New Video: How to Turn Off Your Water
In the case of an emergency, it is important to know the location of the water shut-off valve for your home. If you are unable to locate or operate the shut-off valve in your home, another alternative is to use the water main valve at the street to turn off your water. View video instructions online: https://youtu.be/eIJp8UOfnPI.
- Screw Driver
- Crescent Wrench
- Curb Stop Key (if available)
Parks & Rec Spring Activity Guide Preview: Skyhawks Sports Classes
Skyhawks Sports Academy classes are now open for registration! Kids of varying ages can enjoy all types of sports during the spring and summer seasons. Head over to www.tigard-or.gov/recreation to learn how to register! Classes include tennis, volleyball and flag football. Stay tuned for the spring edition of the activity guide due out in March.
Public Notice: Tree Removal
Tigard’s Public Works Director has determined that the Giant Sequoia tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) north of the Tigard Public Library will be removed. The tree is located on the south edge of Fanno Creek on the east side of Hall Blvd where the creek runs beneath Hall Blvd. It is northwest of the library. 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 states that there is a risk the tree could fall due to continued flooding and erosion. The city plans to reuse the wood as part of a new nature play area at Dirksen Nature Park. Members of the city’s Parks crew and Engineering division will craft the nature play elements out of the salvaged wood. Construction of the nature play area is currently scheduled to begin in Summer 2018. For more information, visit www.tigard-or.gov/sequoia.
Busy Summer Ahead: Parks Reservations Popular in January
In the month of January, Parks & Recreation staff took more than 90 shelter and special event reservations. Popular events will return to Cook Park like the Balloon Festival, Ladybug Run, and Movies in the Park.
Time to Schedule Annual Backflow Test to Protect Water Supply
If you have an in-ground lawn irrigation system, you are required to have a backflow prevention device. To ensure devices are functioning properly, state law requires property owners to test their devices annually. A person who is state certified in backflow testing must perform the test and submit results to the city. For more information, please visit www.tigard-or.gov/backflow or contact Cross Connection Specialist Hung Nguyen at email@example.com or 503-718-2603.
Water Quality: Portland Water Bureau Reports Presence of Cryptosporidium
The City of Tigard is dedicated to providing its consumer with the highest quality of water which meets or exceeds the standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon Health Authority. The city provides water to over 60,000 individuals in the Tigard Water Service Area. This area includes the communities of the City of King City, City of Durham, two-thirds of the City of Tigard, and the unincorporated area of Bull Mountain.
The Portland Water Bureau recently detected the presence of Cryptosporidium, a potential pathogenic microorganism, in several samples collected at their Bull Run intake in January and February. Tigard Water Service Area customers do not receive their drinking water from this supply. A different source and treatment process is used to deliver water through the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership. Lake Oswego and Tigard Water Service Area’s primary water source is the Clackamas River. The recently upgraded filtration system at our water treatment plant removes Cryptosporidium and pathogens that may be detected in the Clackamas River water supply. Ozone, a powerful oxidant, will also provide an additional treatment barrier to protect public health beginning May of this year.
Tigard Water Service Area customers can visit http://www.lotigardwater.org/?e=936 for more information. Tualatin Valley Water District customers can visit https://www.tvwd.org/. Visit www.tigard-or.gov/water to find your water provider.
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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events
» Tree for All Volunteer Activity
The City of Tigard invites you to join us for a regional planting challenge to install millions of native trees and shrubs in the Tualatin River Watershed. Come ready to get dirty and plant. Tools and gloves are provided. For more information, visit http://www.jointreeforall.org/
- Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Jack Park | 12668 SW 127th Avenue
Update: February 16, 2017
Tree for All
Thank you to the 142 volunteers who planted at the Tree for All last weekend in Cook Park! The next event is in Jack Park this weekend. Come ready to get dirty and plant. Tools and gloves are provided. Both plantings are part of a regional planting challenge to install millions of native trees and shrubs in the Tualatin River Watershed. City staff will be on hand to discuss the exciting stream restoration work happening at Jack Park.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 | 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Jack Park | 12668 SW 127th Avenue
For more information, visit http://www.jointreeforall.org/
Public Works Day at St. Anthony’s Preschool
Public Works employees visited with students at St. Anthony’s preschool on Wednesday. Displays included the snow plow and sander, backhoe, TV inspection van, Parks & Rec, water main and a stormwater table. Overwhelmingly, the dump truck with plow and sander set-up was a big hit! Students had an opportunity to ask important questions like:
- “Where does our drinking water come from?”
- “When are movies in the park?”
- “One time I flushed a toy down the toilet. What happened to it?”
You can join the fun at the Tigard Public Library at Fun with Heavy Equipment on Sunday, May 21 from noon-2 p.m. in the Burgess Community Room and Library Parking Lot. Keep on the lookout for the Parks & Rec Spring Activity Guide (due out in March) for more information.
