It's Official: Parks Bond Measure 34-156 Passes With Nearly 51 Percent Of Vote
The Washington County Elections Office has certified passage of Parks Bond Measure 34-156, the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's first bond measure in 14 years. The measure captured nearly 51 percent of the ballots cast.
The $100 million bond measure will provide funds for land acquisition and dozens of improvement projects focused on parks, trails, natural area preservation, athletic fields, expansions of the Elsie Stuhr Center and the Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, and replacement and rehabilitation of aging facilities.
Doug Menke, THPRD general manager, had the following comment:
"Obviously, we're pleased and excited. Many, many people put an awful lot of work into the bond measure and we are grateful for their support. But even more important, we want to thank the community. It shows that voters as a whole liked the proposal we brought forth, and they trust us to deliver on it. We won't let them down."
Election day was Nov. 4, but due to the closeness of the vote, the elections office held off on announcing official results until all ballots were counted. The final tally was 47,412 yes to 45,603 no, a margin of 1,809 votes (50.97 percent to 49.03 percent).
Menke said that THPRD staff have already begun planning activities such as project schedules, budget development, staffing, communications to the public, and more. One of the near-term priorities for the board of directors will be to appoint a Citizens Oversight Committee. The committee will be made up of volunteers from the community whose charge will be to make sure that the $100 million is invested as planned.
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving more than 200,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages. Offerings include a wide variety of classes and more than 200 park sites, 40 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,100 acres of nature preserve.
Director – Communications
|Date: November 25, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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