Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District: connecting people, parks and nature: District names 3 parks purchased from a developer
by Bob Wayt
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Board of Directors have approved the names of three new park sites – one in south Beaverton and two in the Cedar Mill area. All three were acquired from developer Polygon Northwest within the last two years.
The south Beaverton park – which spans 1.2 acres and is located just east of SW Murray Boulevard at the corner of SW Weir Road, and SW Old Weir Road – has been named Steeplechase Park. Recreational amenities include play equipment, picnic areas and open lawn areas.
“Steeplechase” was chosen after the district’s outreach efforts revealed strong public support for a horse-themed name, which is consistent with naming of streets in the area. Two adjacent THPRD sites, Wildhorse Park and Buckskin Park, also reflect the horse theme.
THPRD, in partnership with the City of Beaverton, purchased the fully improved park from Polygon Northwest in May 2014.
A one-acre neighborhood park in the Cedar Mill area, located within the Timberland development at the corner of NW 118th Avenue and NW Stone Mountain Lane, will now be known as Timberland Park. Recreational amenities include a public plaza, splash pad, play equipment and open lawn areas.
THPRD acquired the fully improved park from Polygon Northwest in June 2015. The third newly named site, an 8.77-acre natural area in the southeast corner of the Timberland development at NW 116th Avenue and NW Cedar Falls Drive, will be known as the Cedar Mill Creek Greenway.
The site offers recreational trail amenities including a portion of the Cedar Mill Creek Trail that loops around the Timberland development. It also features significant natural resources and two large storm water ponds as well as recreational opportunities such as hiking and wildlife viewing.
THPRD acquired the fully improved natural area from Polygon Northwest in August 2015.
THPRD conducted an extensive outreach effort, from August to November, to gather public input on potential names for the three sites. Methods included mailings, direct communications with certain neighborhood groups and community members, website postings, and signs at the three locations.