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. Through light and sculpture installations, a large site-specific mural on the ground, and performances – all viewable online – we hope to draw the Tigard community to the project, to ideas and expressions of universality.

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, online engagement like the Universal Plaza Haiku Poem Contest and more. So, if you’re excited about Universal Plaza, this website is exactly where you need to be.


Join us in the Universality Haiku Poem Contest!

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 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.

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. Through light and sculpture installations, a large site-specific mural on the ground, and performances – all viewable online – we hope to draw the Tigard community to the project, to ideas and expressions of universality.

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, online engagement like the Universal Plaza Haiku Poem Contest and more. So, if you’re excited about Universal Plaza, this website is exactly where you need to be.


Join us in the Universality Haiku Poem Contest!

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 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.

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