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Walking map highlights downtown landmarks


by: SUBMITTED GRAPHIC - Copies of the walking map brochure can be picked up at various places or accessed online at the city's website.Ever feel like the focal points of downtown Beaverton are scattered and difficult to navigate from one location to another? The city of Beaverton’s new walking map will lead you where you need to go.

Made possible through a $5,000 grant from the Washington County Visitor’s Association, the Downtown Beaverton Walking Map highlights features such as civic centers, businesses, public art, historic buildings and sustainability projects.

A first for downtown, according to city officials, the Walking Map focuses on visitor attractions in the historic district, provides education and awareness about the history of the community, encourages walking and connections to the city’s transit options, and highlights sustainable features, area businesses, activities and events, while bringing locals and visitors to the area.

The map includes a print brochure as well as an interactive, web-based map housed on the city’s website at BeavertonOregon.gov/WalkingMap.

“City staff have spent the past 10 months compiling all of the details embedded in the walking map,” said Don Mazziotti, director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Department. “We hope residents will take the opportunity to explore some of the features that they may not have realized existed in downtown Beaverton and use this as a tool for introducing their guests to the wonderful amenities of the area.”

Brochures can be found at Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, the Washington County Visitor’s Association, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way; Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.; Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12655 S.W. Center St., No. 140; and Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St.

“We know all the wonderful assets found in our community, but it’s important that we highlight these in a way that residents and visitors can easily access and enjoy them,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “Downtown Beaverton is a destination — this walking map is evidence of that.”

In addition to the city’s Community and Economic Development Department, the project was developed with help from Beaverton Main Street, Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Beaverton Downtown Association, Beaverton Farmers Market, Beaverton Hispanic Center, TriMet and the Westside Transportation Alliance, among others.