Downtown Tigard's Universal Plaza

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Planned to open in 2022, Universal Plaza will be a place for everyone – a community gathering spot in the heart of downtown Tigard that celebrates our shared humanity and our one shared planet.

One day, Tigard’s Universal Plaza will be a cherished public space, with areas for everyone to gather, play, and make memories. While we wait for that day, the site can still help us engage our imaginations about public life and public space. Art can happen here, originating both from our local community and well beyond.

The Plaza design process is happening now, and we’d love your participation to help guide the design process. While the new normal for now requires us to be socially distant, that hasn’t stopped us from creating opportunities for you to join in on the fun.


On-Site

The Universal Plaza (9100 SW Burnham St) is now open for the public to explore!

Please follow standard COVID guidelines. Face coverings are required (for those over 5 years old) when social distancing cannot be maintained. Art installations are not sanitized.


Coming Soon - Universal Beacon
by David Buckly Borden
This large-scale art piece is being created just for Universal Plaza. The installation is created from construction scaffolding, lighting elements and a weave of vibrant fabric glimmering in a gentle wind. Get your camera out and hashtags ready! #universalplazatigard



The Camus Bulb by PSU + The City Repair Project
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
The temporary grass is now home to 365 Camas Lily bulbs, which will erupt this spring to fill our Plaza with the blue hues native to the Willamette Valley, the land of the Atfalati-Kalapuya people.


Musical Bench by Jill Torberson
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
This temporary bench installation will engage visitors by encouraging them to make their own music or take a seat.


Apple Box Seating by Asami Morita
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
These moveable pieces will allow visitors to place the seats in locations where they can enjoy the plaza while remaining safe and socially distant during the pandemic.


Ground Mural by Raziah Roushan
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
Universal Plaza now features a temporary brightly colored, 34,000 square foot ground mural.

Haiku Projections by Tigard Community
Photography by Todd Brabander
A rotating selection of community generated haikus will be displayed in lights from 4-10pm every night.





Online

Share your thoughts!
Do you have other ideas, suggestions or comments as to what you'd like to see at the Universal Plaza? Your ongoing engagement can help us design the best possible plaza for all of Tigard.



Planned to open in 2022, Universal Plaza will be a place for everyone – a community gathering spot in the heart of downtown Tigard that celebrates our shared humanity and our one shared planet.

One day, Tigard’s Universal Plaza will be a cherished public space, with areas for everyone to gather, play, and make memories. While we wait for that day, the site can still help us engage our imaginations about public life and public space. Art can happen here, originating both from our local community and well beyond.

The Plaza design process is happening now, and we’d love your participation to help guide the design process. While the new normal for now requires us to be socially distant, that hasn’t stopped us from creating opportunities for you to join in on the fun.


On-Site

The Universal Plaza (9100 SW Burnham St) is now open for the public to explore!

Please follow standard COVID guidelines. Face coverings are required (for those over 5 years old) when social distancing cannot be maintained. Art installations are not sanitized.


Coming Soon - Universal Beacon
by David Buckly Borden
This large-scale art piece is being created just for Universal Plaza. The installation is created from construction scaffolding, lighting elements and a weave of vibrant fabric glimmering in a gentle wind. Get your camera out and hashtags ready! #universalplazatigard



The Camus Bulb by PSU + The City Repair Project
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
The temporary grass is now home to 365 Camas Lily bulbs, which will erupt this spring to fill our Plaza with the blue hues native to the Willamette Valley, the land of the Atfalati-Kalapuya people.


Musical Bench by Jill Torberson
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
This temporary bench installation will engage visitors by encouraging them to make their own music or take a seat.


Apple Box Seating by Asami Morita
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
These moveable pieces will allow visitors to place the seats in locations where they can enjoy the plaza while remaining safe and socially distant during the pandemic.


Ground Mural by Raziah Roushan
Photography by Alicia J. Rose Photography
Universal Plaza now features a temporary brightly colored, 34,000 square foot ground mural.

Haiku Projections by Tigard Community
Photography by Todd Brabander
A rotating selection of community generated haikus will be displayed in lights from 4-10pm every night.





Online

Share your thoughts!
Do you have other ideas, suggestions or comments as to what you'd like to see at the Universal Plaza? Your ongoing engagement can help us design the best possible plaza for all of Tigard.


Haiku Poem Contest

Deadline Oct. 15!

