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THPRD proposes renaming tennis center

District accepting comment on proposed Babette Horenstein Memorial Tennis Center

COURTESY THPRD - The Tualatin Hills Tennis Center would be renamed the Babette Horenstein Memorial Tennis Center if the district's Board of Directors agrees with a proposal to honor the late board member, considered one of the most influential people in the district's history. Staff have started collecting public input about the idea.The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has proposed a new way of honoring the late Babette Horenstein, a longtime board member considered one of the most influential people in the district’s 61-year history.

The new idea is to rename the current Tualatin Hills Tennis Center as the Babette Horenstein Memorial Tennis Center.

Last year, the district planned to rename Hideaway Park in the Garden Home community after Horenstein, but neighbors rallied to keep that park’s historic name, which matches the established residential area surrounding it. The THPRD Board of Directors nixed the plan in January but promised to find another way to honor Horenstein.

District officials are collecting comments through July 6 about the tennis center renaming proposal through their website, thprd.org.

Staff will decide whether to present this proposal to the board after the comment period closes.

COURTESY THPRD - In addition to public service, the late Babette Horenstein enjoyed playing tennis and advocated for more courts during her volunteer service with the district.
Around THPRD Horenstein, who died in 2013, is regarded in a similar league with founder Elsie Stuhr and longtime general manager Howard Terpenning, both of whom have major facilities named in their honor.

During her 16 years on the board and beyond, Horenstein was a major advocate for the district’s tennis programs and also was a longtime player.

Horenstein’s volunteer work for the district began in 1974, when she helped with a bond measure campaign that eventually funded development of what today is the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex.

One of the facilities built at HMT is the tennis center, considered among the best public tennis facilities in the Northwest. It is used for classes and tournaments of all sizes.

Horenstein was elected to the board in 1977 and served until 1993, a high-growth period when 83 park sites were added to the district, including a number with tennis courts.

Horenstein's public service also included service on the Beaverton School District Board, Raleigh Hills Water District Board, Washington County Visitors Association Board and Tualatin Hills Park Foundation Board, among other volunteer affiliations.

By Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Reporter
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