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Cully Neighborhood

Descriptions

Cully is an up-and-coming urban paradise located in Northeast Portland. With its close proximity to the airport and Washington border, this neighborhood offers a unique mix of culture thanks to its wonderfully diverse community. Here, neighbors look out for each other with many passionate locals taking active steps toward improving their beloved Cully.

Cully is a culturally diverse urban neighborhood with a mix of commercial and residential development. There is a strong sense of community identity, and active neighborhood involvement in issues such as effectively addressing crime, traffic control, and generally improving the quality and livability of the area.

Neighbor involvement and contributions recently helped in making the Rigler Community Garden a great success. The garden provides a great community gathering place, with an opportunity for children and adults to garden, and also helps provide a healthy food source for the surrounding community.

​Looking for a family-friendly spot in Portland? Look no further than Cully! With lovely homes and prices that won’t break the bank, this area is perfect for those seeking an attractive urban lifestyle. You’ll find classic offerings like ranch houses and mini Craftsman architectural styles sure to please any homeowner—it’s great starter property too!

Parks / Golf Course:

Sacajawea Park
Includes dog off-leash area – fenced, and paths – unpaved. Sacajawea, as all of Oregon’s schoolchildren know, was the wife of Toussaint Charbonneau, the Frenchman hired by Lewis and Clark to lead them across the west. Although Charbonneau was supposed to know his way, Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian, wound up being the real guide. Charbonneau was relegated to the role of interpreter. This park and school are named in Sacajawea’s honor. The statue of Sacajawea in Washington Park was the first statue honoring a woman to be unveiled in the United States.

Nearby Parks:

Rigler Community Garden
In 2000, Will Levenson and Starr Hogeboom, Friends of Trees volunteers who were in the Cully neighborhood selling trees door-to-door, noticed an ugly, dusty piece of land that Rigler School was using for overflow parking. Given that the neighborhood had no park, they came up with the idea of creating a community garden in that space. For the next two years, they applied for grants, recruited volunteers, solicited donations from local businesses, filed for city permits, and negotiated a lease with Portland Public Schools to prevent the land from being sold. In total, the group received $60,000 in grants and $10,000 in fundraising. Donated materials were worth an estimated $40,000. The garden opened in September 2005.​The Rigler Peace Garden, as it was unofficially named by the group of volunteers who built it, is used for both community gardening and for education. Its entrance, made of bricks and featuring a shiny sculpture made of galvanized steel and student artwork, invites children to learn about natural science as well as how to grow flowers and vegetables. A concrete path leads to a gazebo where teachers hold class. The inverted roof of the gazebo captures rainwater and funnels it down a chain into an underground storage tank that is connected to a hand-operated water pump. The north side of the garden is shaded by dozens of native trees, each one sponsored by a different Rigler classroom.

Khunamokwst Park
Khunamokwst Park is a new park in the Cully neighborhood. As one of the most economically and racially diverse neighborhoods in Portland, the project required an approach to public involvement that was broad, innovative and inclusive. This 2.5-acre park represents a new era of inclusive parks and has something for everyone. Park features include a small beginners skatepark, play areas that include traditional and nature-based play elements, interpretive art, small prefabricated restrooms, accessible looped pathway with seating areas, and flexible open space. The park includes many sustainable features, including water conservation, drought-tolerant planting design, efficient irrigation design, native or native-adaptive plant material, innovative stormwater solutions, energy efficient lights, use of recycled materials, local materials from vendors, and an eco-roof picnic shelter.

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