Photo of property at southwest corner of NW 159th Ave & NW Heckman Lane
Map & Description
Frequently Asked Questions
This new park will be located within a newly developed residential neighborhood in the North Bethany area of Washington County. This project will develop a neighborhood park along an established wetland habitat and connect the North Bethany Creek Trail from 160th to NW Shackelford Rd. Future amenities on this property may be limited by the presence of wetlands, slopes, and an existing sewer line easement. This site is referred to as NWQ8 neighborhood park in the THPRD Parks Functional Plan.
This new neighborhood park will mainly serve community needs. Community involvement is a vital part of our park planning and design, and so THPRD will continue working with community members to ensure that the park design and amenities reflect public needs.
* timeline is an approximate estimate
Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about this project.
Who will be notified of community meetings about the park?
THPRD reaches out to local community members of developing parks to engage the public in the park planning process.
We often use many ways of reaching out to local community members, such as mail, social media, signs, email lists, and more.
We generally target a bigger audience for large community parks, and target a smaller more local audience for smaller neighborhood parks.
We send public meeting and construction notices to community members living in the nearby neighborhood, but we invite anyone to join
the email list who might be interested in park news, meetings, and construction.
Why does it sometimes take years until THPRD can develop a new park?
THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 250,000 residents in and around Beaverton.
We make every effort to assess and prioritize where parks need to be developed and updated based on each neighborhood’s level of need,
access, and amount of time they’ve been waiting. Additional factors include population density, number of district residents in the area,
funding and grant availability, site readiness, and more. These factors and the list of prioritized parks can be found on the
THPRD Parks Functional Plan.
Why does THPRD purchase property if they are not yet ready to develop it into a park?
THPRD makes an effort to purchase property when it becomes available in new housing development areas and in established housing
areas that are underserved. (Level of service is defined in THPRD’s Parks Functional Plan.) Even if THPRD does not have the funds
to fully develop the property, the advanced purchase helps ensure that THPRD can serve patrons in that area in the future.
Why do housing developers sometimes develop parks instead of THPRD?
In new housing developments, a housing developer may choose to collaborate with THPRD to plan and build parks within their new development.
Generally, when housing developers plan and build parks, the parks require less cost and labor for the district and the public.
This usually is because the housing developer is already mobilized for planning, permitting, and construction.
If a housing developer chooses not to develop parks, then THPRD must develop those properties starting from the beginning of the
planning and permitting process for each new park, which can take several years. Thus, THPRD provides incentives to encourage housing
developers to develop parks on their own. THPRD will then accept ownership and maintenance of parks if and when a developer constructs
the parks according to the design plans (including safety, accessibility, and other standards).