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Downtown Association, THPRD honored as Vision Partners

Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee celebrates contributions

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Beaverton Downtown Association was one of two recipients of the city of Beaverton's 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. The BDA was honored for its efforts to revitalize downtown, including last year's pedestrian-friendly improvements on Southwest Broadway Street.Beaverton’s Visioning Advisory Committee couldn’t decide which single organization was most worthy of its annual Visioning Partner of the Year award.

So for the first time, it chose two: the Beaverton Downtown Association and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

The winners were announced at an April 14 meeting of all Beaverton Community Vision partners.

“The VAC had a tough time deciding on any one partner to recognize this year,” said committee chair Jaann Hoisington.

“We appreciate all of the contributions our partners make, so having two great partners stand out and champion the community’s vision was a good problem to have.”

She added: “Our Vision Champion Awards are just one small way we can thank the people and institutions that make a difference and help us keep and exceed our promises to the community.”SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District received one of Beaverton's 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Jerry Jones, THPRD board secretary; Jaann Hoisington, Visioning Advisory Committee chair; and Doug Menke, THPRD general manager.

The business group was chosen because of its efforts to revitalize Beaverton’s downtown, including pedestrian-friendly street improvements and updated signs, particularly the renovation of Southwest Broadway Street.

The BDA recently was recognized with a “Transforming Downtown” designation by the Oregon Main Street Program. The group has future plans, including street festivals and a host of other activities, to highlight the art, food and cultural offerings in downtown Beaverton.

THPRD received the award because of its outreach work with diverse populations, as well as providing social support through use of its facilities as cooling shelters during last summer’s heat wave and delivering meals to disadvantaged youth in the THPRD Rec Mobile.

THPRD also has worked extensively to extend Beaverton’s local trail network, including new connections on the Westside Trail.

The district also provides opportunities for all residents to stay fit, including an adaptive recreation program, inclusive plan projects and a new fit station at Elsie Stuhr Center.

“The visioning plan dovetails beautifully with our mission, which is to continually improve quality of life for Beaverton-area residents,” said Jerry Jones, a THPRD board member who also was a founding member of the VAC. “We’re proud to support the city in its efforts and honored to receive this recognition.”