General Manager's Message
If you love dogs, you have to be reveling in what is going on at THPRD these days.
We opened one new dog park in Aloha in June, and as this publication went to print, construction was under way on another one, at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus.
In addition, we held a "Doggie Paddle" on Feb. 18 at the Aloha Swim Center, allowing dogs into a public pool for the first time in our 58-year history. The event was so popular, we're planning to do another one, this time at the Beaverton Swim Center on Sept. 1.
It's not that we planned 2013 as " The Year of the Dog" at the Park District. It's just that various improvement projects - most of them funded by our 2008 voter-approved bond measure - all happened to come together in the same year.
The new dog park in Aloha is part of Phase 1 of the development of Paul & Verna Winkelman Park, located at 10139 SW 175th Avenue. The 20-acre site also features a multipurpose youth athletic field, perimeter pathway, and parking.
The two-acre dog park is fully fenced and partitioned into a small dog paddock, winter paddock with wood chips for year-round use, and a alarge, sloped area for the pooches to romp around.
Other amenities include a paw wash, pet drinking fountain and an agility area for dogs, with jump walls and weave poles.
At PCC Rock Creek (17705 NW Springville Rd.), the new 1.69-acre dog park will be near the multi-use sports fields and tennis courts. It will have separate areas for small dogs and larger dogs, as well as a winter area wtih wood chips. As is the case at Winkelman, trees have been planted and will provide shade when mature.
The winter area was scheduled to open late this summer, followed by the grassy areas in the fall. We thank our partners at PCC for providing the space.
We're pleased to give the thousands of dogs in our district (and their owners) some new facilities and events to woof about. If you have any questions, please call us at 503/645-6433 or visit our website, www.thprd.org.
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
This page was last updated on Friday May 15 2015 at 9:43 AM.