Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District: connecting people, parks and nature community park, trail link and synthetic turf top list of 2016 bond projects
by Bob Wayt
Although most of the work resulting from its 2008 bond measure is complete, THPRD still has some major construction projects to fi nish – three of them this year:
- The district will soon begin development of a 21.5-acre community park at and around Mountain View Middle School in Aloha. Features will include side-by-side synthetic turf fi elds with lights and a natural grass baseball fi eld with a multipurpose outfi eld. Also planned is “Champions Too,” Oregon’s fi rst multipurpose athletic fi eld designed for people of all abilities. Other amenities include tennis courts, play equipment, community garden, shelters, a restroom and concession stand, pathways, and an open lawn area. Construction of the park is scheduled to start this summer and be completed in the fall of 2017.
- Just north of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park near 158th Avenue, THPRD will connect the Westside Trail to the Waterhouse Trail, one of the fi nal links in a mostly continuous trail system that will extend 10 miles northsouth from PCC Rock Creek to Barrows Road (south of Scholls Ferry Road). THPRD also plans trestle improvements, safety upgrades at the MAX crossing on Merlo Road, and a relocated and improved mid-block crossing on 158th Avenue. Construction of the link is slated to start in April and be completed this fall.
- The park district also plans to install a new synthetic turf fi eld at Conestoga Middle School in south Beaverton to help address continually growing demand from Beaverton-area athletes. Construction is scheduled to start this summer and be completed in the fall.
“It’s a big year for us with these three projects,” said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager. “We’re anxious to get started on construction and bring the benefits of these new amenities to our residents as soon as possible.”
Natural Resources to be active too. THPRD will partner with Clean Water Services to increase habitat diversity, promote native wildlife, and improve water quality along the Rock Creek Trail between West Union Road and Kaiser Road. Non-native plants will be removed and replaced with thousands of native plants over an area of about 40 acres. Work is expected to begin in summer 2016 and take several years, with most of it completed in three years.