PCC Rock Creek
Located at 17705 NW Springville Road, this is the newest and largest multipurpose recreational facility constructed by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District in the last 10 years.
The facility was built from a partnership with Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus. It was nearly four years in the making and provides a much-needed addition of sports fields and other recreational opportunities in the Park District’s northwest quadrant.
The 32-acre facility includes:
- Two synthetic turf soccer/lacrosse/football fields
- Four sand-based baseball/softball fields
- Two natural turf practice fields
- Six tennis courts
All playing fields and tennis courts are illuminated except the practice fields. The facility also includes a half-mile, 10-foot-wide perimeter loop walking/jogging/biking trail; a pedestrian plaza and concourse; picnic pavilion and multiple picnicking areas; children’s play equipment; a concession stand/restroom facility; and 500-600 trees.
A unique multipurpose facet is the baseball/softball complex. These fields use temporary outfield fencing and removable bases, enabling fields to be set up for 60, 75 or 90-foot basepaths for age-appropriate level of play. With the fencing removed, the natural turf fields become available for soccer, lacrosse and football.
Many environmentally friendly features
From the state-of-the-art automated lighting system to the 286 pervious paver parking spaces, the facility was designed with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind:
- Synthetic turf – This is the largest continuous synthetic turf surface in the Northwest, spanning nearly 200,000 square feet. It covers two side-by-side soccer/lacrosse/football playing fields. The use of synthetic turf is designed to reduce maintenance and operating costs and prolong playability of the field area.
- “Green” lighting – All playing field and tennis court lighting is state-of-the-art and provides maximum energy-efficiency by using fewer bulbs than traditional field lighting systems to produce the same level of illumination. These lights are also the industry’s best at keeping glare and light spillover to a minimum. The lights are programmable and can be turned on and off remotely depending on field usage.
- Innovative storm drainage – The facility includes pervious pavers for all of its 286 parking spaces to reduce stormwater runoff. When excessive runoff does occur in the parking area, it is directed to small bioswales. These bioswales, with native plants, act as the first line of filtration before the runoff is directed to the facility’s two larger bioswales. These larger bioswales, also with native plants, handle the stormwater runoff for the entire site.
- Automated irrigation system – Similar to the lighting system, the irrigation system is fully automated and state of the art to help reduce maintenance and operating costs and increase overall efficiency. The system includes a number of weather and moisture sensors to prevent operation when it’s raining or when adequate moisture already exists.
- Recycled plastic – The facility includes a number of benches, picnic tables, and trash receptacles made from recycled plastic. Use of recycled plastic by the Park District elsewhere has substantially reduced maintenance costs as compared to traditional wood products.
Design work began in 2004
Conceptual design of the facility began in April 2004 with final design completed in May 2006. The design process included a consultant, W+H Pacific Inc., and a 12-member public task force. Additionally, three public open houses were held and a Web site was established. This gave patrons the opportunity to provide feedback and other comments about the design of the facility.
With Kerr Construction as general contractor, construction began in July 2006 and was largely completed a year later in July 2007.
Serving a key community need now and in the future
Due to rapid population growth in the area in recent years, the northwest quadrant of the Park District has been underserved in terms of sports fields and recreational opportunities. Furthermore, projections call for the North Bethany Urban Growth Boundary Expansion Area to add 5,000 to 6,000 households during the next 20 years. The THPRD/PCC Rock Creek Recreation Facility is the most efficient use of the Rock Creek site and will play a vital role in addressing the community’s current and future recreational needs.