Thomas Cully Park Master Plan and Design

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The Cully neighborhood is considered Portland’s most parks-deficient neighborhood. For more than 20 years, Cully residents set their sights on the conversion of a former 25-acre landfill into a park that would be well located and large enough for a range of community activities.

ESA led the preparation of a creative, sustainable, and technically responsible master plan for this new park for Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R). The park site is surrounded by industrial, commercial, and residential land uses. To initiate park concept planning, our design team steered the project through a number of complex issues including needs assessment, access improvement, user safety, and the design and management for active and passive recreation uses. We worked with a diverse Project Advisory Group to build consensus from a well attended design charrette and by addressing concerns over visual access and environmental safety to shape the master plan.

The park program includes an Inter-Tribal Gathering Garden; playground; soccer, softball, and baseball fields; a plaza and concession area; sport court; picnic facilities; restrooms; trails; community garden; off-leash dog area; and native prairie revegetation. Following the completion of the master plan, we assisted the Let Us Build Cully Park!/Verde coalition, a collaboration of community-based organizations, by partitioning the master plan into phases that could be developed with grants and other funding sources. The coalition received a large grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program and has proceeded with the development of the Inter-Tribal Gathering Garden, community garden, and soft-surface trails.

Phase 1 for Cully Park is proceeding in design and construction. Construction of the NE 72nd Avenue Greenstreet entry to Thomas Cully Park will start in late 2015. Construction of major elements of Cully Park will begin in summer 2016.

Specialized Services

  • County and city regulations and mandates
  • Design specifications and construction bid packages
  • Development feasibility (constraints/opportunities, due diligence)
  • Engineering design and construction documents
  • Master planning
  • Native plant revegetation
  • Public access, trail analysis and design