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Public Works Update

Updated: 7/20/17
Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works.  Please feel free to contact Marissa Grass ( 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.
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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.
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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

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 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.

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UPDATE: 6/22/17

A Day to Skate: Tigard Parks & Rec Celebrates Go Skateboarding Day
Go Skateboarding Day, held on June 21 every year, is the official holiday of skateboarding. In the years since the first celebration (2004), the holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Have fun, go skateboarding!

This year, Tigard Parks & Rec was on hand at the Jim Griffith Memorial Skate Park to provide water and popsicles to kids and teens, swag giveaways and update the public on upcoming events. The Tigard Public Library joined the fun and spread the word about their Summer Reading Program

Blood Drive Celebrates Summer Season
The first blood drive of the season was Wednesday, June 21 at the Tigard Public Library. Fifty-two people signed up to donate over the 5-hour period. For more information on eligibility and upcoming drives, please visit

Summer Recreation Classes Start This Week
Seven soccer classes begin this weekend, ranging from courses for 3 to 8-year olds. It is not too late to sign up—visit for more details.  There are more fun classes all summer long. View the Parks & Rec Activity Guide for events and activities.

Balloon Festival: Three Days of Fun
This event is a true Public Works effort. With crews from all divisions planning and working together to pull off this event for the community, we are very excited for residents to enjoy this fun-filled event. The Balloon Festival is held Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25.

Public Works Ride-Alongs
The Public Works ride-alongs continued this week with a tour lead by the Wastewater/Storm Supervisor, Rob Block. Tour participants got to see an informational video regarding stream care and went out into the field to check out repairs and problem areas.


UPDATE: 6/29/17

Tigard Mayor Declares July as Park and Recreation Month
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! On Tuesday, June 27 Mayor Cook signed a proclamation declaring July as Park and Recreation Month in the City of Tigard. In celebration, our staff will be hosting events all month long. Stay tuned to social media for updates. #PlayOnJuly

Pop Up in the Park!
Get ready to play outside with various sports, games and crafts. Let us take care of the fun!

Cook Park | Wed, Jul 5 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Summerlake Park | Wed, Jul 12 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Bonita Park | Wed, Jul 19 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Woodard Park | Wed, Jul 26 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Shelter Reservations Full for Weekends in July and August
Looks like Tigard residents have made summer plans—every shelter in July and August is booked for the weekend! Over 100 reservations span the two months for Saturday and Sunday alone. July is National Parks and Recreation Month and it looks like folks are going to be enjoying the outdoors to celebrate. Fun fact: 50 percent of all vigorous exercise in America happens at parks. How will you get your play on? #PlayonJuly

Peak Water Use Hits New High in Hot Weather
Over the weekend, high temperatures led to more water use from Tigard water customers. The recorded temperature was 101 degrees and customers used 10.22 million gallons in a 24-hour period on June 25. Last year, the high was 9.1 million gallons per day and 80 degrees at the same time of year. 

For information on water conservation visit Stop by the Public Works Building located at 8777 SW Burnham St. and pick up a free Indoor or Outdoor Conservation Kit. The Weekly Watering Number is the amount of water in inches that your lawn will need that week.  You can also use the Weekly Watering Number for watering other types of plants, by using general guidelines.  Visit for more information.

Balloon Festival: Thank You to Public Works Employees
The City of Tigard had more than 65 work shifts over the weekend at the Balloon Festival. The event is organized by The Festival of Balloons non-profit organization that raises funds for many non-profit groups in Tigard, with support from the city. Groups benefiting from Festival funds include: Tigard Breakfast Rotary, Tigard Lunch Rotary, THS Boosters, A.C.S. Relay for Life Tigard-Tualatin, THS Lacrosse, THS Band and Auxiliary Parent Association, Southside Soccer, and others.
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Sequoia Tree Removal Now Complete
The trunk of the sequoia tree near the Tigard Public Library was removed on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The trunk was cut into about four sections and transported by city staff. Portions were taken to Dirksen Nature Park for use in the future nature play area.

