Cully Youth Explore Possibilities for Living Cully Plaza

On November 3rd, 25 middle and high school students from the Cully neighborhood gathered at Living Cully Plaza (the former Sugar Shack property) across the street from Hacienda’s Clara Vista Campus for the first of 6 classes in partnership with Living Cully, Alex Salazar Architecture and Portland Parks and Recreation. Through the 6 sessions students have a unique opportunity to lend their voices to the visioning for the outdoor area at Living Cully Plaza, while also learning design skills and strategies to advocate for neighborhood improvements. Many of the youth have already been deeply involved in the project in some way, from creating a video that helped with fundraising for acquisition, to helping pick up trash and attending community input meetings. So far, Living Cully has heard from the group that they want a safe space to hang out that also provides recreation opportunities. The classes will culminate on December 9th with a design charette and the creation of an architectural rendering for the space.

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