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Native Gathering Garden

Community Garden
Native Gathering Garden Cedar Circle
Brought to life through community vision, the Native Gathering Garden at Cully Park is a catalyst for strengthening our relationships with plants while healing places.
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About the Native Gathering Garden

Brought to life through community vision, the Native Gathering Garden at Thomas Cully Park is a catalyst for strengthening our relationships with plants while healing places.

By providing a space for community to gather, host cultural celebrations, and engage in Indigenous land practices, we are reclaiming the urban forest. This work is rooted in respecting and educating through Indigenous cultural values. We do this to honor those who came before us and tended this land, as well as to build upon our inheritance for future generations.

Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to stay connected to this Native Gathering Garden. If you are interested in receiving email updates about the Garden or have any questions, please contact Native Gathering Garden Coordinator, Nichole Bruno at

Jardín Indígena para la Comunidad

Gracias a una visión comunitaria que le dio vida, este Jardín Indígena para la Comunidad es un catalizador para fortalecer nuestras relaciones con las plantas en un entorno restaurativo.

Al proporcionar un espacio para la comunidad, las celebraciones culturales y para participar en prácticas indígenas para el uso de tierras, estamos recuperando el bosque urbano. Nuestro trabajo está basado en el respeto y educación por medio de los valores culturales indígenas. Hacemos esto para honrar a nuestros antepasados que cuidaron esta tierra, así como para desarrollar nuestro patrimonio para las generaciones futuras.

El Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Portland le invita a mantener su conexión con este Jardín Indígena para la Comunidad. Si le interesa recibir actualizaciones electrónicas sobre el Jardín, por favor, envíe un correo electrónico a

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In 2000, City of Portland Parks and Recreation acquired a 25‐acre landfill in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, designating it as the location for a new park: Cully Park. Nationwide, many landfills have been safely redeveloped into parks, so the site was a clear opportunity to address the Cully neighborhood’s lack of parks, healthy open space, and habitat. In 2008, a Master Plan was completed, but Portland Parks and Recreation had no funding to build the Park. Community action and outside resources were needed to bring a park to Portland’s most park‐deprived neighborhood.

A Public‐Private Partnership.

In 2012, Portland City Council approved the partnership, meaning that Verde could fundraise for, design and construct Cully Park: community garden; new access via NE 72nd Greenstreet; off‐leash dog area; parking lot; play area; trails; fitness course; overlook; habitat restoration; picnic areas; youth soccer field; and the Native Gathering Garden. Together, Verde and Portland Parks raised over $13 million to build Cully Park and the Native Gathering Garden.

Accessibility Notes

Accessibility Information:Parking -

  • Parking lot (50 cars total)
  • 4 designated ADA parking spaces (4 van)
  • Paved pathway to play area
  • 350 feet to Native Gathering Garden

Other Amenities

  • Two accessible Portland Loo restrooms
  • Accessible picnic area in Thomas Cully Park playground

Park Location or Entrance

North of NE 72nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97218

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Open hours

All days: 5:00am - 12:00am


Nichole Bruno

Native Gathering Garden Coordinator

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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