Downtown Tigard's Universal Plaza

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Design work is underway for Universal Plaza!

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.

Universal Plaza was designed with the community through interactive and engaging experiences both onsite and virtually. Together, the project team and the community, created a one-of-a-kind Plaza that will be a showpiece for our revitalizing Downtown.

Careful attention and a lot of planning has led to the development of Universal Plaza in two phases. Phase 1 will feature the community’s most requested amenity­- an interactive water feature and splash pad. Phase 2 will construct a show stopping overhead canopy for shade in the summer and shelter in the winter. Universal Plaza will be completely ADA friendly, walkable, healthy and accessible to everyone!

Phase 1


Highlighted Features Include:

  • Interactive water feature- that’s right Tigard’s first splash pad!
  • Porch Swings
  • Two event lawns and landscaping
  • A 4-stall restroom
  • A shelter for vending and storage
  • Warm boulder field overlooking Fanno Creek
  • Fanno Creek entry art piece
  • Lighting throughout the plaza

Construction will begin Winter 2021-2022. Phase 1 is planned to open Summer 2022!

Through the design process the community asked for a bike and pedestrian connection linking Universal Plaza to the Fanno Creek Trail. Although separate from this project, the city will construct a boardwalk overlooking Fanno Creek and connecting it to our Downtown.

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.


Phase 2

Highlighted Features Include:

  • Overhead Canopy providing shelter from the rain and sun
  • Community room
  • Built-in seating both alongside the water feature and throughout the lawn.

There is no construction date for Phase 2 of Universal Plaza. Universal Plaza Phase 2 and a parking structure are projects included in the City Center Urban Renewal Amendment on the ballot May 2021.



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.




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.



Design work is underway for Universal Plaza!

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.

Universal Plaza was designed with the community through interactive and engaging experiences both onsite and virtually. Together, the project team and the community, created a one-of-a-kind Plaza that will be a showpiece for our revitalizing Downtown.

Careful attention and a lot of planning has led to the development of Universal Plaza in two phases. Phase 1 will feature the community’s most requested amenity­- an interactive water feature and splash pad. Phase 2 will construct a show stopping overhead canopy for shade in the summer and shelter in the winter. Universal Plaza will be completely ADA friendly, walkable, healthy and accessible to everyone!

Phase 1


Highlighted Features Include:

  • Interactive water feature- that’s right Tigard’s first splash pad!
  • Porch Swings
  • Two event lawns and landscaping
  • A 4-stall restroom
  • A shelter for vending and storage
  • Warm boulder field overlooking Fanno Creek
  • Fanno Creek entry art piece
  • Lighting throughout the plaza

Construction will begin Winter 2021-2022. Phase 1 is planned to open Summer 2022!

Through the design process the community asked for a bike and pedestrian connection linking Universal Plaza to the Fanno Creek Trail. Although separate from this project, the city will construct a boardwalk overlooking Fanno Creek and connecting it to our Downtown.

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.


Phase 2

Highlighted Features Include:

  • Overhead Canopy providing shelter from the rain and sun
  • Community room
  • Built-in seating both alongside the water feature and throughout the lawn.

There is no construction date for Phase 2 of Universal Plaza. Universal Plaza Phase 2 and a parking structure are projects included in the City Center Urban Renewal Amendment on the ballot May 2021.



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.




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 April 30th! 

April is poetry month and we invite you to join us in sharing what “universality” means to you by submitting haiku poems that reflect your experience here in Tigard. We are hoping to capture a fresh perspective now that Spring and (hopefully) the end of the pandemic are coming soon. 

Twelve poems will be selected to be displayed in lights at the site of the future Universal Plaza. 

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 9100 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. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Have you considered
Please water the twinkle trees
I THINK THEY ARE DEAD

C$ 4 months ago

Run, stroll, play, or sit
We gather together here
One community.

Alicia 5 months ago

If it's true for you
Then it will be true for me
In community

What ties you to me
Our contrasts, culture, and care
Our humanity

Rachel Rogers 5 months ago

We all walk this Earth

Each searching for the same thing

A place to call home

John R 5 months ago

Together we heal
Ideas work to benefit
A place for us all

Dwar45 5 months ago

A shared vision of
diverse, esteemed, and valued
body of oneness.
by Gene Tupper

Gene Tupper 5 months ago

One. Many. Multi.
All Kind; Diversity.
They are You and Me

Paul H 5 months ago

The world has collapsed.
The mask muffles my requests -
Germs show no mercy.

~ Evy, Grade 6

Evy 5 months ago

TAKE OFF
Where are we going?
When will we ever get there?
Our souls travel light.
CISSY HILTON

Cisthepoet 5 months ago

Growth of a city
Shopping, money, and bright lights
Who was left behind?

-Kirk H.

KirkH 6 months ago

Wisdom guides instinct:
Serving others serves the self.
All together now!

xanthusous 6 months ago

Family, Friends,
Energized, Fulfilled.
Quality of life.

Miss Ellen 6 months ago

We are all stardust
But share a home together
Respect where you live

C Martin 6 months ago

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 11 months ago

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

Councilor Heidi Lueb 11 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 11 months ago

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

Joanne 12 months ago

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

Carrie Young about 1 year ago

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

Parker Lempner, 8yo about 1 year 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 about 1 year ago