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Party in the Park offers day of free fun


Triathlon, car show and culture will highlight festivities

Party in the Park, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s largest community event of the year, returns for its eighth run on Saturday, July 27, at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, Southwest 158th Avenue and Walker Road.

The day-long affair — featuring the Beaverton International Celebration, the Classic at T-Hills car show and the Family Triathlon - will transform the district’s main campus into a carnival of activities for people of all ages. Admission is free for the event, which also includes drop-in sports, swimming, food, music, exhibitions and other family-friendly activities.

“This family-oriented, active, outdoor event really showcases so many of the elements that make our district successful,” says park district General Manager Doug Menke. “It connects people with their families, friends and community.”

Most of the events take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except the Classic at T-Hills, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Family Triathlon, which starts at 9 a.m. There is a nominal fee to participate in those events, which are free to watch.

Since its 2011 debut at Party in the Park, the Beaverton International Celebration has become a major attraction, Menke said. Coordinated by the city of Beaverton, the celebration pays tribute to the Beaverton area’s diverse population. This year’s show will include music, dance, arts and crafts exhibits, food, costumes and information representing numerous ethnic communities. A “kids and culture” interactive area with a broad range of activities for children and families will also be offered.

The Classic at T-Hills will display vintage automobiles, trucks and motorcycles on grass fields behind the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, with musical entertainment provided by Sol-Mars from 10 a.m. to noon, and The Shifterz from 1 to 3 p.m.

A staple of the party since 2007, the Family Triathlon brings children and parents in a noncompetitive 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and 1/3-mile run. At noon, the Beaverton Police Department will unleash its K-9 Unit for a demonstration.

A wide array of free and fun activities awaits children after 11 a.m., including giant inflatable play structures, climbing walls, arts and crafts and face painting. The park district’s Rec Mobile and Nature Mobile will provide supervised sports and arts programs, games and environmental education.

Free drop-in sports activities are scheduled throughout the day, including basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickle ball and table tennis at the Athletic Center, swimming at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.). The schedule also includes an outdoor tennis clinic and bocce demonstration.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors.

The park district will run a shuttle between the complex and the Merlo Road/Southwest 158th MAX light-rail station. The complex is served by bus routes 59 and 67, and bicycle racks are available. Campus parking is free but limited on the 92-acre HMT Complex.

For more information, visit thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.