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Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District: connecting people, parks and nature: District celebrating its 60th anniversary of dedicated service

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Bob Wayt, THPRD

24 THPRD turns 60 - for April 2015 - 3-12-15For most public agencies, March 4, 2015 was just another date. Not for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Sixty years ago on that date, voters in the Beaverton area approved a taxing structure for the district, and THPRD was officially born. The vote capped a two-year campaign led by local physical education instructor Elsie Stuhr and other citizens who foresaw growth in the area and the need for park and recreation services.

Two years later, in 1957, the district opened its first facility, the Beaverton Swim Center, which is still in use today next to Beaverton High School.

From those humble beginnings, THPRD has grown to encompass 50 square miles. The park district includes not only the City of Beaverton but many unincorporated areas of Washington County that are adjacent to it: Aloha, Bethany, Cedar Mill and Raleigh Hills, to name a few.

The population within those boundaries is 230,000. It is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Oregon, and THPRD embraces the opportunity, offering something for everyone. Fun, after all, is a universal language.

The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, more than 90 park sites with active recreational amenities, 60 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,400 acres of natural areas.

“Our success has been built on a supportive community and a commitment to provide a wide variety of high-quality park and recreational services that meet the needs of our residents,” said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager. “By design, the district started very small, proved itself to voters, and grew gradually into what it is today: the envy of many communities.”

Throughout the remainder of 2015, the 60th anniversary celebration will be woven into an assortment of district communications, activities and events. For example, when registration for spring classes began on March 7, registrants were invited to enter a drawing. Five lucky winners each received a $60 THPRD gift card.

“It’s going to be a fun year,” Menke said. “We invite our patrons to join us in the celebration.”

For more information about the park district, visit or call 503-645-6433.

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