The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's completion of the purchase of about 1.7 acres of land on the west side of William Walker Elementary School clears the way for a bond measure-funded project to expand and improve the park.

The property at 11940 S.W. Lynnfield Lane between Cedar Hills Boulevard and Highway 217, is directly adjacent to Cedar Hills Park, a 10.3-acre parcel the park district owns and manages. The deal between the Beaverton School District and THPRD allows for an expansion and improvement of the park funded by the $100 million bond measure park district voters approved in 2008.

The deal, which was finalized earlier this summer, was the next step after park district and Beaverton School District leaders signed an intergovernmental agreement last year to address shared access, parking and other issues relating to the property sale.

“This acquisition means we’ll be able to make Cedar Hills Park even better for the community,” said park district General Manager Doug Menke. “We want to thank our longtime partners at the school district.”

The plan for Cedar Hills Park includes two full-size, multipurpose, synthetic turf sports fields with lights; a splash pad water play area; play equipment; permanent restrooms; a picnic area; walking path; and a community garden.

Beaverton School District Superintendent Jeff Rose agreed the project provides mutual benefits for area residents.

"By working together, we are going to be making significant improvements in this area that will benefit our children and the community,” he said. “These park and play-area improvements will be complementary to the William Walker Elementary campus when it is rebuilt in the next several years. Our students deserve an environment that facilitates safe play and learning during the school day and beyond."

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2016 and finish by spring 2017.

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