ALERT: With the improvements in our air quality, THPRD will be OPEN this weekend. All parks, trails, and natural areas are open.
The following facilities are OPEN as well: Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, & the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center.
In fall 2018, THPRD set out to connect with those who value our services, parks, recreation areas, natural spaces, and more. To better plan for a proactive park district that meets all needs equitably, we recognized the need to conduct an inclusive, intentional, and multicultural community visioning process.
To center narratives of underrepresented and historically underserved populations, THPRD committed to prioritizing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in all aspects of this work. We sought to examine our assumptions and better understand what communities today need and how best to serve the expanding interests of our long-term, new, and future residents.
The district is now proud to present the outcome of this nearly two-year co-produced effort: the THPRD Vision Action Plan.The information in the plan is intended to be useful to many audiences. To that end, the content is community-driven, validated by the responses to a public survey, and confirmed through the work of cross-disciplinary inclusive committees.
Thank you to the thousands of THPRD community members whose ideas and creativity helped inform this Vision Action Plan!
This plan is built upon and reflective of a wealth of community-driven aspirations and perspectives. We collected more than 12,500 ideas during the public outreach phase (June—Oct 2019) and heard from nearly 10,500 members of the THPRD community. Every contribution has been invaluable and directly inspired these four overarching goal areas that form the anchoring pillars of this plan:
Welcoming and Inclusive: Combines a range of ideas centered on building community, expanding the role of THPRD in people's lives, minimizing or eliminating barriers to participation in THPRD's services, expanding staff capacity, and building partnerships and community relations.
Play for Everyone: Reflects all the ways people (and their nonhuman family members) want to play, move and interact with THPRD, including participation in classes, activities, exercise, and sports; play in creative parks and playgrounds with imaginative new features throughout the year.
Accessible and Safe: Represents themes related to the overall maintenance of facilities and equipment and the ability of all THPRD residents to access their THPRD amenities safely. It also includes recommendations for ways to make facilities and programming more enjoyable and financially accessible for everyone.
Preserving Natural Spaces: Includes community ideas that envision opportunities for people to be in and enjoy nature. It represents comments on trails—for recreation, travel, interaction with animals, and regional connection. This goal area envisions ways for all THPRD residents to have equal access to green spaces by designing a more equitable interconnected system.
A dedicated multigenerational, multiethnic, and multilingual volunteer group – the Visioning Task Force (VTF), was recruited to work together and with district staff to lead outreach efforts. Their task: lead and help create public involvement strategies to meet communities where they are. Throughout the summer of 2019, they captured the unique stories, experiences, and creative ideas of district residents.
Youth engagment at International School of Beaverton
Nearly 10,500 people reached: At events and activities, focus groups, partner meetings, and presentations to community partners, we reached thousands of people. We conducted targeted outreach at free food markets, senior housing facilities, and heard from members of the disability community. All told, these efforts resulted in connections with nearly 10,500 individuals across the district.
More than 12,500 ideas collected: Using multiple engagement strategies helped capture more than 12,500 inspirational and innovative ideas that reflect the rich diversity and creativity of our community.
117 engagement opportunities: Community feedback was collected through 117 engagement opportunities. These included in-person engagement at multicultural events and activities, focus groups with non-English speakers, community presentations, an online open house, and more.
Youth engagement: Young people form nearly a third of the region's population and will be future THPRD stewards. Two high school VTF members led the co-creation of youth engagement strategies. Including youth perspectives in this process was critical. We achieved this through partnerships and presentations at nine Beaverton School District (BSD) schools and multiple THPRD afterschool programs to collect feedback from pre-school to high school-aged youth.
How Will We Hold Ourselves Accountable?
Staff will share annual progress reports to the THPRD Board of Directors on the vision action plan. We will also share information through our public website and provide community updates.