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Downtown Tigard

Exciting changes are taking shape in Downtown Tigard! Tigard’s historic and walkable downtown has unique shopping, eating and drinking establishments, superior transit access and access to the Fanno Creek Trail. Come experience the transformation—from new building upgrades to the newly renovated Main Street. There’s something for everyone!

What's New?

  • Shop Tigard!
    In an effort to deflect the financial impact of COVID-19, the City of Tigard and the entire community are working together to gather a map of Tigard businesses offering takeout, delivery, gift cards or otherwise getting creative to continue operating. Learn more.

  • Universal Plaza Universal Plaza in Downtown Tigard
    Tigard’s long-awaited downtown plaza is taking shape, beginning this summer with a placemaking program filled with creativity and experimentation. Learn more. 

  • New murals at the Tigard Outdoor Museum
    The City of Tigard commissioned muralists MJ Lindo-Lawyer and Joshua Lawyer to create two murals as part of the new Tigard Outdoor Museum. Learn more

  • City Center Futures
    The Tigard Town Center Development Agency is currently undertaking a project to evaluate the future of the City Center TIF District as it approaches the final years of the Plan’s duration. Learn more

In the Works...

Image: City Center FuturesCity Center Futures
The Tigard Town Center Development Agency is currently undertaking a project to evaluate the future of the City Center TIF District as it approaches the final years of the Plan’s duration.

The City Center Futures projects consists of three overlapping tasks:

1. City Center TIF District Analysis
2. Redevelopment Action Plan
3. Update Downtown Vision

Learn more.

Universal PlazaImage: Downtown Universal Plaza - Rendering
Tigard’s long-awaited downtown 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. The Plaza design process will start later this year, and we’d love your participation now, through this website, or later, when we form a large committee to help guide the design process.

Located on Burnham Street and Fanno Creek, Downtown's Universal Plaza will provide access for downtown visitors and make key connections to walking trails.

This plaza will be funded through tax increment financing dollars collected in the Downtown area. The City Center Urban Renewal Plan calls to "develop urban spaces that provide active and passive recreational opportunities for pedestrians and attract residents and visitors to downtown." The development of downtown parks and public spaces are part of this goal.

Main Street at Fanno Creek RedevelopmentMain Street at Fanno Creek Redevelopment Rendering
As part of its redevelopment plan, the city is proposing a mixed-use building and public space on Main Street overlooking Fanno Creek.

The Town Center Development Agency (TCDA) has plans to redevelop the two Main Street properties it acquired. The urban renewal agency was awarded $400,000 in grants from the EPA Brownfield Cleanup program. Cleanup work has largely been completed, and next steps of the redevelopment effort are underway. View the project timeline.

Tigard Outdoor Museum Tigard Street Heritage Trail rendering
The Outdoor Museum is mostly complete, with a new public space (Rotary Plaza) and interpretive artwork installed along the length of the trail, which uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor. The Outdoor Museum is a unique cultural resource in the City of Tigard. As a gateway into Tigard’s redeveloping downtown, the bike and pedestrian pathway celebrates local heritage and the city’s identity as a “pedestrian boulevard.”

Main Street Green Street Phase 2Main Street Green Street improvements
Phase 1 of the Main Street Green Street project rebuilt the southern half of Main Street in Downtown Tigard, from Pacific Highway/99W to the railroad crossing. Phase 2 of the Main Street Green Street Retrofit will continue the Phase 1 improvements across the railroad tracks north to Scoffins Street. The improvements will include new street lighting, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, and stormwater planters. Design and engineering is currently scheduled for FY 2019-20, with construction scheduled to start in Summer 2021.

For more information, please contact Senior Project Engineer Andy Newbury at 503-718-2472 or Project Coordinator Christy Zellmer at 503-718-2468.

Tigard Urban Lofts DevelopmentTigard Urban Lofts - click to enlarge
Two properties are being studied with a Metro grant for potential redevelopment into transit oriented mixed use: the Nicoli property and the Tigard Transit Center. The Transit Center may be reconfigured if the SW Corridor project comes to Tigard.

Downtown Events

Taste of Tigard
Held in June, the Taste of Tigard Food Festival is an opportunity to sample some of the culinary innovations and tasty treats made by local businesses. This event recognizes food and beverage entrepreneurs who are cooking up something interesting, exciting and innovating. More info.Taste o fTigard Vendor

Downtown Street Fair

The Tigard Street Fair is a mix of entertainment, arts and crafts, community booths, fun, food and more. Free admission and family-friendly! Hosted annually by the Tigard Downtown Alliance. More info.
Downtown Street Fair

Tigard Latino Festival
Held in September, this annual event celebrates Latino heritage and culture. More info.
Latino Festival

Downtown Art Walk
Produced by the City of Tigard and Tigard Downtown Alliance, the Art Walk is held in the spring on Main Street and invites artists from around the region to display their work inside participating downtown businesses. More info.
Downtown art walk

Tigard Farmers Market
At the Tigard Farmers Market, many vendors bring the fruits of the surrounding agricultural land. These weekly gatherings feature fun, food and entertainment, locally grown fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, plants, honey, baked goods and more. Click here for more info.

Farmers market


Downtown Art

A Walk Through Time - Public Mural

In July 2019, professional artist Jeremy Nichols painted a public mural in Downtown Tigard. This project increases access to art in Tigard while also enhancing walkability and connectivity where Main Street meets the Fanno Creek Trail. The mural project was managed by the City of Tigard in conjunction with the Portland Street Art Alliance.

