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Summerlake Park

Canada Goose Management in Summerlake Park
At the request of local residents, Tigard Parks & Rec began a new program in March to manage geese at Summerlake Park. 

The city regularly receives complaints requesting that Canada goose problems be addressed. In February and March, geese populations and complaints were increasing. Requests from area residents often point to concern for public health and safety in the park. Canada geese are enjoyed by many, but according to The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, conflicts can involve:

  • The unaesthetic and unpleasant nature of goose feces,
  • Possible health concerns over the feces,
  • Landscape damage, and
  • Geese aggressive toward humans.

The city’s goal is to implement a plan by which an appropriate population of geese can be maintained while not adversely affecting park users. To that end, the city has executed a contract with Geese Guys, a Portland firm specializing in comprehensive and humane Canada Goose Management Programs (CGMP).

Through the month of April, biologists with Geese Guys worked with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to apply humane egg depredation methods in Summerlake Park order to discourage the hatch out of goslings and resulting exponential population growth.

For more information, contact Steve Martin at steve@tigard-or.gov or 503-718-2591.


Park Overview
Summer Lake is the centerpiece of Summerlake Park. The 30-acre park has a ball field and picnic shelter available for rent. This park is also home to the Summerlake Dog Park. 

Trails, including three footbridges over the lake, give visitors access to the lake, rhododendron garden, and open spaces interspersed with small wooded areas.  The park is home to songbirds, ducks and aquatic animals. 

Features & Highlights

  • Picnic shelter rentals
  • Ball field rentals
  • Trails
  • BBQ grills
  • Drinking fountains
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Play structures
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Picnic tables
  • Rhododendron garden
  • Summerlake Dog Park    

Picnic Shelter Amenities

  • Accommodates 150 people
  • Covered pavilion
  • (9) 8' tables, including 3 cement tables
  • (6) Electrical outlets
  • 5' BBQ with 3 grills (charcoal not supplied)
  • Restrooms 40' away
  • Drinking fountain 50' away
  • Playground 250' away
  • Youth baseball field 250' away
  • Rhododendron garden 250' away
  • Basketball and tennis courts 300' away

Sorg Rhododendron Garden

rhody gardenSorg Rhododendron Garden is big hit in Summerlake Park, especially during April and May when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom.

The Rhododendron Garden was dedicated to Otto Karl Sorg (1905-1982) on October 23, 2001, following an agreement to transplant rhododendrons and azaleas from other Sorg properties to Summerlake Park. City crews transplanted approximately 15 rhododendrons and azaleas that were over 20 years old. Some of the rhododendrons were eight-feet across and required a loader to move. The garden continues to improve and expand as additional plants are donated or purchased.
Contact
Public Works Dept. | 503-718-2591
parks@tigard-or.gov
Location
11450 SW Winterlake Drive

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