Category Archives: 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…)

The Elusive Northwest Spotted Owl in Tigard

It never seizes to amaze me what thrives within Tigard OR, wooded trail systems. During a rare moment in time my wife Beth and I were walking our dogs on the genesis path that runs parallel to Fonner Street when we heard the distinct hooty-hoot of an owl. At that moment our Irish setter Molly stopped in perfect pointer stance with head drawn upward. We followed in suit and what we saw next was amazing. (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…)

Boot Up Properly To Walk Anywhere

I’m often asked why I Boot Up to walk easily accessible sidewalks, parkway and greenway paved trail systems. 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 Tigard, OR City boundaries. You can find these remote trail systems within and around Dirksen Nature Park, Bull Mountain Park, and Cook, Cache and Sunrise Parks and sections of Genesis loop. Also (more…)

Natures Best-In-Class Stair Master on Bull Mountain

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 found nature’s Best-In-Class Stair Master. Not only (more…)