$1.5 million bond measure-funded purchases add more than 5 acres to THPRD land

Two properties the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District acquired from two local churches will add a neighborhood park and a nature park to the district’s green space offerings in the near future.

In separate deals totaling slightly more than $1.5 million, the district acquired a 2.23-acre parcel from the Church of the Nazarene for a neighborhood park and a 2.97-acre plot from Living Hope Fellowship Church intended for a nature park.

The district bought the Church of the Nazarene property at Southwest Hall Boulevard and 22nd Street for $480,000. The undeveloped parcel includes a mix of Douglas fir, big leaf maples, Oregon white oak and an understory of native and non-native shrubs. A paved path the city of Beaverton maintains lies along the west and north sides of the property. Park district staff will soon conduct a natural resources inventory and design a habitat improvement plan for the site.

The second, $1.023 million purchase, from Living Hope Fellowship Church, adds nearly three acres at 17915 S.W. Alexander St. in Aloha to the district’s inventory of land for future park development. The land is now an open field with one residence and two storage buildings. The district plans to develop the property with a youth athletic field in the next few years using specified funds from the $100 million bond measure voters approved in 2008. A separate agreement will allow the public to use the church’s parking lot at certain times.

The bond measure is designated to preserve natural areas, develop new trails and trail connections, add athletic fields, and upgrade or expand parks and recreational facilities across the district. One-third of the measure, $33.6 million, is earmarked for land acquisition.

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