arts Plaza, framed by adjacent lawns, provides a versatile space that can be enjoyed on a moonlit night or tented to create an elegant and protected outdoor event. 

  • Capacity: 3,100 people
  • Total Square Footage: 86,400 square feet
  • Electricity: multiple electrical outlets to meet the majority of electrical needs
  • Accessibility: fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Restrooms: four single-use, accessible restrooms
  • Availability: available for rental year-round from 6:00 am-11:00 pm


Event registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your date is secured once the application has been completed including submission of fees, deposit and proof of insurance.

Exemption for nonprofits

Rental fees for the Plaza may be waived if the organization is a recognized nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status.

  • Nonprofits should include proof of status when submitting the application.
  • The non-refundable application fee and refundable security deposit still applies.

More information

Call 503-618-2300 for assistance. To hold an event at the Arts Plaza, email

About the plaza art – Fine Tuned Tulle

The Arts Plaza's public art, Fine Tuned Tulle, is the inspiration of Seattle artist Claudia Fitch. Each pillar represents one of the four aspects of art – visual art, music, literature and dance. Visually, the pillars resemble a paint brush, trumpet, fountain pen and tutu.

Video of Claudia discussing Fine Tuned Tulle

  • Arts Plaza
  • Bike rack in Arts Plaza
  • Arts Plaza in autumn
  • Arts Plaza pillar
  • Children's fountain
  • Children's Fountain at night
  • People standing on grassy lawn at Arts Plaza
  • Music Mondays event at Arts Plaza
  • People having a picnic on lawn at Arts Plaza
  • Person lying on lawn at Arts Plaza

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