A Walk Through Time depicts images from Tigard’s history, including a representation of the Kalapuya tribe (the indigenous inhabitants of the area) and native flora and fauna. 
Walk-Through-Time Wll Mural by Jeremy Nichols
Mural location, 12553 SW Main Street at the Fanno Creek Trail

Downtown art petals

Gateway Art
Downtown Tigard has two eye-catching pieces of art at either end of Main Street where it meets on Highway 99W. Two 16-foot steel sculptures that resemble flower petals were installed in 2015 alongside gateway improvements. These include stonework, a “Welcome to Downtown Tigard” sign, public seating areas, lighting and landscaping. 

Artist Brian Borrello designed the artwork. He received input during a months-long public process from Tigard stakeholders, including the City Center Advisory Commission Public Art Subcommittee, composed of Tigard residents and business owners. The Public Art Subcommittee’s criteria required a project that would draw attention to the downtown area and ensure people could see it from the highway. The subcommittee’s review also called for considering the needs of the community, the installation site, businesses in the area and safety and maintenance issues.

The project was funded by tax increment financing funds. These are tax revenues raised in the City Center TIF District that are spent on projects within the district. Project costs were approximately $500,000. Of that amount, $80,000 was for the two sculptures and the remainder covered the gateway improvements.

The city and its partner, the Tigard Downtown Alliance (TDA), have identified public art as an important component to a vital downtown. The TDA has organized events like the Tigard Art Walk and sponsored the glass baskets on Main Street light poles and temporary art installations.

Art on Loan 
A partnership between the City of Tigard and the Tigard Downtown Alliance (TDA), this program places art leased from local artists in locations around downtown Tigard. The program currently consists of two pieces – Mobius and One Nothing. Mobius was created from recycled post-consumer metals by artist Ben Dye and can currently be seen outside of Symposium Coffee (12345 SW Main St.). One Nothing, currently on view outside B&B Print Source (9040 SW Burnham St.), was loaned to the TDA by artist Susan Schimelfining. This sculpture was made from salvaged farm equipment and steel beams from building demolition.

TDA Board Member Mike Stevenson, Owner of B&B Print Source, has donated the space for One Nothing and paid for the base on his property. This is public art funded by downtown stakeholders and the TDA, one of our private sector partners in downtown revitalization.    

Art on Loan   Mobius One-Nothing-Sculpture

Downtown Streetscape Improvements
Downtown Streetscape Improvements   Hanging Baskets  Bike Rack

Downtown   Fanno Creek Mural  WES mural

Town tavern Express  Tigardville Station

Walk-Through-Time Wll Mural by Jeremy Nichols


The Tigard Downtown Alliance commissioned 10 Portland area artists skilled in street art to create 10 sub-urban art panels as part of a weekend long exhibition for Downtown’s May 2015 Art Walk. This project was recognized by the Oregon State Main Street Program as the best downtown special event in 2015.  Click here for more images.
Downtown Art Show

Downtown Programs

TIF District Matching Funds – This program provides matching grants for owners of existing businesses in the TIF District to make improvements to their business.

Brownfields Initiative – Brownfield redevelopment is necessary for Tigard to become a more livable, walkable and economically resilient community with fewer environmental health risks. This program offers grant funding to help remediate environmentally contaminated occupied, vacant and/or underutilized properties for redevelopment. 

Vertical Housing Development Zone - Tigard's Vertical Housing Development Zone (VHDZ) encourages multi-story mixed-use development in two targeted areas of the City of Tigard. The ten-year partial property tax exemption for new construction applies to the first four floors of residential development built above first-story commercial development.

Downtown History

 Tigardville downtown  Tigardville post office

Main Street's identity as Tigard's center dates from the construction of an electric commuter train line in 1910. Rapid growth occurred around Main Street in Tigardville (as it was then known). Many commercial buildings were constructed which housed businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores, a dance hall, a blacksmith and a livery stable. Several historical photos show the way things used to look on Main Street. “Travel to the Past” is an interactive map showcasing historic photos of Tigard.

In 1940, an overpass for the Pacific Highway (99W) was built just north of Main Street. Much of Tigard's new development moved away from Main Street and towards commercial strips along Pacific Highway and elsewhere. 

In September 2005 the volunteer Downtown Task Force, made up of residents, property and business owners, completed the Downtown Improvement Plan adobe icon (13 MB). This plan will guide the development of a Town Center for Tigard and laid the foundation for the 2006 Urban Renewal Plan and District. The Urban Renewal Plan and associated tax increment financing have provided structure, tools, and funding for projects that are helping to revitalize downtown Tigard.


Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan (2005): Provides the blueprint for the evolution of Downtown Tigard into a vital, vibrant, mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly environment.

City Center Urban Renewal Plan (2005): Contains goals, objectives and projects for the revitalization of the City Center (Downtown) TIF District.

Downtown Future Vision: A visual refinement of the Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan. Click here for a summary version of the Downtown Future Vision.

Sean Farrelly, Project Manager
503-718-2420 | Email
Inside Tigard: Indoor Entertainment Guide

From skydiving to scuba, Tigard is home to a wide variety of indoor entertainment. Explore the map above to find your next indoor destination.

Downtown Art Walk
Art Walk

This interactive map guides you on a walking tour of downtown Tigard’s growing public art collection.

City Center TIF District: Past, Present, FutureDowntown projects

View an interactive map of current, completed and proposed future projects in Downtown Tigard

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