City of Tigard Awarded Coveted National Endowment for the Arts Grant
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 60 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The City of Tigard is one of 60 recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 to add interpretative elements and artworks as part of an Outdoor Museum along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail. Details here...
Updated January 2018
Heritage Trail Survey
As trail design moves forward, we need YOUR input on content for future interpretative elements. An online survey is available for residents to gauge their interest in certain topics and provide feedback as to what interpretative elements should be explored.
With a focus on culture, history, legacy and identity this survey will explore YOUR experiences in Tigard and how it has shaped you and the community around you. This survey will culminate in artful storytelling and interpretative elements to be included in the trail and Rotary Plaza.
¡Cuéntenos su historia! Aunque el sendero ya está diseñado, todavía necesitamos SUS comentarios sobre los elementos interpretativos que serán colocados a lo largo del sendero. Comparta sus historias, fechas y vínculos personales con Tigard al completar esta encuesta breve.
Updated September 7, 2017
Design of the Tigard Street Heritage Trail Moves on to Phase II!
At three successful Walk and Talk events we heard your thoughts on trail features and the design for the Tigard Street Heritage Trail. City staff and trail designers engaged with attendees in intimate conversations that led to a final design (view enlarged file here) of this ¾-mile multi-use trail that runs parallel to Tigard Street. Our hope is that once complete, the Tigard Street Heritage Trail will become a cultural resource and a pedestrian friendly corridor that connects the community to downtown Tigard.
Updated August 30, 2017
Seeking Public Input on Trail Design!
Join us at at 12345 SW Main Street for a Walk & Talk as we explore the future Tigard Street Heritage Trail. This meeting is an opportunity for residents and trail-users to share their thoughts on design features and trail elements along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail.
- Tigard Street Heritage Trail Walk & Talk Last Event
Thursday, August 31 from 5-7 p.m.
Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Rotary Plaza (12345 SW Main St.)
Take a step forward with us as we explore the future of the Tigard Street Heritage Trail. We want to hear your thoughts about trail features and the design of the Tigard Street Heritage Trail! This ¾-mile multi-use trail runs parallel to Tigard Street. When fully designed it will include lighting, landscaping, trail amenities, and cultural components.
Join us at the final design opportunity for the Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Rotary Plaza. Attendees will give input at three key stations:
- 1.) Visualizing the entire length of the trail with a large map designed to orient visitors with the size and scope of the project. After learning how the design has progressed through each Walk and Talk, attendees will give their final feedback.
- 2.) Choose signs and other decorative elements for the area. Up to three interpretive sign styles will show a range of potential interpretative elements to be added along the trail.
- 3.) Potential content for future interpretative elements will be provided in unique categories. Attendees will gauge their interest in certain topics and provide feedback as to what interpretative elements should be explored.
Engage in intimate conversations with the design team and City staff as we present designs based on feedback from previous Walk and Talks. Once design is completed later this year, the city will begin construction in 2018.
Our hope is that the Tigard Street Heritage Trail will become a cultural resource, and a pedestrian friendly corridor that connects the community to downtown Tigard.
March 29, 2017
Name Chosen: Rotary Plaza
A gathering area, adjacent to Main Street, at the south end of the Tigard Street Heritage Trail has been named Rotary Plaza. See Resolution 17-14 for details.
City team met with ODOT Rail and Trimet for a rail diagnostic to talk about the Tigard Street Heritage Trail where it intersects an active rail line at Main Street and at Tiedeman.
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor parallel to Tigard Street, acquired by the city in December 2013. It provides a safe, off-street biking, walking and skating commuter route. In summer 2015, the City laid down a temporary porous asphalt treatment from Tiedeman Avenue to Tigard’s downtown commercial core and the Tigard Transit Center. This temporary trail has proven the demand to justify a complete multi-use trail that includes a finished surface treatment, lighting, landscaping, fencing and cultural amenities.
Filling this local gap in the regional transportation system will enhance access to transit, employment and commerce. It also provides a significant safety benefit by providing pedestrians and bicyclists a dedicated facility that is usable year round as an alternative to the traveling on Tigard Street.
The trail makes a connection to downtown Tigard and supports an emerging small plaza between the Tigard Chamber of Commerce building and rail line in downtown Tigard. The Tigard Street Trail is also part of a unique cultural resource in the City of Tigard. The already popular bike and pedestrian infrastructure will soon celebrate local heritage and identity as a “pedestrian boulevard” with historic and cultural landmarks. See the 2015 Heritage Trail Concept design here.
Grant Proposal: Connect Oregon VI
Update: On Aug. 18, 2016, the Oregon Transportation Commission announced a $700,000 grant through the Connect Oregon VI grant program to the City of Tigard to upgrade a temporary trail into a path to employment linking one of the city’s manufacturing corridors and downtown commercial district to workers in surrounding neighborhoods. Tigard’s proposal for the Tigard Street Trail received a positive review—the third best project in the state and the top bike and pedestrian project.
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail supports transportation options for Tigard’s residential workforce to employment centers locally and regionally. This includes a direct connection to a downtown urban renewal district of 220 firms, employing more than 1,400 residents from around the region. It also provides bike and pedestrian commuter access to another 61 companies operating in industrial zones at both ends of the trail employing more than 600 people in manufacturing, distribution and trade sector occupations. Beyond local employment, the trail provides a connection for the city’s 50,300 residents to regional employment centers, commerce and services ranging from downtown Portland to Beaverton via TriMet transit and WES commuter rail at the trail’s southern terminus at the Tigard Transit center.
The Tigard Street Heritage Trail serves as a unique cultural resource in the City of Tigard. As a gateway into Tigard’s redeveloping downtown, the bike and pedestrian pathway will celebrate local heritage and the city’s identity as a “pedestrian boulevard.” As design work moves forward, the city will use the trail as a venue to showcase features and amenities that recognize local culture and identity. Grant funding will also support street lighting, supporting the trail’s design as a well-used corridor and that is safe and visually open.
The project completes a connection to a downtown commercial core that has been improved through public and private investment totaling more than $66.8 million over the last nine years—strategically following the city’s 2011 Economic Opportunity Analysis, Urban Renewal Plan and Regional 2040 Town Center designation. The project will also work as the backbone of a network of trails and sidewalks that connect to the north end of this alignment and provide a safe and pleasant route to walk, bike or stroller to downtown, the transit center and employment destinations.