Category Archives: Recreation

Camas Day in Dirksen Nature Park

Last Update: 29 April 2019, Marc Woodard Camas flower in Dirksen Nature Park in full bloom The first ever Camas Festival occurred – Saturday, April 27 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Dirksen Nature Park (11130 SW Tiedeman Avenue).  “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 overlook, nature play (more…)

Recreation Saves Lives and Cities

“City recreation is now the policy maker in partnership with city leaders, especially as health and recreational access disparity grows.” 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 greenway trail systems, safe walkways and open green space and for good reason.  It is the tremendous economic, social, wellbeing and fit healthy benefits these recreational amenities bring to community.  Once (more…)

Why Recreation Events are Supported by Community

City 4th of July Celebration – Awaiting Fire Works Display 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. The place was literally abuzz with conversation and activities within each families picnic area on the football field. If I didn’t (more…)

City Recreation Return on Investment

Tigard Ice Cream Social – Tigard House 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 (more…)

Learn How to X-Factor Garden Space

Build garden above and around outdoor social space 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 (more…)

Boot Up Properly To Walk Anywhere

Marc Woodard, April 2018 I’m often ask why I ‘Boot Up’ to walk Tigard’s easily accessible sidewalks, parkway and greenway paved trail systems. That is, I typically wear boots and protective clothing with backpack. My reasoning is basically 5-fold. 1) I often walk through narrow dirt trail systems in publically owned wooded areas with overgrown brush and weeds within City boundaries. You can find these remote trails within and around Dirksen Nature Park, Bull Mountain (more…)

Nature’s Best-In-Class Stair Master on Bull Mountain

Walking to Bull Mountain Trail Head Like most fitness enthusiasts I’m always looking for a variety of exercise activities that’ll keep me motivated to walk daily – If I can find it outdoors all the better. After the Holidays and during the winter months there’s nothing better than a “Mid-Intensity fat burning walking activity,” especially on an uphill grade with multiple switchbacks and preferably in a wooded area. If such a place exists, you’ve just (more…)

Tigard’s Outdoor Fitness Center

Fanno Creek Bridge Crossing into Dirksen Nature Park During brisk afternoon walks I often cross a pedestrian bridge in my neck of the woods.  It’s located on Tiedemann Avenue in Tigard at the North East corner of Fowler Grade School next to the track. This bridge crossing over Fanno creek is a pedestrian access point into Dirksen Nature Park.  One day after walking across the bridge I broke stride to focus on a youth doing pull-ups (more…)