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Volume 17, Issue 9
September 2019


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Native Plant Sale
Using native plants in your landscape has many benefits! Learn more from the volunteers.

THPRD Fall Native Plant Sale

Saturday, October 5, 10 am-2 pm, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 SW Millikan Way

Fall is the perfect time to plant native plants in your garden! Once established, native plants need little care and water. Select from a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants for every spot in your garden.

Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to answer your questions. The Friends of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park sponsor this event, with proceeds going towards future park improvements and environmental education programs.

Dog Park meeting held at Husen Park

dogs in a park

Many dogs need to run off-leash to get healthy exercise

A “listening session” was held at Jackie Husen Park on August 29 to gather neighbor input on a proposed “Dog Run” to be installed at the northeast corner of the park, located at 10955 NW Reeves St. According to the Park District’s new guidelines, a Dog Run is a smaller facility than a full-size dog park that can be located in a neighborhood park.

Two locations were suggested for the facility: one near the north margin of the area, and one closer to the community garden. Attendees were asked to vote for their preferences, and also to place red or green stickers on a board indicating their support or opposition to the facility.

According to Keith Watson, Community Programs Manager for THPRD, “The data collected at last night's listening session has not yet been evaluated and at this point we have not confirmed next steps.”

Watson declined to share images from the meeting, saying, “THPRD is opting not to promote or advertise the installation of dog runs in small neighborhood parks. We want these to be used by local neighbors and not be destination sites for the entire district. We believe word of mouth is an appropriate amount of publicity as we test this concept.”

Because there is a lot of pent-up demand for places to exercise and socialize dogs in our area, we don’t find THPRD’s expectation to be realistic. Secret places don’t stay secret for long, with social media.

Visit THPRD’s page on dog parks to learn more. There’s a Facebook Group for dog park advocates to discuss the subject. Join to stay in the conversation.

Help improve trails at Lost Park

Saturday, September 28, 9 am-noon, Lost Park, 2120 NW 111th Ave.

Help improve a staircase at Lost Park, including replacing gravel and wood, trimming hedges, and installing traction treads. Tools, snacks, and a water cooler will be provided. Please bring a re-useable water bottle to drink from throughout the project, and work gloves.

Sign up to volunteer!



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