Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District: Connecting People, Parks and Nature: New park opens in Aloha with recreational amenities for everyone
by Bob Wayt
Mountain View Champions Park, a 21.5-acre site in Aloha featuring “Champions Too,” Oregon’s first athletic field for people of all abilities, is now open to the public.
The park is owned and managed by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. Through a partnership with the Beaverton School District, it is located at and adjacent to Mountain View Middle School (SW 170th Avenue and SW Farmington Road).
It includes side-by-side synthetic turf fields with lights and a natural grass baseball field with a multipurpose outfield. Among the other amenities are tennis courts, play equipment, a community garden, shelters, a permanent restroom and concession stand, pathways, an open lawn area and parking.
The Champions Too field also features synthetic turf with lights. It represents a major effort by THPRD to expand its recreational offerings to those experiencing disability. The field will be available to able-bodied athletes when not in use by those with disabilities.
In addition to Champions Too, THPRD further recognized the needs of all abilities by providing a 6,500-square-foot inclusive playground. The colorful apparatus can be used for climbing, sliding and other fun activities.
Mountain View Champions Park is the largest undertaking of THPRD’s 2008 voter-approved bond measure, which has included 130 projects. It was funded mostly by the bond, but Champions Too and certain other site amenities were supported by a separate community fundraising campaign.
“This major new park is a wonderful addition to Aloha and the rest of our park district, serving a variety of recreational needs for residents,” said Jerry Jones, president of the THPRD Board of Directors and an Aloha native himself. “It will be a natural gathering place where users can enjoy themselves and other people.”
Construction began in June 2016 and finished on schedule, although weather (snow, rain and freezing temperatures followed by extreme heat) was a significant challenge during most of the project.
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 240,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, 95 park sites with active recreational amenities, nearly 70 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and about 1,500 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.