On Sunday, October 15, 2017 the City of Tigard and the Friends of Bull Mountain Park celebrated the development of Bull Mountain Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event honored the people who’ve helped develop the park over the past six years, including donors, volunteers and city staff.
Volunteer Service Award goes to Friends of Bull Mountain Park
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Association named The Friends of Bull Mountain Park as this year’s recipient of the Volunteer Service Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding parks and recreation projects and partners. Representatives from the group will join city staff at the awards ceremony in November.
Nominated by Steve Martin, Tigard Parks & Facilities Manager, the Friends of Bull Mountain Park were the first neighborhood group to ask the City of Tigard to use park bond funding to purchase 10 acres of undeveloped land for a new nature park. “Their persistence, dedication and sweat equity is why the park exists today,” says Martin, “It is a neighborhood park, built by the neighborhood.”
The group sent representatives to the City Council and Park and Recreation Advisory Board meetings for more than a year to advocate for the purchase of the property in their neighborhood. Once the purchase was complete, they participated in the development of a concept plan for the future park and pursued grants from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhood program, in-kind sponsorships from the Tualatin River Watershed Council and the City of Tigard and donations from the community to develop it. Volunteers logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours adding native plants, building a picnic shelter with tables, developing soft trails and creating the city’s first nature play structure to make their dream for a community park come true.
This 10-acre neighborhood park is comprised of woods, open space, and riparian areas. The park features accessible trails, a picnic shelter, a nature play structure, and interpretive elements. The park construction was led by the Friends of Bull Mountain Park, a grassroots organization formed to advocate for the acquisition and development of Bull Mountain Park. For more information on the Friends of Bull Mountain Park please see the Friends of Bull Mountain Park page.