Connecting People, Parks & Nature: THPRD Committed to Access for All

By THPRD Staff

The giving season, where families pledge money, resources and time to important causes, is almost here. At Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District we are committed to community giving all year long through our Access for All initiative.

More than just a motto, THPRD embeds Access for All into everything we do. Our commitment to social equity takes down barriers to participation, allowing everyone in our diverse community to access programs, facilities and parks.

From creating welcoming environments and targeted programing to supporting our social equity partners and providing direct financial assistance, THPRD has committed over $1.6 million to Access for All in the last year. Efforts include:

Family Promise of Beaverton: THPRD provides safe, secure overnight shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness. Housed in a recreation center during a scheduled maintenance closure, guests use all available amenities, like showers, fitness rooms and gymnasiums, during their stay. THPRD is the only park district in the U.S. to partner with Family Promise.

Summer Meals Program: Almost 15% of people in Oregon are food insecure, meaning they are without access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. Over the years, THPRD has emerged as a reliable food source for Beaverton-area kids, serving 50,000 free meals a year in our summer camps and year-round programs.

All Ability Tri4Youth: Nobody sits on the sidelines at the All Ability Tri4Youth, an inclusive triathlon for participants age 8-26. Created in partnership with FACT Oregon, the event empowers youth experiencing disability and their families to set fitness goals, compete and feel the pride of physical achievements.

Financial Assistance: THPRD provides discounts for health and wellness opportunities to seniors through the Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit programs and youth through RxPlay. Our aquatics department provided free swim lessons to 300 children through this year’s Make a Splash initiative. We also provide direct scholarships to qualified families.

These are just a few ways we help the entire community grow, be active and thrive. If you would like to join us, consider a donation to the Tualatin Hills Park Foundation this year. To donate, please visit https://www.thprd.org/foundation/v2/donate.cfm. Your generosity can help support Access for All to THPRD services.