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Bull Mountain Park

A Park is Born
You know that wooded lot that looks like a scary jungle of prickly blackberry bushes, and overgrown weeds? If you get close you might notice the canopy of oak trees offering shade to blooming Trilliums, unruly ferns and wild mushrooms. You might see underbrush lending a protective cover to an unseen critter passing by. And if you listen closely, you can take in the sound of the Song Sparrows chirping warnings of your presence to each other. 

That’s sort of what happened for neighbors living adjacent to undeveloped property on Bull Mountain, in Tigard.

Their observations led to a vision that blossomed into a plan which brought their community together and turned a wooded lot into a neighborhood jewel. And now the Friends of Bull Mountain Park is this year’s winner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Association Volunteer Service Award. Watch the video aired during the awards ceremony.

Friends of Bull Mountain Park celebration
The Friends of Bull Mountain Park have a lot to celebrate. Their progress took monumental commitment. Volunteers logged more than 2,000 hours of sweat equity and provided ingenious ideas to raise money. To purchase the property, the Friends lobbied for funds from Tigard’s 2010 Parks and Open Spaces Bond Measure by having an ongoing presence at the City of Tigard’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings.

As representatives from the Friends of Bull Mountain Park accepted the award last week, they knew it was about much more than recognition.  It was about lifelong friendships formed while cutting trails, sowing native plants, building benches and a natural playground from repurposed trees.

It was about love - for nature, community and future generations. 

Now, the Friends of Bull Mountain Park can gather on warm summer evenings for picnics and music and wait for the rare Phantom orchids discovered within that unruly jungle to reveal their white, glowing blooms.

Volunteer Service Award

Volunteer Service Award goes to Friends of Bull Mountain Park
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Association named The Friends of Bull Mountain Park as the 2018 recipient of the Volunteer Service Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding parks and recreation projects and partners.

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.

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Park Overview
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.
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