Park News August 2023

Vote for the next parks and nature projects in your neighborhood

Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods community choice grants put community members in the lead to imagine, design, and choose parks and nature projects. The first round of community choice grants is for Metro Council District 4, that includes all the urban areas in Washington County north of Oregon Highway 8 (Tualatin Valley Highway) and areas west of Cornelius Pass Road.

One of the concept designs of a new park

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. And it’s not just for adults. Kids 11-years-old and older can vote on their favorite projects.

The grants will fund community-led parks and nature projects that benefit communities of color, Indigenous communities, people with low incomes, and other communities that have been ignored or harmed by governments. The projects will connect people to nature close to home, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and make our region more resilient to climate change, making a better region for everyone. These grants are available thanks to voters choosing to invest in parks and nature when they approved Metro’s 2019 parks and nature bond measure.

In person design workshop

Sunday, August 20, 10 am-2 pm, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton

Join community members and advocates, design professionals, and staff from local cities and parks districts to take community parks ideas and turn them into project plans. The project plans you help create will then be voted on by community members across District 4. 

Save the date for THPRD Fall registration 

Saturday, August 12 (in-district) and Monday, August 14 (out-of-district), 8 am, online

Fall registration will open soon for in-district patrons and out-of-district patrons. You can find more information about registration on the THPRD website or come into a center now to pick up your paper activities guide. 

Adult and Young Adult Volleyball Registration

Wednesday, July 26-Wednesday, August 16

Sign up now for games beginning on September 11. Please visit this information document for the application and for details about registration, fees, team selection and rules. Email for any other questions or to submit the application. 

thprd plant sale

Fall Native Plant Sale

Online ordering begins Sunday, August 20

Friends of Tualatin Hills Nature Park and THPRD are teaming up with Sparrowhawk Native Plants to bring another fall native plant sale to Beaverton! Together, we’re offering over 100 species of habitat-friendly native plants while raising money for the Tualatin Hills Nature Park!

Plant orders will be available for pick-up at Tualatin Hills Nature Park (15655 SW Millikan Way) on Friday, October 6 and Saturday October 7, perfectly timed for your fall planting.

Stuhr Center Holiday Bazaar 

Hosted by the Stuhr Center Friends Group, registration for vendors is open.  The bazaar will take place on December 2, with space for over 100 vendors. Priority is given to vendors aged 55 and above. Please see the registration form for more information and to apply. 

Rec Mobile and Nature Mobile

Providing free programming in local parks Monday-Friday in August. Check the Nature Mobile page or the Rec Mobile page for a calendar of either events. Rec Mobile is also offering a free summer camp at Camille Park for families in low-income housing, receiving financial aid, or experiencing homelessness. Visit this registration form for the application. 

Summer Fitness in the Park

Join us for a full calendar of Fitness in the Park this summer.  Find the schedule on the THPRD website.

Forest Bathing at Jackie Husen Park

Fridays through August 26, Jackie Husen Park, 10955 NW Reeves St., free

Join THPRD for Fitness in the Park. Meet at the trail next to the handicap parking spot. 

Zumba at Terra Linda Park

Saturdays through August 26, Terra Linda Park, access S of Burton & E of 139th

Join THPRD for Fitness in the Park. Meet next to the baseball field. 

THPRD Walk with Me events near Cedar Mill

August 2, 9:30 am, Jackie Husen Park,10955 NW Reeves St., free

Meet near the park entrance.

August 23, 9:30 am, Waterhouse Park,16351 NW Mission Oaks Dr., free

Meet at Waterhouse Soccer Field Parking.

August Events near Cedar Mill from THPRD

Volunteer to help families with registration

Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9, 4-7 pm, H.M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton

Practice your Spanish language skills while helping families in your community at THPRD’s Centro de Bienvenida—a Welcome Center for English Language Learners and Financial Aid Families. With staff support, volunteers will welcome and guide families through the selection of classes and opportunities with THPRD. All levels of bilingual skills (English-Spanish and English-Arabic) are welcome. For more information or to sign up, visit the THPRD website

Volunteer for Sunset High School supply event

Saturday, August 5, 10-4, Sunset High School, 13840 NW Cornell

Beaverton School District, THPRD and Wake Up Beaverton! are partnering to provide 6,000 free backpacks, full of back-to-school supplies, to local families in need. Volunteers will greet families and help hand out backpacks. Please bring your own hand sanitizer and a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout your shift. For more information or to sign up, visit the THPRD website

Tri Together Pedal Run

Saturday, August 12, 9-1, Tualatin Hills Athletic Center,15707 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton

A fun, safe race that encourages athletes of all ages to compete to the best of their abilities.  This triathlon is designed to be inclusive—bring positive energy and spirit to our TRI TOGETHER PEDAL RUN DIP event that includes a 50-yard swim, two-mile wheeled ride, and half-mile or one mile run. Do the triathlon on your own or as a team or family. Adaptive equipment available upon request. Register online or visit the THPRD website for more details. Need help registering or have questions? Give us a call at the Athletic Center at 503-629-6330 and we’d be happy to help you!

Native Plant Garden Work Party at Tualatin Hills Nature Center

Saturday, August 19, 10-noon, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Walker Road, 14+

Help us spruce up the Native Plant Garden at Tualatin Hills Nature 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. Sign up here.

Community Garden Work Party at Bethany Lake Park

Saturday, August 26, 9-11:30 am, Bethany Lake Park, 5061 NW 185th Avenue, All ages

Help us spruce up the Community Garden at Bethany Lake 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. Sign up here.