Pendleton: Round-Up Gateway

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As the Pendleton Round-Up approached its 2010 centennial celebration, the Round-Up Association and supporters had raised millions of dollars to refurbish the Round-Up arena, including replacing old, uncovered grandstands with new covered grandstands and the design and construction of the Round-Up Centennial Plaza, with its dominant bronze statue of a bronc rider in front of the arena’s new gates. Nearby is a complicated intersection of several roads and the railroad that is the gateway to the Round-Up arena. In conjunction with other preparations for the centennial, this intersection was re-designed to both change the traffic pattern and increase its attractiveness. New landscaping, paving, fencing and structural designs were included in a cooperative effort of the city of Pendleton, the Pendleton Development Commission, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad.


  • From an original budget of $1.5 million the project was completed for $1,004,000
  • Urban renewal funding from the Pendleton Development Commission was $384,000
  • Unknown private costs were incurred by Union Pacific Railroad
  • Other public funding came from ODOT, $720,000. In addition, the city provided design, engineering and landscaping assistance
  • Once the project was complete the city parks department assumed responsibility for maintenance of landscaping

Community Benefits

  • Provided jobs through private contractors
  • Beautifies a previously ugly intersection
  • Improved safety of the RR crossing with new fences
  • Improved traffic patterns for safety
  • Supports tourism

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