Downtown Tigard is a lively blend of modern city amenities with the friendliness and community spirit of a small town.

Imagine a walkable village with ample opportunity for all ages to live, work, shop and play.

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Downtown Tigard offers an international blend of restaurants, world class paddle tennis play and instruction, fine whiskeys, specialty beers, martial arts and self-defense instruction, specialty jewelry, designer consignment clothing, scuba gear and instruction, fresh and salt water fishing gear, stationery, car repair, banking, dry cleaning and the seasonal Tigard Farmers Market. The Ash Street Dog Park is also conveniently located right off the Fanno Creek Trail.

Transformation

Take a walk down Tigard’s Main Street and it may be difficult to remember how it looked just a few years ago. The City of Tigard has an urban renewal agency – the City Center Development Agency (CCDA) – which is governed by the Board of the CCDA (City Council) and advised by the City center Advisory Commission. The CCDA partnered with the Tigard Downtown Alliance (TDA), The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) and other agencies to revitalize this 193-acre area located just east of Pacific Highway between Hall Boulevard and Main Street. This group of business owners, property owners and other stakeholders worked to leverage private and public resources to revitalize downtown, creating a mixed-use destination spot that is very walkable. 

While the transformation of Tigard’s downtown remains a work in progress, we want to share what’s been accomplished to date, what’s coming next and invite you to rediscover downtown. 

What’s new?

TIGARD STREET TRAIL

The Tigard Street Heritage Trail uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor and provides a safe, off-street trail connecting to Tigard’s Downtown. Check out this outdoor museum to learn about Tigard’s history. It includes lighting, landscaping, trail amenities, and cultural components. A small plaza called Rotary Plaza has also been developed with amenities where the trail meets Main Street.

Tigard Street Heritage Trail rendering

BANNERS, BIKE RACKS, BENCHES AND MORE

In 2015, the TDA also installed streetscape features along Main Street to enhance the visitor experience:

  • 20 Hanging glass baskets made by a downtown entrepreneur
  • 10 Decorative bike racks
  • 9 Benches
  • 2 Bike tuneup stations including air pumps and repair tools
  • 20 Banners promoting downtown community events and attractions

CROSS STREET BANNER

In July of 2017, the TDA installed a cross street banner over Main Street. Ben Dye was the artist that designed, created and installed the banner polls. The glass balls were created by Live, Laugh, Love Art Studio. The art was funded by private donations and a grant from the Washington County Visitors Association

PUBLIC ART

The City of Tigard and the Tigard Downtown Alliance has focused on bringing more local art to Downtown Tigard. Since 2015, we have added sculptures, murals, glass baskets and more throughout Downtown Tigard. Check out the Downtown Tigard art page to see the pieces and their location.

MAIN AND BURNHAM STREETS

Tigard’s Main Street Green Street project rebuilt the southern half of Main Street, from Pacific Highway/99W to the railroad crossing near Commercial Street. Funded in part with a $2.54 million Metro grant, the project provided safer pedestrian crossings, green streetscape planters that help remove pollutants from stormwater, new sidewalks, streetlights, benches and bike racks. A complete rebuild of adjoining Burnham Street was completed in 2011.

Coming soon

MAIN STREET GREEN STREET PHASE 2

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 in FY 2020-21.

MAIN STREET AT FANNO CREEK REVEVELOPMENT

As part of its redevelopment plan, the city is proposing a mixed-use building and public space on Main Street overlooking Fanno Creek. Currently, the City of Tigard is working on a purchasing agreement with AVA Roasteria.

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.

DOWNTOWN TIGARD’S UNIVERSAL PLAZA

Preliminary design work has started on Downtown’s Universal Plaza, a city park and event space large enough to hold major events. Conceptual plans feature a splash pad, tree canopy maze, artwork and tool sharing pavilion.

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 urban renewal 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.

Things to do

TIGARD FARMERS MARKET

Sundays, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. May through October corner of Tigard Street and Main Street. With about seven farms and more than 35 vendors, the Tigard Farmers Market brings fresh local products to the Tigard community. You’ll enjoy entertainment, delicious food, children activities and more. Visit www.tigardfarmersmarket.org for a vendor list and to see what’s in season at the market.

FANNO CREEK TRAIL

This regional trail extends 15 miles from Tualatin to Portland. Passing through Tigard, Beaverton and Washington County, the trail is a paved, multi-use pathway for walkers, runners, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts of all ages. Clean Water Services, in partnership with the City of Tigard, is planning to restore the stream just south of downtown. This will improve water quality and slow erosion and incision on the creek bed. The project will also replace the Ash Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and improve a segment of the trail.

TIGARD STREET HERITAGE TRAIL

The Tigard Street Heritage Trail uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor and provides a safe, off-street trail connecting to Tigard’s Downtown. Check out this outdoor museum to learn about Tigard’s history. It includes lighting, landscaping, trail amenities, and cultural components. A small plaza called Rotary Plaza has also been developed with amenities where the trail meets Main Street.

Partnerships and Programs

Urban Renewal Matching Funds

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

Brownfields Initiative

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

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.