A beautiful day for a tour of the Cully Park site, with a group of Catlin Gabel students that are taking part in the PLACE Program, an urban studies program that “…focuses on how we relate to our urban environment through smart planning and effective leadership. PLACE is for high school students and recent high school graduates from around the region. During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential program, you will learn from the city’s best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland’s future. During PLACE you and a talented group of students will meet with sustainability experts, urban designers, social equity advocates and city leaders and work on planning projects.”
Tony DeFalco of Verde was kind enough to join the group to discuss the goals of Let us Build Cully Park!, community social enterprise, community engagement and more. The students saw the NE 72nd area, community garden, site of the future Tribal Plant Gathering area, and the North Slope Restoration zone. The tour was part of their research for a real world project, and they had great questions related to phasing, community involvement, and site specific design processes. Some photos below.