Cooper Mountain park sports dog areas, athletic field

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Michael Perry throws a ball to his two dogs Sally and Mya at the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Districts new Paul & Verna Winkelman Park near Cooper Mountain. The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District invites the public to a grand opening of Paul and Verna Winkelman Park on Cooper Mountain off Southwest 175th Avenue.

The event will be held Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and include free food, fun and prizes. The Rec Mobile and Nature Mobile will provide activities for children, and the Park Patrol will distribute stickers.

In addition, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be there with a K-9 Unit dog and handler. Other community partners participating include Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue with a fire truck and the sheriff’s office crime prevention team with an information table.

A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by park district General Manager Doug Menke is planned for about 6:30 p.m.

Located at 10139 S.W. 175th Ave. off Southwest Scholls Ferry Road, Paul and Verna Winkelman Park opened on June 1 following a 12-month construction project that was funded by district’s 2008 voter-approved bond measure. The developed portion of the 20-acre site features a two-acre dog park and a multipurpose youth athletic field with backstop. It also offers parking and a pathway.

The dog park is fully fenced and partitioned into a small dog paddock, all-season area with wood chips and a large grassy area for pooches of all sizes to run and play off-leash. The athletic field, made of natural grass, will be used for a variety of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, football, baseball and softball.

The district plans to add a community garden, sheltered picnic seating, play areas and more in the future when additional funds become available.

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