Culturally Responsive Activities and Service Delivery
We provide all individuals the opportunity to play, learn, and explore. We do this by removing barriers to participation, fostering an inclusive culture, and offering programs that celebrate the district’s diverse population. We are committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access (DEIA) and want to see this value infused in all THPRD’s work.
THPRD Bilingual Staff
THPRD has a strong commitment to provide access through information and service delivery in English and Spanish. To achieve this, THPRD has bilingual staff (English/Spanish) in the Administration Office, Recreation & Aquatic Centers, and Nature Centers. Also, there are several bilingual instructors that offer classes and programs in Spanish.
THPRD encourages open lines of communication and thrives to ensure access to all. That includes the provision of information in different languages regarding classes, programs, and services. All THPRD facilities have access to an over-the-phone interpreting service to offer patrons the option of over 200 languages.
Centro de Bienvenida
Our office opens every registration day (4 times a year) to give personalized attention and service delivery in Spanish. We support families with class selection, registration and with any other questions they might have.
Programa de Asistencia Financiera
Our Financial Aid Program is one of the many ways THPRD is working toward removing barriers to participation, and ensure all district users have access to our services. Eligible households receive up to $200 per person to use for classes, programs and other recreational opportunities. The program is led by a Bilingual Financial Aide and all materials are in English and Spanish.
Talking Walls -Sunset Sports Park
THPRD invited students from the Black Student Union from Sunset Highschool to use art and murals as a form of expression and visual communication.
THPRD partnered with Color Outside the Lines (COL), a nonprofit organization that strives to empower and inspire youth by providing opportunities with art, music, movement and creativity. COL reached out to four BIPOC artist and partnered students to work with them in the design and creation of their mural. This was a mentorship opportunity for students working with artists. On October 2020, THPRD, COL and the Black Student Union, and several BIPOC artists came together to create the first Talking Walls in THPRD.
Activities included the creation of four walls and additional activities such as Spoken Word (Ted Talk presenter Deangelo Raines) and an "I Have a Dream" art installation that students wanted to have: Showing the dreams of youth showcased in several fists and depicted in a way that you read “I Have a Dream” from the main road. We also had a Chalk the Block activity (Chalk Art) and a Message Garden (Painted rock garden).
Welcoming Week and Welcoming Walks
A Welcoming Walk is a walk to celebrate our immigrant and refugee community members, explore parks, and natural spaces.
This activity is part Welcoming America, an annual series of events happening nationwide, where organizations and communities bring together immigrants and those born within their countries in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across their communities and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone.
2020 was the City of Beaverton’s 6th annual participation in with Welcoming Week, the city worked as an umbrella to provide the space and spotlight for events that reduce barriers for new community members, immigrants and refugees. The objective being to build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents.
Due to this year’s COVID-19 preventive measures and contingencies, THPRD invited two culturally-specific organizations to participate in walks of no more than 30 people, while promoting virtual accessibility in the form of:
For 2020 Welcoming Week had two walks and activities:
Venezuela's Voice in Oregon in Greenway Park (Bilingual Walk)
Oregon Chinese Coalition in Moshofsky Woods Natural Area (Essay Competition "My Immigration Story" and a walk)
Nature Experience and Workforce Training (NEWT)
NEWT is funded by a Metro Grant to increase access and participation of latinx youth and families in Nature and Trails Programs. NEWT is a multiyear, relationship-based approach to reach and engage underserved communities. Community partners are Adelante Mujeres, the Beaverton School District’s Multilingual Department, the Friends of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, Columbia Sportswear and the Vose Neighborhood Association Committee.
9-Month Bilingual Spanish Preeschool Immersion Program
Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center offers a preschool program that provides a positive and creative atmosphere. Providing an enriching experience mixed with Spanish culture and influences. Students will interact in Spanish and English throughout the class, while engaging in hands on activities such as, games, arts & crafts, song, and more. Children are encouraged to develop their self-help, language and social-emotional skills in addition to academics.
The Tualatin Hills Nature Park offers a guided tour in Spanish for families (ages 2-5, it includes 2 other family members) to come and meet other families while exploring the nature park.
Paseos Guiados con Observación de Aves
The Tualatin Hills Nature Park offers a bilingual bird walk for the whole family. Attendees explore the trails that run through forest and stream habitats. Binoculars and bird guides are provided.
The Parks & Facilities Advisory Committee is working on Welcome Signs for all district sites. Staff designed a concept and had Welcome translated in the Top 20 languages spoken in the district.
Walk with me - Camina Conmigo
In June and July join an instructor for a 2-4 mile walk in a THPRD park. Create friendships within your own community while improving strength and cardio one step at a time. All fitness levels are welcome. There are volunteer Spanish speaking walking partners.
Women-only swim classes at Sunset Swim Center and women-only open swim at Aloha Swim Center.
Hispanic Heritage Art Contest
During the Hispanic Heritage Month, Cedar Hills Recreation Center hosts a free art contest where patrons can show what Hispanic culture means to them through art.
Fiesta en el Parque
An amazing opportunity for everyone in the community to come together to welcome and embrace Latinx culture and traditions through entertainment, food, sports, games, activities, and much more.
Fitness in the Park – Ejercicio en el Parque 2019
This district wide free program offers a variety of free family-friendly fitness opportunities available to everyone throughout the Beaverton area. Fitness in the Park helps community members achieve their fitness goals while connecting to nature, parks and trails. There are Spanish classes available.
Cultural Book Fair
Story tellers read the books they grew up with in the language from their place of origin. During the event there are different resources, including books in different languages, library card sign-up and more.
Spring Cultural Exhibit
This exhibit allows people from different cultures and different times to communicate with each other via images, sounds and stories. During the month of March, Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center exhibits a collection of different forms of art celebrating the many different cultures in our community.
Cultural Celebrations by Zumba
Each Thursday in February brings a different international theme for an exhilarating and effective workout experience at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center. There is African, Arabic, Latinx and Irish Family Zumba.
Make a Splash -
Free Swimming Classes in Spanish
THPRD offers free swim lessons through USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative. This event includes free swimming classes in Spanish.
Celebrating Indian Culture
A free event hosted by Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center that invites all the community to attend and participate. Attendants will have a taste of Indian Culture. The celebration incudes food, dance, music, and art performances.
Letterboxing Activity at Nature Parks
A fun type of scavenger hunt. THPRD two nature parks have clues inside letterboxes found on the trail. When a letterbox is found, you add your name to the notebook and then stamp your paper.
Each letterbox has its own special stamp and there is a prize once completed. Available in English and Spanish.
Día de los Niños – Children’s Day
Cedar Hills Recreation Center and Garden Home Recreation Center invites the community to a free event called Día de los niños (Children's Day), commonly known as Día, it is an annual celebration originated in several Latin American countries. This nationally recognized event emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Israeli Folk Dance class
Garden Home Recreation Center offers a beginner’s class to encourages students to have fun while learning a variety of dance steps and patterns to the numerous styles Israeli Folk Dancing has to offer.
Early Learning Resource Fair
Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center in co-sponsorship with the Department of Multilingual Programing, the Migrant Education Program, and the Early Learning Program from the Beaverton School District bring together a resource fair for connect connecting preschool families to resources available through different community partners.
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