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Groundbreaking set for Bull Mountain Park

Park lovers will be on Bull Mountain next week to officially kick off a major construction project on one of Tigard’s newest — and least utilized — parks.

Tigard Bull Mountain Park, a 10-acre park located at 13950 S.W. Alpine Crest Way on Bull Mountain, became a city park in 2012, but has sat largely undeveloped thus far.

A groundbreaking is planned for 4 p.m. June 24. When finished, the park is expected to have a picnic shelter, a play area, trails, benches and more.

The city had planned to develop the park, but said it would likely be years before that happened.

Instead, much of the money for the park’s development was raised by neighbors in the Bull Mountain neighborhood, who have asked the city for years to open a park on Bull Mountain, which is largely without parks.

“What does it take to raise more than a half million dollars in cash and volunteer in-kind work? A good cause, a strong community commitment and a worthy goal with the end in sight,” said Toraj Khavari, chairman and president of Friends of Bull Mountain Park, a community group which led the charge to build the park.

The group received a grant of nearly $125,900 from Metro, the regional government, to construct a play area, picnic pavilion and other improvements at the park.

Other funding came from the city of Tigard, the Tigard Noon Rotary and several local businesses.

“Without their leadership, grant funding, donations and direction, Bull Mountain Park would remain a vision and a wish for many years to come,” Khavari said.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Friends of Bull Mountain Park is also planning weekly music and picnics in the park over the next two months.

The picnics — planned for 6 p.m. on June 23 and 30, July 14 and 28, and Aug. 11 and 25 — will feature music from local bands, including Tigard High School students.

Tigard Bull Mountain Park was purchased with part of Tigard’s $17 million parks bond, which voters approved in 2010.

Friends of Bull Mountain Park have said that they see the park as a crown jewel on Bull Mountain. The site could become “a venue that fosters healthy and active lifestyles; an outdoor classroom for meaningful learning; a connecting link into the regional trail system; a site for community and family gatherings and a place for children of all ages to play,” according to the group’s website.

For more on development in Tigard Bull Mountain Park, visit fbmpblogs.blogspot.com.