Words connect us in so many ways - maybe now more than ever. Although many of us in Tigard are physically apart right now, we’re still connected through the place we call home. And we’re connected through our shared humanity; delighting in our differences and shaping the future together.

We invite you to join us in sharing what “universality” means to you by submitting haiku poems that reflect your experience here in Tigard. A rotating selection of these poems will be displayed in lights at the site of the future Universal Plaza. The poems could reflect how you’re feeling right now or the dreams you hold for the future; let your imagination take flight.

All members of the community are invited to participate and all languages are welcome and encouraged. Please note that no prior poetry experience is necessary. All submitted poems will live online, with a selection of entries projected in lights at 9110 SW Burnham St throughout summer. 

How to write a traditional Haiku poem:

The traditional haiku format is seventeen syllables divided into three lines: five syllables in the first line; seven syllables in the second line; and five syllables in the third line. Best of all, haiku poems do not need to rhyme.


Example haiku:

The streets are quiet

But birds sing down Fanno Creek

They too are at home

- Kenny A


Add your Haiku and name in the box below. 

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Universal Haiku Quintet
by Michael Brewin, Tigard

Heron's call is sweet,
Singing along the wide creek.
Music to my ears.

A place to reflect,
Where people are all the same,
Forget loss or pain.

I touch Peace within.
Following the flow of breaths,
Satori beckons.

Drops of gentle rain,
Mist rises from the lush vale,
The air smells so fresh.

A child laughs and skips,
As water sprays to the sky.
Joy is a fountain!

Lauren 5 months ago

We are all one city
People caring for others daily
Space that brings us close

Councilor Heidi Lueb 5 months ago

Heron's call is sweet,
Singing along the wide creek.
Music to my ears.

A place to reflect,
Where people are all the same,
Forget loss or pain.

I touch Peace within.
Following the flow of breaths,
Satori beckons.

Drops of gentle rain,
Mist rises from the lush vale,
The air smells so fresh!

A child laughs and dances,
As water sprays to the sky.
Joy is a fountain.

Michael Brewin 5 months ago

We are not one yet
Diverse but not united
We can will a change
-Joanne

Joanne 5 months ago

Light overcomes dark
Hope will bind our hearts as one
From ash beauty rises

Carrie Young 6 months ago

Tigard is the best
City in Oregon. Yay!
I love living here.

Parker Lempner, 8yo 6 months ago

Fresh fragrance of woods, when walking in the Dirksen nature park, magestic views of summer lake park, listening the ducks quacking in the lake, birds singing hymns On the trees. Beauty of neighbourhood garden spring daffadiles, Rhododendrion flowers, summer roses, sunflowers, are Stress relief for covid-19 days! For me Love the Tigard, Oregon

Sukanya K 6 months ago

Welcome to our world.
Universal pandemic
Blocked by your mask!

Mary R-H

Mary 6 months ago

In Summerfield yards
Owners tend their gardens while
We enjoy the beauty.

Barbara 6 months ago

Home--where the heart is
Tigard’s new central plaza
A home, a heart, for ALL

SGFink 6 months ago

Live well in Tigard
Work and Play in city too
What could be better!

Toby LaFrance 6 months ago

Together we stand
Connected not by arms, but hearts
We will make it through

- Emilio C

Emilio Calderon 6 months ago

Cedars towering
Summer drifts by too quickly
Fall is in the air

Serata 6 months ago

Liquid - A Haiku
Sacred summertime A thick, cool liquid refresh at the old wellspring

kenro 6 months ago

Liquid
Sacred summertime
A thick, cool liquid refresh
at the old wellspring

kenro 6 months ago

When rain falls on us
We hold umbrellas over
The vulnerable

Price McCloud 6 months ago

rain from the ocean
wind from the mountain, we breathe
in this land, our home

Lindsey Wise 6 months ago

New cool grandson in our lives
Doggies by my side
Tigard, the life we desire!

msboomer 6 months ago

Water, Earth, Wind, Sun
Will bring us together soon
Until then, have hope

Tim Myshak 6 months ago

Morning Saga:
Hunkered on my couch
Kitty on my lap purring
Sipping morning joe

CoVid morning blues
Strange days to live in Portland
Torched city and all

Small asteroid coming
Near miss on voting day
Earth is in its cross hairs

Other than that mess
What could be alarming us
In virtual life?

BoomerDrive 6 months ago