From the beginning, Let Us Build Cully Park! was founded on a deep commitment to community involvement and community capacity building. 2011, we designed a bilingual survey to identify awareness of the Cully Park project, issues around park development, interest in participating, and the community’s park priorities. Over 225 surveys were collected by six Cully-focused nonprofits. Results included: 83% stated it is “Very Important” or “Important” the Park development process involve the community; 52% of stated that it is “Very Important” to create jobs for local residents from building the Park; 55% stated that it is “Very Important” that the Park provides education for local youth.

In response to the survey’s community engagement and education priorities, Verde and partners applied our outreach capacity to lead Cully Park’s design process. From the Community Garden to the Play Area to the Native Gathering Garden, Cully students, families and other community members have designed Cully Park. These outreach activities involved 612 community members in the project, including 191 youth.

In response to the survey’s economic priorities, Verde applied our social enterprise capacity to build Cully Park, with Verde Builds serving as project developer and general contractor and Verde Landscape serving as lead landscape contractor. This approach allows the project to set ambitious contracting and workforce diversity goals, achieving over 75% minority- and women-owned contractors. Additionally, the project expanded Verde’s capacity to develop environmental infrastructure and replicate the Cully Park model.

Of course, Verde didn’t do this by ourselves. There’s a reason we named our campaign Let Us Build Cully Park! ‐ no single organization or community or jurisdiction could build it alone. Learn more about our Partners here.

Community Resources

Let Us Build Cully Park Portland Oregon

Hacienda CDC


Cully Park Portland Oregon

Portland Parks and Recreation

Cully Association of Neighbors

Living Cully

Meet the Design and Build Team

  • 2 Ink Studio
  • Emerio Design
  • ESA Vigil-Agrimis
  • Geo Design
  • Nemariam Engineers & Associates
  • Metro
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Pietrok Engineering
  • Portland Parks and Recreation
  • Probity Builders
  • Reyes Engineering
  • Geograde
  • Naim Hasan Photography
  • American Veterans Security
  • Propel Insurance
  • Henkels Law
  • Verde Builds
  • MCIP
  • CICP
  • Twirl Advertising & Design, LLC
  • A2 Fab
  • Accurate Landsurvey
  • ACF West
  • Affordable Electric
  • All Play Systems
  • American Veteran Security
  • Blossom Construction
  • Bryan Green Plumbing
  • Colas Construction
  • ColorMap Renovations
  • Columbia Cascade
  • Dan Jones Conveyor
  • Dave Mills Survey
  • Emerald Stone
  • Faison Construction
  • Fulcrum Construction
  • GR Morgan
  • Hildebrand
  • Interlaken
  • Kodiak
  • Konell Construction
  • Madden Industrial
  • MC Enterprises
  • Northwest Infrastructure
  • NW Hydromulchers
  • NW Natural
  • NW Playground
  • O’Neill Construction
  • Oregon Log
  • Pacific Northwest Roofing
  • PP&L
  • PSI Inspections
  • Raimore Construction
  • Reliable Fence
  • Ross Recreation
  • SiteOne
  • Summit Wood Creations
  • Toran Construction
  • Verde Landscape
  • Vancouver Playground
  • Wildwood Playground
  • Willamette Graystone