Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works. Please feel free to contact Marissa Grass (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Bonita Park Pop Up
The Parks & Rec summer theme is “Get Your Play On!” in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual campaign to celebrate July as National Park and Recreation Month! Over 75 people joined Parks & Rec on Wednesday to celebrate at the Bonita Park Pop Up event.
Parks & Recreation Summer Camps in Full Swing
Unique Abilities Fit Camp at Cook Park
Kicking off at Cook Park on Monday, this weeklong camp is designed for teens and adults with special needs. Campers experienced games like basketball, volleyball and bingo!
Coding for Kids: Beginner Game Development
Aspiring coders worked on building their first game at the Dirksen Education Center this week.
Skyhawks: Flag Football and Tennis Camp
Focused on skills and fun, campers enrolled in flag football and tennis camps got to enjoy Summerlake Park last week.
Lower Chlorine Residuals as Water Quality Stabilizes
Tigard water customers have seen a significant increase in water quality as a result of switching to water from the Lake Oswego-Tigard water partnership.
As part of the upgrade and expansion of this system, a new treatment process was recommended by a panel of experts in drinking water treatment and public health. The new plant utilizes a state-of-the-art water treatment process—conventional filtration plus ozone. Ozone, a powerful oxidant, destroys taste and odor causing compounds and removes more impurities from the water supply. In May, water treatment plant staff were embarking on their final day of testing the new ozone system and the plant is now producing ozonated water.
Managers for the Lake Oswego-Tigard water treatment plant have lowered the chlorine residual after discussion with Tigard staff to ensure public health. Chlorine taste and odor has been the most common complaint from Tigard residents since making the switch. These changes should improve chlorine taste and odor problems.
For more information about the Lake Oswego-Tigard treatment process, view information online at http://lotigardwater.org/?e=866.
Summer Road Construction is Heating Up
Seventeen miles of Tigard streets will be resurfaced this summer. Paving started this week near Viewmount Lane.
Tigard typically uses two types of pavement treatments: 1) pavement overlays on busy streets and on roads with severe cracks and potholes to restore the road to good pavement condition; and 2) slurry seals on streets that have lower traffic volumes and are in relatively good condition to maintain them in good condition.
This year the city has a pilot project to test a third type of treatment: Asphalt Rubber Chip Seal. A contractor is scheduled (weather permitting) one day during the week of August 7 to install an asphalt rubber chip seal on Summercrest Dr., Manzanita St., 114th Pl., and 116th Ave. This may be a viable way to preserve deteriorated streets for less cost than a pavement overlay.
View the city’s website http://www.tigard-or.gov/paving_faqs to view:
- Maps of the areas where summer paving work will occur
- An interactive map of the proposed slurry seal schedule
- Frequently asked questions.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Tour of Dirksen Nature Park
At the July meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB), members were provided a tour of the work happening at Dirksen Nature Park. This multiyear project to restore the site and provide public amenities is ongoing. Engineering staff member Carla Staedter provided updates about the work:
- The portable classroom has been transformed into a renovated Nature Center.
- The oak savanna restoration is in full swing after many rounds of non-native plant removal, freeing of the oaks, and planting of native flower bulbs. Trees removed as part of the restoration were used to make buck and pole fencing which serves to define the edge of restoration areas and to discourage entry into the area. This fencing will breakdown over time as the savanna grows. Planted at the base of this fencing is a native shrub hedge that will take over as the buck and pole breaks down.
- An oak savanna overlook is part of the master plan for Dirksen Nature Park. The overlook will house replicas of animals that live in an oak savanna. Through a local corporate donation, Tigard commissioned life-sized bronze sculptures that will be hidden in and around the overlook to add an element of discovery for park users.
- In addition to the overlook, upcoming construction will include:
- Two elevated boardwalks
- Two nature play areas
- An interpretive shelter and restroom building near the existing sports fields.