On May 12, 2014, River Terrace project team members Tom McGuire and Susan Shanks met with the city’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) to discuss the plan for parks in River Terrace. The purpose of the meeting was to update the PRAB on project progress and to brief committee members on the draft Parks Master Plan Addendum for River Terrace.

Generally, PRAB members were supportive of the draft, noting that more parks will be provided in River Terrace than are currently provided in other city neighborhoods. “That’s the advantage of doing this upfront,” the Board Chair noted, “When most of Tigard was being developed that wasn’t thought out as clearly, they didn’t have the opportunities at that point. But now we do!”

Overall the Board was pleased to see that River Terrace is being planned to meet the city’s standard for 10 acres of parkland per 1000 residents. They noted that here there is an opportunity to think about parks before development happens, making it easier to reach the desired level of park service.

Board members also supported the project team’s decision to shift from including a greenway trail along Roy Rogers Road and a trail along the new River Terrace Boulevard to focusing effort (and eventually funds) on the centrally located trail along the smaller Boulevard.