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Dirksen Nature Park

Tigard Parks Update
Updated 5/21/20

Tigard Parks are Open
Per Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order: All playgrounds, outdoor sports courts and fields (including, but not limited to, basketball courts, skateparks, tennis courts, soccer fields) are CLOSED and should be avoided. This is a necessary step and mandated by the Oregon Governor’s Executive Order, to support public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Social distancing is REQUIRED at all city parks. Restrooms are also closed.

No reservations are currently being accepted for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Urban Parks social distancing

Dirksen Nature Park
Dirksen Nature Park Play StructureThe large nature play (temporarily closed) 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 (temporarily closed) 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
11130 SW Tiedeman Avenue

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