Category Archives: City Recreation

Learn How to X-Factor Garden Space

Updated: 7 March 2020, Marc Woodard Although many people begin planting gardens as early as March in the great North West, it is not too late to begin within the month of May. It is well known gardening activity is good for wellbeing, increased fitness levels and overall health, not to mention the nutritional value of consuming farmed fresh foods. There is also an X-factor created when gardening space wraps around outdoor patios and decks. (more…)

Tigard Heritage Plaza-Trail System Update

Update: 12/14/2019 Marc Woodard On November 19, 2017, I wrote the following article: Transforming Tigard Heritage Trail. I’ve added current pictures 2 years later. As you can see there’s been great improvement on the heritage trail system. Upon the projects completion I’ll add updated images to make the before and after comparisons. Avid walkers, joggers and bikers are likely familiar with a crescent shaped porous asphalt pathway running parallel with Tigard Street and intersecting at (more…)

Committee Forms to Expand Recreation Opportunities in Tigard

Above: Tigard Community Recreation Committee (TCRC) [L to R]: Marland Henderson, Connie Ramaekers, Neal Brown, Patti Atkins, Marc Woodard and Gabi Miller comprise the TCRC committee. Updated: 1/11/2020 by Marc Woodard Tigard Community Recreation Committee (TCRC) is a not for profit committee of citizens with a goal of expanding city recreation opportunities for everyone. The committee is working on a plan to raise enough money to construct a community recreation facility in Tigard — run (more…)

Resilient Children Build Strong Families and Communities

On May 17, 2019 I attended a workshop at the City of Tigard, OR public works building, Creating Strong Families and Communities, presented by Dr. Amy Stoeber. She covered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) known to cause life stress and trauma (e.g., divorce, parental arrest, emotional neglect and abuse, bulling, peer pressure etc.). Children who experience ACE and have no positive, or little adult interaction are at greater risk of depression, drug addiction, obesity, detachment and (more…)

Camas Day in Dirksen Nature Park

Last Update: 9 March 2020, Marc Woodard The second Tigard Camas Festival is upon us. When – Saturday, April 27 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Dirksen Nature Park (11130 SW Tiedeman Avenue). Have fun with family and friends as you “Learn more about the local significance of the camas flower while it’s in bloom… take a tour to find brass sculptures of local wildlife, and enjoy the recently completed oak savanna wetlands (more…)

Recreation Saves Lives and Cities

Updated: 14 October 2018, Marc Woodard Today’s cities compete for residents and business by offering state of the art recreation facilities services and programs, developed parks and green-way trail systems, safe walkways and open green space and for good reason. It is the tremendous economic, social, well-being and fit healthy benefits these recreational amenities bring to community. Once people relate to these benefits their more likely to value, support and demand these things of city leaders. I’ve known for (more…)

Why Recreation Events are Supported by Community

I attended the annual 4th of July Celebration event at Tigard High School like hundreds of others this year. Yes the fireworks were the main feature and reason many showed up – but something else is going on community leaders need to pay attention too. City 4th of July Celebration – Awaiting Fire Works Display The place was literally abuzz with conversation and activities within each families picnic area on the football field. If I (more…)

City Recreation Return on Investment

Typically one thinks of City Recreation as offering a recreation center with swimming pool, events hall, fitness equipment, gym, indoor club and meeting rooms and a plethora of services and activities offered under one roof. Many Cities simply don’t have the financial means to offer such amenities. However when community leaders realize the economic return on indoor/outdoor events and activities – they support and strategically plan to grow them like any other core City service (more…)