Parks & Rec Turns One

Tigard Movies in the Park
Tigard Movies in the Park
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Exciting things are on the horizon for Tigard’s Parks & Recreation program. We asked Parks & Rec staff what they are most excited about in 2017.

Here are the top 5 reasons to be excited about Parks & Rec in 2017:

1.  Movies in the park!
Our summer movie series starts in August and includes movies voted on by residents. An official schedule will be released in March, but rumor has it that a certain movie about a forgetful fish got the most votes.

2.  New camps and classes.
Recreation staff is very excited to work with partners like Mad Science, SkyHawks, Young Rembrandts, Soccer Shots, and Coding with Kids.

3.  Community Events.
Starting with the Egg Hunt on April 15, Parks & Rec has a steady lineup of fun events coming to your neighborhood. To celebrate National Recreation Month pop up events will be planned in city parks; Family Fest is scheduled to return to Downtown in September.

4.  A new afterschool program at Metzger Elementary.
Students will be spending 4-6 weeks learning about activities like soccer and cooking.

5.  The Parks & Rec Facebook group.
We have a new way to communicate with the community about upcoming programs and activities. Join the group to share what you’d like to see as part of the summer activity guide.

When pressed, only one staff member was able to give just one thing they are MOST excited about. “I am most excited about the launch of our scholarship program, which will provide financial assistance to residents who would like to participate in classes and events but can’t always afford it,” said Lexi Hallum, Recreation Specialist. “Everyone should have the opportunity to feel connected to their neighbors and friends.”

What is your reason? Tweet or Facebook the city @TigardOR

Spring marks the start of the second year of a five-year implementation plan to bring recreation to the City of Tigard. As Tigard grew to be the 12th largest city in Oregon, it also became one of the largest without a public recreation program. The city’s Public Works Department is proud to offer quality parks and recreational programs for everyone in Tigard. Learn more at 

Marissa Grass lives in Tigard and works for the city. Part of her role is to connect people to the exciting things happening in the Public Works Department. Learn more about Public Works at She can be reached at

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