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Tigard’s long-awaited downtown plaza! 

Downtown Tigard
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.

What’s New?

  • Universal Plaza (9110 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.
  • Become a Design Advisor!
    We've started imagining many beautiful things that can happen here — and planning for a few of them! Your ongoing engagement can help us design the best possible plaza for all of Tigard. Sign-up to become a Design Advisor!

Participate, Activate, Engage!
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.

It's All About the Art

Musical Chairs
Musical Bench by
Artist Jill Torberson  Artist Jill Torberson

  • Universal Plaza is home to three temporary bench installations that engage visitors by encouraging them to make their own music or take a seat. 
  • Made available by Washington County Commissioners, and Tualatin Valley Creates as part of the Musical Benches Public Art Collection.
  • Jill Torberson, of Weld Metal Works, specializes in metal and steelwork and has created site-specific and historically relevant artworks on both large and small scales. 

Apple Box Seating
Apple Box Seating by Asami Morita

Asami studio
  • Playful moveable pieces allow visitors to place the seats anywhere on site. Allowing everyone to enjoy the plaza while remaining safe and socially distant.
  • The benches are inspired by Apple Boxes — wooden boxes used by event and
    film crews to stack and prop up various pieces of equipment.
  • Asami Morita is a model maker and fabricator.

Large Scale Mural
Large Scale Ground Mural 
Universal Plaza now features a temporary brightly colored, 34,000 square foot ground mural. Local muralists Susan Charnquist, Liam McLaughlin and Emily Lux, all led by Raziah Roushan have created a fun, bright, and jaw-dropping ground mural that is already drawing attention from the Plaza’s business neighbors and downtown visitors. 

Haiku Projections
A rotating selection of community generated haikus will be displayed in lights on the adjacent building from 4-10pm every night.

What's Happening Right Now?
Watch the live feed!  Or check out the timelapse video captured from the onsite camera.
Burnham Street Demo


Who's Listening?
Sean Farrelly 
Redevelopment Project Manager

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Get Involved!

Universal Plaza: Become a Design Advisor

Project Timeline
Here's where we're going

Public Space, Public Life Survey

Last year, consultants and Tigard 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 will inform the project moving forward.

Online and On-Site Activation

Our online engagement webpage will serve as the primary way the community can provide feedback on this project. View temporary art installations on our live camera feed, see time lapsed videos of the site cultivation and give your input on what kind of amenities you’d like to see. Eventually, the site will be opened for the community to interact, socially distant, with temporary art installations and other experimental artistic escapades.


Seeking Design Advisors now through 2021! We are creating an inclusive process where community members, like yourself, can engage with the design team and help create Universal Plaza. For this project especially, it is important to involve a diverse group of people who are truly representative of the entire Tigard community. The time commitment can be as little or much as you'd like.

Buildout & Construction

Permitting for the new plaza should be done by early 2022, clearing the way for construction and a grand opening in late summer or fall.


This plaza is funded through urban renewal dollars collected in the Downtown area.
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