THPRD's Board of Directors is elected by taxpayers to represent the public interest.
Board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. Additional work sessions will be scheduled if needed; public input is welcome. Please see the schedule or call 503-645-6433 for further information.
Most meetings are held at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, Dryland Meeting Room. >>Schedule/Agenda
Past THPRD Board Members
THPRD would like recognize and give thanks to the citizens listed below for their service to the community.
Elsie Stuhr, 1955-75
Folkert Menger, 1979-88
Leonard Uppinghouse, 1955-60
Edward Stuhr, 1983-87
Joe Pearson, 1955-63
Ray Phillips, 1985-90
Virginia Robinson, 1956-63
Mabel Eng, 1987-93
Merrill Meigs, 1956-59
Robert Mitchell, 1987-91
Chris Schindler, 1959-60
Robert Hathaway, 1989-97
Marvin Newman, 1960-73
June Crabb, 1990-95
James Sare, 1960-67
Dennis Doyle, 1991-95
Jack Cady, 1963-66
Marlene Carson, 1993-95
Helene Nelson, 1964-69
Mark Knudsen, 1995-2005
Edward Lilly, 1966-69
Terry Moore, 1995-2003
Robert Henry, 1967-72
Janet Allison, 1995-2001
Warren Mitchell, 1969-70
Gail Parker, 1995-99
James Barnard, 1969-85
Bruce S. Dalrymple, 1997-2006
Robert Glasgow, 1970-75
Deanna Mueller-Crispin, 2001-05
George Hobbs, 1972-75
Bill Kanable, 2005 - 2013
Sydney Nelson, 1973-77
Joe Blowers, 2003 - 2015
James Moore, 1975-79
John Griffiths, 1999 - Current
Sally Stockwell, 1975-77
Larry Pelatt, 2005 - Current
Kathy Christy, 1975-77
Bob Scott, 2006 - Current
Carole Shick, 1975-83
Jerry Jones, Jr., 2013 - Current
Larry Cole, 1977
Ali Kavianian, 2015 - Current
Donna Stuhr, 1977-79
Babette Horenstein, 1977-93
Eldon Foster, 1979-89
New park planning process gives neighbors a seat at the table
Earlier this month, about 30 community members participated in three design workshops with THPRD and WH Pacific, the landscape architect that will soon prepare a master plan for a new park in Aloha. The workshops are another element of THPRD’s reimagined approach to park planning
In the fall of 2019, THPRD will open a new 7.5-acre neighborhood park in Aloha at a site near Beaver Acres Elementary School that includes two recently acquired parcels and the small, undeveloped Crowell Woods Natural Area.
Last week, park neighbors were invited to participate in three design workshops with THPRD and WH Pacific, the landscape architect that will soon prepare the preferred master plan.
“It feels very inclusive, which is nice because we live in the area and it’s nice to have a one-on-one, before it goes in front of everybody,” park neighbor Adam Grabel said after attending one of the workshops with his wife and children. “Even if it’s just offloading ideas that we thought were important to the community, I like that ‘early-in’ process for us.”
February’s workshops are another element of THPRD’s reimagined approach to park planning; several new processes have given neighbors and other park advocates more input before the master plan is prepared. This pioneering approach may become a template for future THPRD park design projects.
The district began the dialogue with neighbors in November with three “Community Conversations.” These focus groups gave several groups – including nearby residents, families and underrepresented cultural communities — a chance to discuss their recreational needs.
Additionally, nearly 200 people expressed their preferences in a survey distributed to neighbors and posted on a project web page at THPRD.org.
At the recent workshops, more than 30 people learned new details about the site’s features and constraints. They also participated in a group exercise to propose their own design ideas for the property. Afterward, each group presented their ideas to the larger gathering.
“I liked being able to meet neighbors and get their perspective, because it helped us to see not just what we wanted, but what other people wanted,” Sonja Grabel said.
Generally, participants supported elements that preserved and showcased the natural beauty of the site, which features many mature trees and is intersected by a small creek.
“We have ideas – my daughter especially – about what we’d like to see,” said Andrea Galvin, whose daughter joined her in attendance. “Nature play is really big for her. There’s a lot of little kid play structures in the area, but nothing for bigger kids to play on.”
Galvin said the give-and-take with neighbors was a worthwhile exercise.
“It’s a great way to bring us all in and we can give our input before the decisions are made for us,” she said. “I was happy to see what people came up with today. At times, I thought, ‘I like their idea better than what we came up with!’”
All of the feedback gathered throughout this multitiered planning effort will now be compiled and vetted by THPRD’s Design & Development staff. It will then be integrated into a preferred master plan.
Once completed, that plan will be presented to THPRD’s advisory committees and also made available for review at a public meeting this spring.
“I would expect that, when the next plan comes out, that it speaks to some of what we saw and talked about here.” Sonja Grabel said.
If the district’s first iteration of the master plan reflects the vision of park neighbors and receives public support, it could be approved by THPRD’s Board of Directors as early as June.
Construction of the unnamed park is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019.
Special Dec. 11 event will celebrate Tennis Center renaming
Staff at the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center will host a public event on Sunday, Dec. 11, (1-4 pm) that will celebrate the center’s namesake and the game she loved.
Staff at the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center are planning a public event on Sunday, Dec. 11, that will celebrate not only the center’s namesake but also the game she loved.
Oregon native Jonathan Stark, former No. 1 doubles player in the world, will lead off the event at 1 pm, teaming up with Tennis Center staff to conduct a free clinic for all attendees.
A ceremony honoring Horenstein will start at 2 pm, followed by a free round-robin mixer for all tennis players who want to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.
The celebration, which is open to everyone, will also include free refreshments.
This past August, the THPRD Board of Directors voted to change the name of the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in honor of Horenstein (pronounced “Hor-en-stine”), who passed away in 2013 at age 81. She served on the board from 1977 to 1993, helping guide the district through a period of high growth.
A tennis player herself, Horenstein was instrumental in the expansion of tennis facilities and programs throughout the park district. In addition, her advocacy helped the district pass a 1974 bond measure that funded the construction of the Tennis Center.
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.