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Discover Universal Plaza
2019: Public Space, Public Life Survey
In 2019, GEHL and community volunteers studied how and when people use downtown Tigard. Through dozens of interviews, goals and objectives for the future Universal Plaza design were established and informed the project as it moved forward.
2020: Online and On-Site Activation
Through our online engagement website the community viewed temporary art installations on our live camera feed, watched time lapsed videos of the site cultivation and gave input on what kind of amenities they’d like to see.
Soon after, the site was open for the community to interact, socially distant, with temporary art installations and other experimental artistic escapades.
We created an inclusive process where community members engaged with the design team to help create Universal Plaza. For this project especially, it was important to involve a diverse group of people who are truly representative of the entire Tigard community.
2022: Buildout & Construction
Construction began in Summer 2022 with the Phase 1 grand opening scheduled for early 2023.
Grand Opening at Universal Plaza!
Come enjoy this community gathering in Downtown Tigard
Music, Food, Entertainment, Family Fun!
Universal Plaza is a place for everyone — a community gathering spot in the heart of downtown Tigard that celebrates our shared humanity and our one shared planet.
Phase 1 Features Include:
- Interactive water feature — Tigard’s first splash pad!
- Porch swings
- Two event lawns and landscaping
- 4-stall restroom
- Shelter for vending and storage
- Lighting throughout the plaza
- Bike and pedestrian connection and boardwalk overlooking Fanno Creek
- Food Carts:
» Harvest Moon Experience
» West Coast Torta Company
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 is 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 features 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!
This plaza is funded through tax increment financing dollars collected in the Downtown area.
Phase 2 Features Include:
- Overhead canopy providing shelter from the rain and sun
- Community room
There is no construction date set for Phase 2 of Universal Plaza.