The city’s contractor removed the sequoia’s larger limbs and branches on February 21 and 22; this got rid of a lot of the weight. Unfortunately, the ground was too wet to support the heavy machinery needed to remove the trunk. The city initially requested a risk assessment by a private contract arborist due to the erosion of the creek bank beneath the tree. In 2015, the tree was given a risk rating of 8 out of 12. The report stated that there was a risk the tree could fall due to continued flooding and erosion.
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UPDATE: 7/6/17

National Park and Recreation Month
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 150 people celebrated in Cook Park on Wednesday. Join the fun!

Pop Up in the Park
Get ready to play outside with various sports, games and crafts. Let us take care of the fun! The next event will be held at Summerlake Park on Wed, Jul 12 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
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Photo Challenge
July 3-9: P is for Park! Show us how you get your play on at your local park! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #playonjuly. 

Fun on the Fourth of July
Independence Day is a great time to celebrate in Tigard! We wanted to say a special thank you to our Public Works Employees who worked to make events in Tigard a success. Our streets crew members assisted with signage and traffic, our parks crew members assisted with the fireworks display. Parks staff use about 30 yards of sand to assist in the fireworks setup. They also service the park all day from 6 a.m. until midnight, and then clean up the next day. Martin McKnight, Parks Supervisor estimates 2,500 people visited Cook Park on Tuesday.

Summer Paving: Major Work Begins July 17
Summer pavement overlay work has begun with replacement of curb ramps in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Major paving work begins on July 17th. Details are here.

Swallows Find a Home in River Terrace
Consultants from Pacific Community Design contacted the City of Tigard to share photos of the new birdhouses in River Terrace. Carla Staedter, Tigard’s Engineering Project Coordinator writes,

“Hope residents are enjoying birdwatching. I feel proud of all recreational, wildlife, and stormwater treatment we were able to achieve in those facilities.  A definite addition to the quality of life in River Terrace.  Why I stay in public sector work….so rewarding!”

You can visit the new bird boxes near 15111 SW Danube Drive, Tigard, OR 97224
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Community Preparedness Fair Coming Soon to Cook Park
Jump start your emergency preparedness at a fair in Cook Park complete with live music and a free community BBQ! This is a free event offering hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations on various emergency preparedness topics. Enjoy live music & food samples! Visit for more information on the city’s Emergency Management program.

UPDATE: 7/13/17

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Seriously Fun: Pop Up in Summerlake Park
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 150 people celebrated in Summerlake Park on Wednesday. View photos in the Tigard Parks & Rec Facebook group.

  • Pop Up in the Park
    Get ready to play outside with various sports, games and crafts. Let us take care of the fun! The next event will be held at Bonita Park on Wed, Jul 19 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Photo Challenge
    July 10-16: L is for Learning! Show us how you combine learning and play! #PlayOnJuly      

Community Celebrates New Signal at Walnut/135th
Mike McCarthy, Streets and Transportation Senior Project Engineer reports: “Before the signal was activated, it took several minutes (or more) to get through the intersection in the afternoon peak hour. When I observed traffic this afternoon with the signal operating, everyone got through in the first cycle.”

Facebook comments included:

  • “I live on 135th and I'm very impressed, so yes, it works!!”
  • “Yes it finally works!!!! LOVE IT!”

Unique Abilities Fit Camp Starts Next Week
Come join us for fun in the sun! Camp will consist of exercise, games, crafts and friendship. This camp is designed for teens and adults with special needs. Register at

Progress is Visible at Bull Mountain Park
Park features under construction include accessible trails, a picnic shelter, a nature play structure, and interpretive elements. Construction is being led by the Friends of Bull Mountain Park, a grassroots organization formed to advocate for the acquisition and development of Bull Mountain Park. Follow the Friends of Bull Mountain Park on Facebook or visit their website at for information and updates.
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Tigard Public Works
8777 SW Burnham St.
Tigard, OR 97223

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After-Hours Emergency
To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554.
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