Party in the Park, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s biggest community event of the year, returns to Beaverton on Saturday, July 30. The 11th annual event – which includes the Beaverton International Celebration – will be staged at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 SW Walker Road, Beaverton.
Thousands of area residents attend this day-long festival each year to enjoy a wide array of fun, family-oriented activities, the majority of which are free of charge. Most activities take place from 11 am to 5 pm.
“Party in the Park and the Beaverton International Celebration bring residents of all ages, interests and backgrounds to THPRD to celebrate summer together,” said THPRD General Manager Doug Menke. “It’s an inexpensive way for individuals and families to enjoy a fun, active day among their friends and neighbors.”
The fun begins with the Family Triathlon at 9 am. This non-competitive event includes a 50-yard swim, two-mile bike ride, and 1/3-mile run. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at thprd.org; this activity does have a small fee to defray costs.
At 11 am, the party begins, both on and around the outdoor soccer fields. Interactive events and activities will be available all over the park, from multiple climbing walls and giant inflatables to arts and crafts and face painting. THPRD’s Rec Mobile will be on hand to offer a sampling of games and activities for guests of all ages, and THPRD’s Nature Mobile will provide nature and science learning opportunities, activities and games.
The Beaverton Police Department will host its popular K-9 unit demonstration from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm.
The Beaverton International Celebration, presented by the City of Beaverton, runs from 11 am to 5 pm and features music, dance, art, crafts, food, traditional dress and ceremonies from around the world. Performances are scheduled on two stages throughout the afternoon. Organizations, associations and businesses representing several of the area’s cultural communities will have information on display.
A diverse selection of food and beverage vendors will provide Party in the Park guests an opportunity to enjoy meals that reflect the international flavor of the day’s events – the menu includes hot dogs, bratwurst, Filipino noodles, pizza, quesadillas, Brazilian salgados, chicken teriyaki and Hawaiian shaved ice.
Free swimming will be available at the Aquatic Center from 1:30-3:30 pm and 4-6 pm. Drop-in tennis will be available on the Hardin Stadium Court from 11-5 except for a clinic from 2 to 3. On Field #1, coaches with the Portland Timbers youth program will share techniques and skills at a drop-in session from 3-5 pm. Meanwhile, inside the Athletic Center, there will be drop-in basketball, pickleball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis. Basketball and pickleball will also be played on the AC’s outdoor courts.
Even more interactive fun will be available on Field #5, formerly the home of The Classic at T-Hills show of vintage automobiles. New activities will include Bubble Ball races and field games, bocce, jenga, corn hole and ladder ball, a Cabela’s fly fishing demonstration, and a Disc Golf Challenge presented by Oregon State Parks.
Parking is free for all Party in the Park activities, but space is limited. The HMT Complex is served by bus routes 59 and 67, and bicycle racks are available. In addition, THPRD will run a shuttle between the complex and the Merlo Road/SW 158th MAX light rail station from 10:30 am to 6 pm.
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 240,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, 95 park sites with active recreational amenities, nearly 70 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and about 1,500 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.
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|Date: July 7, 2016
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