Water Main Work on Fischer Road
Water crews lowered a section on 12-inch water main on Fischer Road so a private construction company can continue to install a storm line.
Jack Park: Tree for All and Stormwater Project
Thank you to all 56 volunteers who planted 1,150 trees and shrubs at the Tree for All last weekend in Jack Park! Volunteers got the added bonus of learning about the city’s stormwater efforts in this area. Crews are working to restore Krueger Creek through Jack Park. By placing woody debris in the stream, sediment is allowed to settle out of the water. This helps to restore the streambed. The goal of the project is to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife. For more information about future volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.jointreeforall.org/. For more information about stormwater in Tigard visit www.tigard-or.gov/stormwater.
#Engineers Week 2017
This week is the 2017 Engineers Week, and the theme is “Engineers Dream Big.” According to DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation), “Every project, great or small, starts with a dream. A dream to create and build. Engineers engage their creativity and technical know-how to transform dreams into reality. They are dreamers across the professional spectrum from transportation, to agriculture, to medicine and beyond.”
Specifically, February 23 is Girl Day, a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering. We caught up with Tigard’s City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer to ask what inspired them to pursue a career in Engineering.
Engineers are cool – we have a critical role in establishing and maintaining quality of life for our communities. I chose engineering because I was good at math and science, I am curious and like to solve problems, and also both of my brothers – who are older than me – are engineers!! So it’s a family thing. (As is being an Oregon State Beaver!) I grew up loving the outdoors and being around streams and forests, which probably was key to my choosing an emphasis in Civil/Water Resources engineering. I’m geeky enough to love the process of figuring out HOW to set up a project scope and processes to solve a problem as well as then actually solving it.” -- Lori Faha, City Engineer
“I loved math and science, and I wanted to do something with it. I met an Engineering student in high school and the career sounded interesting so I decided to pursue it. I love it! You get to design things and see them built. The projects are always interesting.” -- Kim McMillan, Assistant City Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation to Repair Potholes on Hall Boulevard
Both Hall Boulevard and Hwy 99W in Tigard are state highways maintained by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Questions or issues regarding their maintenance can be directed to the ODOT District 2B Maintenance Office at 971-673-6200 or e-mail Lili.D.BOICOURT@odot.state.or.us. ODOT crews worked in Tigard to repair potholes on Thursday, February 23 (the short section between Hwy 99W and Hwy 217) and will be doing larger fixes this spring at Hall/Bonita and from Fanno Creek to Burnham.
Safety and Training
As part of an ongoing safety and training program, monthly staff meetings provide an opportunity for training and education. This month the focus was on truck safety. A representative from Washington County Sherriff’s Motor Carrier Officers (MCO) program provided the training. MCOs enforce laws related to commercial vehicles. The deputy's job is setting up portable weight inspection spots, inspecting the mechanical safety of trucks, making sure hazardous loads are properly packaged, and that other loads are secured properly.
After School Program Launches at Metzger Elementary Students will get an opportunity to learn soccer fundamentals and cooking skills in Tigard Parks & Rec’s newest program. This week students spent the beginning of the week focused on soccer, and the end of the week on cooking. On Thursday, students will be reviewing kitchen safety rules like:
- Always wash your hands.
- Never put metal in a microwave.
The program lasts until the end of the school year, and every few weeks the curriculum changes. Future topics will include other sports and crafting. Additional Recreation Aides were hired to assist with the program. It is a pilot program in partnership with Metzger Elementary.
Tigard Times Reports on Stormwater: Tigard conducting stormwater master plan work The city is taking inventory and developing strategies to address the problems of erosion and flooding. While Tualatin prepares to dive into updating its master plan for parks and recreation, neighboring Tigard is getting ready to wrap up a year's worth of work on its own master planning for the city's stormwater system.
The city started its master planning work last June, and it is scheduled for completion this June. Especially in a region that experiences as much rain as northwestern Oregon — and last month, Portland's record for rainfall in February was shattered — a comprehensive and functional stormwater system is vital to reduce the risk of urban flooding and property damage caused by landslides and erosion. Read more…
Egg Hunt Coming in April On April 15, Tigard Parks & Rec will host an egg hunt at Cook Park to celebrate the spring season. At the event children ages 0 to 10 years old will hunt for 8,000 eggs scattered throughout the park. Children will be divided by ages groups; 0-3 years old, 4-6 years old, and 7-10 years old, with staggering start times. Other family-friendly activities will include crafts and photo opportunities with a special bunny.
“I am excited about this event because it is the first of many Tigard Parks & Rec events for the 2017 year,” said Anthony Markey, the city’s recreation coordinator. This event is free to the first 350 participants who register online. Day of registration will be $5 per child. Event proceeds will go toward Tigard Parks & Rec classes, scholarships, and future events. Thank you to the 2017 egg hunt sponsor, Greenburg Pediatric Dentistry. To learn more about this event and to register visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation.
