Party in the Park attracts thousands
Good times abound at community celebration
With sparkling weather, impressive attendance and general good spirits conspiring for the greater good, this years Party in the Park turned out better than Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District planners couldve hoped.
The weather was ideal, the event ran smoothly from an operational perspective, and there were smiles and laughter from our guests everywhere we turned, said Bob Wayt, the districts communications director. All in all, it was a great day for celebrating free fun in Beaverton. We thank everyone who came out.
Wayt estimated a crowd of more than 8,000 came out for the event, held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex at Southwest 158th Avenue and Walker Road. The free events individual attractions, including the Beaverton International Celebration, the Classic at T-Hills car show and the Family Triathlon, transformed the districts main campus into a carnival of activities for people of all ages. The event also included drop-in sports, swimming, food, music, exhibitions and other family-friendly activities.
Wayt said the attendance figure, up from last years estimated 7,500 party-goers, is especially impressive given the areas other options over the weekend.
This was excellent news because there were many competing special events happening on the same day around the Portland area, he said, noting the Washington County Fair and the Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro. Participation in the Family Triathlon was higher than its ever been, and food vendor sales and ATM uses were also up this year.
Crowds at the international celebration appeared to be the largest in the events three-year history.
Many of the guests, were pretty sure, had never been to our complex before, Wayt noted, but now that theyve seen it, we hope they will come back and take some classes or use our facilities.
Still basking in the glow of a successful Party in the Park, THPRD officials are already discussing the 2014 party, with the goal of making next years event even better, Wayt said. Planning has already begun.Add a comment