This vicinity question is a major focus of the Tigard Parks System Master Plan. Last updated in 2009, the Parks Master Plan identified that much of the city, in both residential and employment areas, were outside of the service area of existing parks. In fact, this was the major impetus for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in proposing a Parks Bond to the Tigard voters in 2010.

This summer the city broke ground on four projects—funded in full or in part by revenue from the Tigard voter-approved $17 million park and open space bond.  Projects included:

  • A new section of the Fanno Creek Trail—connecting Main St. to Grant Ave.—will be built.
  • Improvements will be constructed at East Butte Heritage Park, including a playground, picnic shelter, restroom, walking paths and a sidewalk along 103rd Ave.
  • A wooden bridge will be installed in Jack Park. The bridge will connect the newly purchased park property to the existing park.
  • Parking areas will be improved and bike racks and landscaping will be installed at the Fanno Creek House on Hall Blvd.

The city’s standard is that for every 1,000 residents there be 3.0 acres of community parks.  This standard will be replicated in the River Terrace area where two community parks have been proposed.