Metzger School Park will create a gathering place for the community, encouraging people to come together and engage with one another in a safe and open environment.
The vision to transform Metzger School into a community park, open to residents outside of school areas, came out of a collaborative effort between the school, community members, local groups and the City of Tigard. Serving an area of the city without easy access to much-needed recreational spaces, this project will create opportunities for learning, playing, and developing interconnected lives.
The neighbors and community members, who will use it most often, helped create the plan and amenities of the future park.
The key elements include:
- Artificial Turf Soccer Field in an area surround by lots of pavement, lack of sidewalks and little to no open areas, most local youths play soccer in open parking lots and on the street. An artificial turf field would open up a world of possibilities for them to engage in physical recreation.
- Amphitheater design came from a desire from the community to have more opportunities to express themselves. Having a space to preform artistically for their family and peers helps increase a child’s confidence and presentation skills while offering a medium for self-expression.
- Nature Play areas have been linked to a variety of benefits including: increased health by stimulating children’s immune systems, increase physically fitness, lower incidents of behavioral disorders and increased imaginations.
- Art Fence and Community Gardens increase sense of community and stewardship. They also offer opportunities to bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds and foster relationships even when language barriers exist.
We are currently working on developing the Artificial Turf Field to be used by Metzger students, the surrounding community and sports groups.