THPRD, in partnership with The Tualatin Hills Park Foundation, launched the Access For All initiative in 2014 to expand inclusive and unifying recreational activities for all members of our community, including:
Children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities
Individuals and families from low-income households
Patrons experiencing language and/or cultural barriers
Those limited by mobility or transportation
Senior citizens and other groups who may face barriers to full participation
A Proud Partnership
Since 1958, THPRD has benefited from the support and fundraising of the Tualatin Hills Park Foundation, whose mission is to develop resources to ensure access to recreation for all THPRD residents.
The Park Foundation takes the lead on projects that reach beyond what the District can accomplish with tax revenue and user fees. The Park Foundation provides resources for special projects the District cannot fund alone, helping to assure that all people, regardless of age, ability, or background, are able to enjoy THPRD’s outstanding parks, facilities and programs.
Tualatin Hills Park Foundation designed Access for All to expand inclusive and unifying recreational activities for all members of our community. The need is rooted in the rapid demographic changes of the Washington County area served by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.
Parks provide a prime opportunity to reduce cultural barriers and promote a community model of inclusivity and shared well-being. While THPRD has been highly successful in reaching out to underserved populations, public resources are limited. Demographic changes can strain communities and create barriers for sharing civic and cultural institutions.
Our First Project: A Model Community Sports Park
Imagine a 21-acre sports park where everyone is welcome and included.
Imagine a place where people of all abilities are invited to experience the joy of sports (hitting a ball, making a catch, scoring a goal), and the social connection and camaraderie of being part of a team.
Imagine a park designed from the very beginning to provide inclusive sports and recreation to everyone.
This new community sports park is Mt. View Champions Park, now under construction in Aloha. When it opens in fall 2017, it will be the first park of its kind in the region.
Adjacent to Mountain View Middle School, in Aloha. The park is situated in a culturally and economically diverse neighborhood. (Based on school demographics: 30 percent Hispanic, 6 percent Asian, 11 percent other minority ethnicity.)
Neighborhood families speak some two dozen native languages, and nearly 60 percent of neightborhood students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
Amenities will include:
Multi-purpose sports fields
Walking paths, restrooms and other features designed for people experiencing disability.
“Champions, Too! Field” - Oregon's multi-purpose field designed for children and adults experiencing disability.
Playgrounds and family picnic areas
Inclusive and accessible children’s play area
Natural areas with interpretive signage in braille and multiple languages
While the new all-inclusive sports park will be used most intensively by the 15,000 people who live within a five mile radius of the site, the unique character of the park is expected to draw people from throughout the region, whether through organized sports leagues or simply families seeking a place where members of diverse ages and abilities can feel welcome together.
Parks are ideal democratic gathering spaces, where people can reach across cultural barriers to play for the same team and where children and families can meet on the same playground. The planned park will exemplify the values of shared community space, where everyone is included.
The completed park will be visited by approximately 200,000 people per year, and used repeatedly be approximately 10,000 visitors.
Estimated frequent users:
Adults: 5 percent
Youth 12-18: 60 percent
Youth under 12: 35 percent
Approximately 40 percent of frequent park users will be people experiencing disabilities and their families (including non-family support providers). Ethnic communities will use the park in approximate proportion to their population in the surrounding community. Ultimately, the entire region benefits from a unique park space exemplifying the values of a shared society in which all people are included and welcomed.
THPRD’s investment of an estimated $8 million will support baseline construction costs for a 20-acre sports park with standard features.
Through Access for All, Tualatin Hills Park Foundation is raising an additional $1.5 million to be invested in the features that enhance accessibility in accordance with the project's vision.
Together, we can provide Access For All and continue the proud history of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.