Portland's ideas for Darcelle Plaza include drag and dogs
Portlanders' vision for Darcelle XV Plaza includes an LGBTQ+ walk of fame, a dog park, and a permanent performance stage.
Driving the news: Portland Parks & Rec held a public meeting Sunday to tweak the design for a new park at SW Washington and Ninth Avenue.
- Members of the public talked with planners and left comments on the printed renderings.
- Some people asked for more lighting, drag shows and moveable seats.
What they're saying: "I hope they do an art walk," Isabel Peistrup told Axios, meaning a space where artists display their work.
- She moved to NE Portland from Los Angeles a year ago and said she would have no qualms about walking Luna, her German shepherd-husky mix, downtown to this park.
- "I want to be involved in the revamp of Portland," she said.
Details: In 2023, Parks and Rec held a call for design ideas but picked up the pace for proposals last year.
- David Goodyke, landscape architect at NNA Landscape Architecture, said the city then asked his firm for an interim design.
- Those early ideas included ramps, food carts and a large butterfly sculpture.
Of note: NNA is keeping it simple (and within the $7 million budget) by planning for a flat space in front of a permanent stage, and some steps leading to another flat space, similar to Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Portland Parks & Rec has an established process for involving the public in new building projects.
- For example, it has spent two years planning to replace the Columbia Pool with the North Portland Aquatic Center, which should open in 2029.
What we're watching: When the park opens in 2025, the Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University will study the way people use it, and NNA will come up with a permanent design in five to 10 years.
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