Cultural Plaza Project

Invest in Inspiration

8.8 million opportunities

Did you know that 8.8 MILLION cars drive past the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Highway 101, each and every year? Amazing, but true.

What do they see now? The historic Delake School, still lovely but surrounded by crumbling sidewalks, broken pavement, ailing trees and rusty fencing...

The Lincoln City Cultural Plaza project will transform our broken-down schoolyard into the most creative and pedestrian-friendly welcome mat on the central coast. With meandering paths, engaging art, fresh landscaping and parking that is easy and safe, the Plaza will send a message to the world: creative things are happening here. Come in!

Cultural Plaza Project

Designed in cooperation with the landscape architect firm Shapiro Didway, the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza project will create a pedestrian-friendly envelope around the building, with safe and attractive spaces at every entrance. Other features include:
•  A meandering path that will be ADA compliant as well as convenient for vendor vehicles;
•  New patios on the south and east, in the most protected and sunny locations;
•  An outdoor classroom for activities like raku kiln firing and children’s classes;
•  Dedicated spaces for public art installations, immediate and in the future;
•  Gathering places with seating and decorative paving, including a custom-built location for the annual community Christmas tree;
•  Adequate lighting for evening use, throughout the parking and pedestrian areas; and
• Redesigned traffic flow and parking area, with islands and other upgrades required by city code.

The Design Process

The LCCC Board of Directors has been working on the Plaza design since early 2018, using an open and community-based process. Board and staff conducted 25 stakeholder information/input meetings, along with four public input events and a written comment process that was open for six months. We continue to work with major partners, including the City of Lincoln City and our neighbors at Pacific Power, to refine the plans.

Early Support

Campaign Fundraising Plan

The Plaza Project has an estimated price tag of $2.2 million, with $250,000 in contributions from individuals which we hope to raise in time to start construction in 2020. In addition to the $200,000 already provided by the City of Lincoln City, we are on the shortlist for $600,000 in cultural infrastructure funding from the Oregon Legislature. If our plan is a success, the remainder of the funds will come from regional foundation grants and in-kind donations of building materials.

Cultural Plaza Campaign

$191,275 of $250,000 raised

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