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Dirksen Cows on loan at Dirksen Nature Park

Cows Put to Work at Dirksen Nature Park
On Monday, May 27, a reforestation contractor will bring a small herd of cattle into Dirksen Nature Park. The cows are part of a project to restore the park’s native oak savanna. The cows will mimic the grazing of elk and will help to establish healthy levels of native wildflowers and grasses.

Prior to the arrival of cattle, two fences will be installed, including an electric inner fence. Fence lines will not cross any established trails and no trail or park closures will be necessary.

Good things to remember around cattle:

  • Do not feed the cows. The ripping action of their grazing is good for the prairie. They will only be here a short time. Please don’t fill them up with “snacks.”
  • Keep dogs on leash. Some dogs find chasing cattle irresistible. It is important to keep your dog safe from being kicked by this much larger animal. Also, these cows are guests in Tigard. Please do not allow your dog to bark at or chase the cattle.

  • Stay back from the cattle fencing and walk by quietly. This will keep the cows comfortable and focused on grazing. This will also keep you from being shocked by the electric strand located just within the construction fencing.

For More Information

  • Contact Carla Staedter @ 971-255-7726 or Jeff Peck @ 971-295-6588
  • After hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) please call Wendy Kral @ 503-327-4973

Dirksen Nature Park
April 2019
Dirksen Nature Park Play StructureThe new playground feature at Dirksen Nature Park is open... just in time for the nice weather. The clubhouse feature completes construction on the nature play area.

The large nature play area is designed for ages 5-12 years and features:
  • Multiple log climbers
  • Secret rock cave
  • Sloping rock climber
  • Vertical climbing log with handholds
  • Carved chair
  • Living willow tunnel

The small nature play area is designed for toddlers and features beaver habitat, including: 

  • A swimming beaver and a beaver set on a log (fun to climb on)
  • A beaver lodge with building poles: gather sticks to build your own lodge
  • Climber logs

Dirksen Nature Park: Small Nature Play Area for toddlers

Dirksen Nature Park Overview

In 2010, the city purchased a 48-acre property near Fowler Middle School. The property is to become Tigard's second largest park and offers a mix of mature forest, wetlands, and open space. The area is home to turtles, frogs, salamanders, red-tailed hawks, owls and herons.

The park is bordered by Fowler Middle School to the south, Tiedeman Avenue to the east, and Tigard Street to the north. Fanno Creek and its tributary, Summer Creek, flow through the site, which serves as an outdoor classroom for environmental education.

The park was named in honor of former mayor Craig Dirksen who was a proponent for the acquisition of park land and open space.

Initial improvements, including upgrades to the existing education building and construction of a picnic shelter, restroom, and trails, will be underway in 2015. Long-term plans for park development include street and ball field improvements, additional trails, and natural play areas.
Features & Highlights:

  • Ball field rentals
  • Natural area
  • Education building
  • Outdoor fitness equipment

2013 Preliminary Plans for Dirksen Nature Park

The City of Tigard's Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) recommended the adoption of the conceptual master plan for Dirksen Nature Park (formerly the Summer Creek property) in 2012. 
Public Works Dept. | 503-718-2591
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