I’d like to thank the residents who shared their ideas for improving connections throughout our community.
The Council is still engaged in gathering your thoughts and suggestions for improving travel options
for pedestrians and bicyclists. Ultimately, these ideas will help us build a strategic plan that
reflects your desires for Tigard. Please take a moment to share
Here are a few of the connections neighbors have asked for:
My next Fireside Chat is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the
Symposium Coffee in downtown (12345 SW Main St., Tigard). If you’ve never stopped by
before, this is a great time to bring your ideas regarding the city to light.
I look forward to meeting you!
- Finish the Tigard trail on the abandoned rail line
- I would like see Summerlake Park connect to 121st to the east
- Connect Dirksen Park to Summerlake Park following Summer Creek
- Sidewalks on North Dakota Street all the way to Tiedeman
- A sidewalk connection between Gaarde and Walnut would make walking to Mary Woodward and
- Fowler safer for our kids and promote easier access to TriMet line 45
- Sidewalks on 79th
My quote for this month is from Chief Seattle,
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
John L. Cook, Mayor
Message from the Mayor
Spring is here at last! And it’s brought some good news.
I recently attended the State of the County address and it appears that our county’s economic outlook
is rebounding. Population and employment growth is increasing thanks to new investments in nearly every
sector of the local economy.
Tigard has certainly contributed to the health of our county’s economic climate, as witnessed by
the number of new businesses moving into our city and infrastructure investments like the
Main Street/Green Street project. This project makes long-term improvements to the heart of
Tigard that will attract visitors, new businesses and services. Why wait to visit downtown?
Throughout construction, merchants are open for business and eager to see you!
Speaking of “open,” it’s budget season for the city and I encourage residents to attend one (or all)
of our Budget Committee meetings. They’re
open to the public and take place on consecutive Monday
evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting April 21 in the Public Works Auditorium (8777 SW Burnham St.).
My April quote of the month is by Robert Byrne, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
John L. Cook, Mayor
The narrow passage of ballot measure 34-210 tells us voters want to have more control over how
and where high capacity transit might be built in our city, and that they want to cast another ballot
someday on the construction of a future light rail or bus rapid transit project. We now have an
opportunity to have more dialogue about how high capacity transit might fit into our city's
future. Read entire statement...|
2014 “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” Contest Opens|
Mayor Cook and the Oregon
Mayors Association (OMA) invite Tigard
students grades 4–12 (including homeschooled
students) to participate in the
annual “If I Were Mayor, I Would...”
Oregon mayors are elected by the
voters in their city and they each have
unique interests and backgrounds. Get
creative! How would you serve the city if
you were the mayor of Tigard?
All entries must be received by
5 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014.
Mayor Cook will select one winner in each contest category:
Poster (Elementary grades 4–5)
Essay (Middle School grades 6-8)
Video/PowerPoint (High School grades 9-12)
1. The local winner in each category
will be awarded a $50 VISA gift card
and recognition at the May 27, 2014
televised City Council meeting.
2. Each Tigard winner will be
entered into the OMA statewide contest
for a chance to win one of three iPad
Air tablets! Statewide winners and their
mayor will be notified in mid-June.
Entry forms may be picked up at Tigard
City Hall or downloaded here. If you have questions contact
Joanne at 503-718-2476.