The mission of the Cully Park Tribal Gathering Garden is to provide the Portland Native community and Tribes whose ceded land includes the Cully Park site with a place to commune, cultivate indigenous foods and materials for cultural practices and traditions, and restore the associated knowledge, skills and ethics.
In 2000, City of Portland Parks and Recreation acquired a 25‐acre landfill in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, designating it as the location for a new park: Cully Park. Nationwide, many landfills have been safely redeveloped into parks, so the site was a clear opportunity address Cully’s lack of parks, healthy open space and habitat. 2008, a Master Plan was completed, but Portland Parks and Recreation had no funding to build the Park. Community action and outside resources were needed to bring a park to Portland’s most park‐deprived neighborhood.
In response, Verde (a Cully‐based nonprofit) launched the !Let Us Build Cully Park! campaign, working with Portland Parks to create a public‐private partnership to develop Cully Park.
A Public‐Private Partnership.
2012, Portland City Council approved the partnership, meaning that Verde could fundraise for, design and construct Cully Park: community garden; new access via NE 72nd Greenstreet; off‐leash dog area; parking lot; play area; trails; fitness course; overlooks; habitat restoration; picnic areas; youth soccer field; and the Native Gathering Garden. Since 2012, Verde and Portland Parks have raised over $11M toward Cully Park’s $11.3M budget.
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