Triathlon, car show and culture highlight festivities

by: TIMES FILE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Saturday's Party in the Park includes cultural performances highlighing the community's diversity during the Beaverton International Celebration.Party in the Park, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s largest community event of the year, returns for its eighth run on Saturday at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, Southwest 158th Avenue and Walker Road in Beaverton.

The day-long affair — featuring the Beaverton International Celebration, the Classic at T-Hills car show and the Family Triathlon — will transform the district’s main campus into a carnival of activities for people of all ages. Admission is free for the event, which also includes drop-in sports, swimming, food, music, exhibitions and other family-friendly activities.

“This family-oriented, active, outdoor event really showcases so many of the elements that make our district successful,” says park district General Manager Doug Menke. “It connects people with their families, friends and community.”

Most of the events take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except the Classic at T-Hills, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Family Triathlon, which starts at 9 a.m. There is a nominal fee to participate in those events, which are free to watch.

The Beaverton International Celebration pays tribute to the area’s diverse population. This year’s show will include music, dance, arts and crafts exhibits, food, costumes and information representing numerous ethnic communities. A “kids and culture” interactive area with a broad range of activities for children and families will also be offered.

The Classic at T-Hills will display vintage automobiles, trucks and motorcycles on grass fields behind the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, with musical entertainment provided by Sol-Mars from 10 a.m. to noon, and The Shifterz from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Family Triathlon brings children and parents in a noncompetitive 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and 1/3-mile run. At noon, the Beaverton Police Department will unleash its K-9 Unit for a demonstration.

A wide array of free and fun activities awaits children after 11 a.m., including giant inflatable play structures, climbing walls, arts and crafts and face painting. The park district’s Rec Mobile and Nature Mobile will provide supervised sports and arts programs, games and environmental education.

Free drop-in sports activities are scheduled throughout the day, including basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickle ball and table tennis at the Athletic Center, swimming at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.). The schedule also includes an outdoor tennis clinic and bocce demonstration.

For more information, visit or call 503-645-6433.

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