Community has Opportunity to Vote on Upcoming Movies in the Park Over 400 people voted in a recent survey to determine the Movies in the Park this summer. We’re not telling you about the winners yet, but we will tell you when and where the movies are scheduled.
- August 11 in Cook Park
- August 18 at Metzger School Park
- August 25 at Dirksen Nature Park
- September 8 in Cook Park for Family Fest
Stay tuned to the city’s social media channels for the big announcement.
The Time is Now to Register for Spring Activities
Find your fun with Tigard Parks & Rec this spring! Activities include:
- Young Rembrandts preschool and elementary drawing
- Young Rembrandts adult pattern & line workshop
- SkyHawks flag football clinic and multisport clinic (soccer, baseball & basketball)
- Events: Egg Hunt in Cook Park & Fun with Heavy Equipment at the Tigard Public Library
Establish your account and register for Tigard Parks & Rec activities and classes at www.tigard-or.gov/recreation.
Beaver Monitoring in Cook Park
As part of a project focused on using beaver and cattle as “natural engineers” to restore and maintain riparian areas and native prairies, scientists are watching the beaver activity in Cook Park. The work is documenting beaver activity like dams, chews, scent mounds and animal observations. During a recent trip to Cook Park, researchers reported seeing one live beaver, a few dams, many chews and a few lodges as well. Learn more about Living with Beavers, including Tigard’s strategy at http://www.jointreeforall.org/beavers/. “It’s very beneficial to have this beaver activity in the system. That’s why we take so much time to work with these urban beavers and the residents around them who are experiencing this kind of change,” states Carla Staedter.
City Sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive March 15
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Sign up in advance and save your spot!
- Library Community Room (13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard)
- To learn more visit www.tigard-or.gov/blood_drive.
Signs of Spring: Gates Open at Cook Park
Portions of Cook Park are pedestrians-only from November—March. Last week, Parks Crews reopened the gate allowing access to three additional parking lots. The park is home to great blue herons, river otters, and other wildlife. Spring is a great time to visit. The park is full of activity at the Butterfly Garden, soccer and softball fields and along trails as trees start to bloom and more people are out and about.
257 People Registered for Tigard Egg Hunt
Rain or shine, the City of Tigard will celebrate the much-anticipated arrival of spring with an egg hunt for children 0 to 10 years old and other family-friendly activities in Cook Park on Saturday, April 15. Free to the first 350 people to register. Thank you to our sponsor, Greenburg Pediatric Dentistry.
Fire Hydrant Replacement
Snow on Bull Mountain Road won't stop the water crew! Fire hydrant replacement was underway on Bull Mountain Road near 141 Ave. on Monday.
The Spring Activity Guide is Here!
Put a little spring in your step!
Check out the new 2017 Spring Activity Guide. This spring there is a little something for everyone, so please have a look and see what our Parks & Rec program has to offer. The City of Tigard offers more than 540 acres of parks, greenways and natural areas. Spring marks the start of the second year of recreation programming in Tigard. The city’s Public Works Department is proud to offer quality parks and recreational programs for everyone in Tigard. Visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation for more information and to register.
Where are the turtles of Washington County? Can they live in urban settings? What do they need in order to thrive? To find out, Clean Water Services will be conducting turtle surveys in March, April and May of 2017. Volunteers from the community are needed to help gather data along Fanno and Summer Creeks. The next training is Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Tigard Public Works Auditorium. For more information, view the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1263734847048145/.
Jim Griffith Memorial Skate Park to Close for Routine Maintenance
The skate park will be temporarily closed for maintenance during the week of March 20 to March 26. “This work is essential to maintain the surfaces within the park,” said Parks Supervisor Martin McKnight. The city’s contractor, Dreamland Skateparks, will be performing scheduled annual repairs. Dreamland Skateparks is a team of skateboarders, architects, and concrete craftsmen who built the park in 2007.
Work will include:
- Repairs to the volcano in the middle of the park
- Concrete patch work where needed
- Cleaning and painting of the metal surfaces within the park
We appreciate your consideration while the skate park undergoes maintenance. For more information, contact Martin McKnight at 503-718-2598.
Mayor Scheduled to Proclaim April as Arbor Month
The City of Tigard has a proud history of commitment to preserving, enhancing and maintaining its urban forest. The city's trees provide an important backdrop for life in Tigard. In Oregon, the first week of April is known as Oregon Arbor Week. In Tigard, the city council invites citizens to celebrate trees during the entire month of April.
An Arbor Day observance and proclamation are one of four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation to qualify for Tree City USA. Tigard has received this recognition annually since 2001. Read about the Tree City USA program at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
The Mayor will celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees with Tigard High School CE2 students in Jack Park.