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Sunday Trailways event offers fun in Rock Creek

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Discover the Rock Creek Regional Trail during the Sunday Trailways event.Building on last year’s popular debut, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District will stage its second annual Sunday Trailways event this weekend, offering free activities, entertainment and educational opportunities for families and individuals at various spots along the Rock Creek Regional Trail in the Rock Creek/Bethany area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An estimated 700 people participated in last year’s inaugural Sunday Trailways on the Fanno Creek Trail. The good turnout and positive feedback from participants prompted the district to bring back the event.

“We created Sunday Trailways to promote awareness of our 60-mile trails system,” said Lisa Novak, the park district’s superintendent of programs and special activities. “It’s active, family-oriented, highlights our natural resources and showcases a non-motorized alternative for suburban travelers.”

This year’s focus, the Rock Creek Trail, extends 3.5 miles within district boundaries from the Rock Creek West Soccer Fields to the Kaiser Woods Natural Area, offering some compelling scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities.

At 11 a.m. at Bethany Lake Park, near the southwest corner of Northwest 185th Avenue and West Union Road, the park district will dedicate two new segments of the trail that were funded by its $100 million 2008 voter-approved bond measure. One connects Northwest Kaiser Road to its intersection with the north-south Westside Regional Trail and the other links Bethany Lake Park to Northwest West Union Road.

People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to “walk, run, ride or roll” along the trail to three designated activity sites: the Rock Creek West Soccer Fields, Bethany Lake Park and Pirate Park. At those locations, participants will find live music, sports and games, the park district’s Rec Mobile and Nature Mobile, Radio Disney, dance and fitness classes, free basic bicycle repair, bicycle helmet inspection, information and more. In addition, the district’s natural resources department specialists will be out on the trail to help participants learn about their natural surroundings.

Activities will go on continuously at each site for all four hours of the event, meaning participants can join them whenever and wherever they like.

Community partners include the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Bicycle Safety Council, and Sunset Cycles, which is one of the event sponsors, along with Northwest Natural, ePrint, Schulz-Clearwater Sanitation and Hilton Garden Inn.

For more information and maps, visit thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Neighborhood children have already discovered Pirate Park along the Rock Creek Regional Trail. The park is one of three designated activity sites during the Sunday Trailways event.




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