Category Archives: Tigard

City Recreation Reversing Inactivity Pandemic In Light of Covid-19

Updated: 4/6/2020 by Marc Woodard Now more than ever people are attracted to walkable cities and community recreation facilities to help melt away body fat and get more fit. Although Covid-19 has currently shut down fitness, community and gym facilities, this has not changed the fact, people looking to move, stay active and get more fit are trending toward places that offer a safe environment and public use recreation amenities as top priorities. Cities with (more…)

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 Turns the Tide works together to prevent teenage substance use disorder

We all understand how important teenage alcohol and substance use prevention education programs and resources are to any parent challenged with an addicted child or knows someone with a substance abuse disorder. But did you know that nine out of 10 adults with substance use disorders started using before age 18? In surveys, Tigard High School (THS) 11th graders have self-reported substance use from 2012-17.  The data shows significant teenage substance use with significant increases (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…)

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…)