Helping build communities–53rd Avenue Community Park (2010)
Few things make us happier than new park openings
We’re offering a big congratulations to Hillsboro for opening an exciting new park this weekend–53rd Avenue Community Park! This 43-total-acre park, a first of its kind for Hillsboro, was six years in the making and “offers something for everyone,” according to city officials.
In 2008 the city received a $500,000 grant from Oregon State Parks to help develop the first 13 acres. Included in this development are artificial turf multi-sport fields, concessions, restrooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, a plaza area with a water play fountain, a creative children’s play area and parking.
The new sport fields address the city’s growing number of sports teams, including youth and adult league soccer and lacrosse teams. The play area is designed for 5-12-year-olds and features no preset entry or exit points, which challenges kids both mentally and physically. The water fountain has already been a big hit with the community this spring. The fountain cycles water patterns, keeping the flocks of kids guessing what’s next on warm days.
This park certainly does offer something for everyone, and it’s not done yet! Look for the completion of phases 2 and 3 over the next few years, which will include an indoor recreation center, picnic area and another children’s play area.
Oregon State Parks awards thousands of dollars every year to local communities around the state through our Local Government Grant program. This program, funded through Lottery dollars, helps these communities acquire land, build a park or rehab an existing park. Not to brag, but some really great things are happening across the state as a result of these grants. Stay tuned – it’s more likely than not that one of these will be in your community!