Millennium Plaza Park
Millennium Plaza Park is a major new downtown public park and gathering space located on Lake Oswego’s urban waterfront. The park is designed to provide visual and physical access to the City’s namesake lake, create a space for celebrations and events, and consolidate a property divided by major grade changes and an active rail line. The primary goal was to create a dramatic new park at the City’s core to foster a sense of place and attract private investment and secure the value of the existing public investment downtown.
The design includes a one-block extension of a city street, art work and water features, plazas, gardens, pergola, restrooms, overlooks and connections to the City-owned lakefront. Materials capture the essence of the City with copper roof, Columbia River basalt walls and columns and granite caps.
Millennium Plaza Park is the community’s first central gathering space in the heart of downtown and has become the City’s signature public space. It has become a well-loved part of the downtown culture – a place to gather and meet with family and friends and a place for special events and celebrations such as the annual Christmas tree lighting, the Saturday farmers market, concerts and movie night in summers. The Saturday farmers market alone draws in approximately 8,000 people every week. The park is also central to the celebration of the arts in Lake Oswego and home to artwork by California artist Simon Toparovsky. The completion of redesigned streetscapes and Millennium Park has also acted as a catalyst that brought long-sought-after private developer and retail interest to the downtown and has revitalized the downtown.
Jennifer* played a significant role with the park’s design, as well as providing park detailing, construction documents, and project management for this signature park.
*While principal with another firm
Client: City of Lake Oswego
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon