Category Archives: Tigard

Tigard’s Rail-To-Trail Conversion with COOL Recreation Use Possibilities

Heritage Trail Concept Design: http://www.tigard-or.gov/business/EcDev/HeritageTrail_ConceptDesign.pdf Last month I wrote an article on “Transforming Tigard Heritage Trail to Destination Place.”  To learn more about the trail concept plans… visit the City of Tigard web site.  Link is posted under the image above. This month I’m sharing the evolution of abandoned rail lines like the partially developed Tigard Heritage Trail system running parallel to Tigard Street – and how this is not unique to the City of Tigard. (more…)

Transforming Tigard Heritage Trail to Destination Place

Avid walkers, joggers and bikers are likely familiar with a crescent shaped porous asphalt pathway running parallel with Tigard Street and intersecting at Tiedeman Avenue and Main Street in down town Tigard.  In 2013 city leaders wasted no time to secure the ¾ mile abandoned rail right-of-way with ODOT (Oregon Depart of Trans) through a 99 year intergovernmental lease agreement. Shortly thereafter the city began trail design concepts and receiving feedback through multiple public outreach (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…)

Farmer Markets “Trifecta-Win” for Communities

Updated, 9 April 2018 If you’ve not been to a local farmers market this year, I highly recommend you do so before it ends in October. Come and experience a fun outdoor weekly marketplace where local musicians often play and you sample fresh farmed foods and purchase them at great prices. It is truly a unique place with ample opportunity to learn more about local farmed foods, seasonal harvest, organic gardening and nutrition tips and (more…)

Get your “Swim-On” at the Tigard Swim Center

Tigard Tualatin Aquatics District (TTAD) on Durham Road, Tigard OR The other day I was on a walk and was sidetracked by the playful sound of children’s voices coming from the Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District (TTAD) pool facility located at 8680 SW Durham Rd next to Tigard High School. It’s been years since I used that facility before I graduated from St. Anthony’s Grade School ‘74, and Tigard High Class of ‘78. So I checked (more…)

Paddles Away on the Tualatin River!

Floating Aimlessly – Peace and Tranquility. Updated: 9 April 2018 Imagine an unspoiled wilderness area drifting aimlessly and effortlessly on a lazy river. The wind rustling through a forested landscape and sounds of critters about. Now picture the sun at your back and rays glistening off an oarsman’s water ripple… and with each passing river bend another connection with nature is made. Reminding us, “Rivers are places that renew our spirit, connect us with our (more…)

Walking is a Superior Fat Burning Activity

What many people don’t know is during low-intensity aerobic exercise like walking the muscles prefer to burn fat fuel. That’s right the metabolic energy needed to walk prefers stored body fat to move the large muscles in the legs and buttocks. But those same muscles used during high-intensity aerobics exercise like running, sprinting or high intensity aerobic dance or boot camp training prefer mostly blood glucose [sugar] and stored liver and muscle glycogen fuel from carbohydrate conversion. When intense (more…)

City Recreation Reversing Inactivity Pandemic

“communities are trending in support of more city recreation facilities, services and programs.” Now more than ever people are attracted to walkable cities and community recreation facilities to help melt away unforgiving body fat and get more fit. Parents want these fit healthy opportunities and resources for their children as seen in recent city services surveys and studies.  Local and National statistics show there is good reason communities are trending in this direction. The National Center for (more…)