Park News April 2023

THPRD Summer registration—save the date!

Saturday, April 15, 8 am in-district; Monday, April 17 out-of-district

Registration for summer classes and programs opens soon. Learn more here.

Park Development Updates

The Cedar Hills Park splash pad is being prepared for Memorial Day weekend opening.

North Bethany NW Heckman Lane Neighborhood Park

THPRD is planning a new park and community trail connection at the southeast corner of NW Heckman Lane and 159th Ave. This project will develop 2.39 acres of park along an established wetland habitat and connect the North Bethany Creek Trail from 160th to NW Shackelford Rd. As a project funded by the Metro Parks and Nature bond, the park’s design will feature amenities that help connect people to nature in a variety of ways, including nature play.

Ridgewood Park Dog Run

THPRD is excited to be completing the design and permitting process for the new permanent dog run at Ridgewood Park. Installation of this new dog run is planned to move forward this spring 2023.

Parivar Park

THPRD and contractors are continuing minor repairs throughout Parivar Park in North Bethany. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of May 2023. Certain areas of the park will be closed during this work, including areas around the seat wall, drinking fountain, and part of the climbing boulders in the play area. All other park and play areas continue to remain open and impacts for park visitors are expected to be minimal.

Abbey Creek Park Phase 2

THPRD is assembling the input gathered from the community in a recent survey on the new toddler play area and the teen area included in the approved concept plan. Staff will soon develop and share a more detailed concept plan based on this input. To learn more about the park’s concept plan, please visit the park’s webpage.

Restroom Additions

THPRD has received land use approvals from permitting authorities for the new permanent restroom facilities proposed at Schiffler Park, Greenway Park, and Hazeldale Park. The project team is now preparing documents for construction permitting this Spring 2023 and anticipates bidding the project for construction this summer/fall 2023 with project completion expected by Summer 2024.

25th Anniversary of the Nature Center and Park

From Saturday, April 8, Tualatin Hills Nature Center & Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way

This April, the Nature Center is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! To commemorate this milestone, the center is hosting a variety of self-guided activities and displays. Check back at the webpage for more information.

District Events

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 10 am, Cedar Hills Recreation Center

Get ready to search high and low for colorful eggs filled with sweet treats and prizes. Don’t forget your basket! The hunt will be for children of all ages, so bring the whole family for some egg-cellent fun.

Glow in the Park

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, Commonwealth Lake Park (SW Foothills & SW Dellwood

Surroundings look so different in the dark and glow gear adds to the fun! Bring your family and friends to enjoy a free staff-led twilight stroll. Glow necklaces and bracelets provided on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlights and reflective gear.

Dia del niño/ Dia del Libro

Saturday. April 29, 11 am, Cedar Hills Recreation Center

We’ve got arts and crafts galore, so get ready to unleash your creativity and make something special to take home. But that’s not all—brace yourselves for an awe-inspiring ballet folklorico and Aztec dance performance by Macuilshochitl Meshica-Toltec Dance group. You won’t be able to resist dancing along!

Eid ul-Fitr Celebration

Sunday, April 23, 2-6 pm, Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, 50 NW 158th Ave

Have fun with a rock-climbing wall, inflatables, laser tag, a bazaar, food,  and more— this is a celebration not to be missed! All are welcome to attend, regardless of faith or background. Dress comfortably and be prepared for a fun-filled afternoon of community and celebration. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with others and mark the end of Ramadan. Co-sponsored by THPRD, Cool Islam, PRSG, ISGP, Bilal Masjid, and ICCH.

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Garden Work Party 

Saturday, April 29, 9-11:30 am, Jackie Husen Park,  10955 NW Reeves Street

Help us spruce up the Community Garden at Jackie Husen Park! Volunteers will help weed and mulch, as needed. Please bring a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout the day. Tools and gloves will be provided. No gardening experience necessary.

Dog Run Work Party

Saturday, April 29, 9-11:30 am, Jackie Husen Park,  10955 NW Reeves Street

Help us mulch the Dog Run at Jackie Husen Park! Volunteers will spread mulch in preparation for the fall rains. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, face mask and a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout the day. If possible, we also ask that you bring your own gardening gloves. Extra gloves will be available.

Junior Lifeguard Program

Train to become a paid lifeguard at any THPRD aquatic facility! Youth with little to no swimming experience can train into a volunteer position as a Junior Lifeguard, which will set them up with the skills and experience they need to apply for a lifeguard job in the future.

RISE Youth Leadership Program

the district offers the Realizing Interests through Service Experience (RISE) program, where youth can develop the necessary leadership and communication skills to join the workforce. Teens are provided an introduction to volunteering with the park district and coached in safety, volunteer expectations, customer service, and more!

Nature in Neighborhoods community choice grants Idea Generating Workshops

Please join us and invite your community to an Idea Generating Workshop on April 8 at Shute Library or April 19 at Tualatin Hills Nature Center! You can also share your ideas right now at And it’s not just for adults. Kids 11-years-old and older can submit ideas and vote on their favorite projects.

These grants put community members in the lead to imagine, design, and choose parks and nature projects. Your ideas and votes have the power to help shape the future parks and natural areas in your neighborhood. Metro will invest up to $2 million in projects imagined by you and your neighbors in Metro Council District 4 in Washington County. (District 4 includes all the urban areas in Washington County north of Oregon Highway 8 and west of Cornelius Pass Road.)

Imagine new and improved parks and natural spaces in your neighborhood, meet the team, and learn more about Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods community choice grants. There will be fun hands-on activities for all ages, children’s activities, food, and raffle prizes to eat at local restaurants! Drop ins are welcome!

Saturday, April 8, 11 am-1 pm, Shute Park Library in Hillsboro

Interpretation in ASL and Spanish will be provided. Food and beverages from a local restaurant will be provided.

Wednesday, April 19, 5-7 pm, Tualatin Hills Nature Center in Beaverton

Interpretation in ASL, Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese will be provided. Food and beverages from a local restaurant will be provided.