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Public Works Update

Updated: 8/30/18
Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works.  Please feel free to contact Heather Coston,community engagement coordinator, with any questions.

Hey Tigard - Let's Talk 
Whether you grew up here or moved here last year, Tigard is a destination for people wanting to live, work and play in a city where they can connect with nature and each other.To protect our quality of life and reach our vision to become the most walkable, vibrant community in the Pacific Northwest, important choices need to be made about how we connect to the region, plan for growth, embrace our diversity and preserve our urban playground.

We can’t make these decisions without you. That’s why the city has launched an exciting, online engagement tool to make it easier for you to have a voice in how we grow from here. 

Visit www.engage.tigard-or.gov to sign up and answer questions about:

  • How the city should prioritize funds for the Parks and Recreation Program,
  • What type of housing options you want to see in the city, and
  • Share your cultural story for a chance to be included in Tigard’s Outdoor Museum.

Fun video to learn more about the city’s slurry seal project 
The major summer paving and slurry seal projects have been completed. Tigard’s Streets Crew resurfaced 22 miles of streets – about 15 percent of Tigard’s street network. Watch this fun video to learn more about how the slurry seal process keeps the city’s streets safe and saves residents money.  

Disasters Happen: Prepare Now, Learn How
September is National Preparedness Month, and the city wants to help residents stay safe in an emergency by being prepared. Watch for weekly updates about things you can do to plan for the unexpected and protect your family and community. For more information visit, www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/emergency

Replacement hydro-vacuum truck will help keep drinking water safe and sewage moving
To help the city’s water department keep pipes clean and free of debris, the Tigard City Council approved the purchase of a combination hydro-vacuum truck to replace an older model. 

This is an important piece of equipment for the water department because it uses high-pressure water jetting to scour pipes clean and vacuums up the material causing blockages in the city’s sewer flow.

The hydro-vacuum is also used to remove materials washed over the city’s streets when it rains, and into catch basins. This helps protect Tigard’s water quality and fish habitat from oil, bacteria and sediment that cause pollution.

The new hydro-vacuum truck is necessary because the current truck has aged and is no longer reliable to keep the streets and water safe during heavy storms and winter conditions. The decision to purchase the truck was primarily based on the need to keep the community’s drinking water safe and sewer system performing. But a priority for the city is to spend public funds wisely. This investment replaces an older model that is costing almost more than it is worth to repair.

The older truck will be retired to light-duty activities like hydro-excavation projects. To learn more about how the city is keeps your drinking water clean and safe visit, http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/water.php.

Kudos for bike lanes on Greenburg Road    
Kudos to Mike McCarthy, senior project engineer, for helping make Tigard’s streets safe for cars and bike commuters. “Many thanks to the addition of the bike lanes on Greenburg after the repaving project. I ride this most days of the week and it is much safer. My helmets off to the ones responsible. THANK YOU ALL!”

June 28, 2018

Pop Up in the Park Kicks off July 4
Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month with Tigard Parks & Rec. Get ready to play outside with various sports, games and crafts. Let us take care of the fun! Pop Ups are FREE and take place on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Tuesday, Tigard City Council approved a Park and Recreation Month proclamation. This year, the National Recreation and Park Association challenges folks across the nation to “explore the ‘undiscovered’ roles of local parks and recreation, like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming; senior programs; innovative health and wellness opportunities; community celebrations; outdoor education; flood mitigation; maintenance; and more!”  

“Last year we had water balloon toss, a bubble machine, arts and crafts, board games, soccer, and a few of our camp partners joined us. We hope to run a similar program this summer,” describes Anthony Markey, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Tigard. “Long winter months can be tough on families, and parents especially,” Markey says. “This is an opportunity to explore some of the great parks in Tigard, give children a place to get outside to enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise in a fun environment.”PopUP-in-the-Park

See Share Smile in Cook Park
New signs in Cook Park encourage bicyclists and pedestrians to be on the lookout for each other on this shared path. After receiving complaints from trail users, parks staff installed the signs as a reminder to share the path when needed.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy offers great tips on trail etiquette with a fun video series detailing the six golden rules for trails:

  • Use safe speeds.
  • Keep right, pass left.
  • Standing still? Stand aside.
  • Mind your Pets.
  • Be alert.
  • Know and follow the rules.

Visit https://www.railstotrails.org/experience-trails/share-the-trail/ for more information.

Fanno Creek Remeander
The City of Tigard is partnering with Clean Water Services to restore Fanno Creek along two city-owned properties in Downtown Tigard. The work began on June 4 and is expected to be complete by end of August. The project is planned to reduce erosion, increase water quality, allow better flood passage, and create a safety corridor for pedestrians. 

Fanno Creek Trail will be closed in Fanno Creek Park starting July 10, 2018. The trail from Main Street to Ash Street is expected to remain closed for six weeks.

For more information: http://www.tigard-or.gov/fanno_creek_remeander.php

Fanno Creek Remeander: Under construction

Movies in the Park Contest
Tigard Parks & Rec will be kicking off the four-part Movies in the Park series on July 21! What’s your favorite movie of the series? Enter our fun “movie poster pic” contest by taking a picture of you or a friend pointing to your favorite movie on the series posters, located in Cook Park and Summerlake Park. Contest winners will receive a gift basket with a DVD, candy, popcorn, and other surprises! Send us your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share with the hashtag #tigardmovies

 

JULY 12, 2018

Plenty of Fun at Pop Up in the Park on Wednesday
Hula hoops, bubbles, water balloons, and more! Tigard Parks & Rec rolled out the red carpet for participants at Cook Park on Wednesday. Hosted activities included a photo scavenger hunt, water balloon toss and hula hoop competition. Kids enjoyed water play, a Soccer Shots demonstration, crafts and games like chess and checkers. Pop Up in the Park celebrates National Park and Recreation Month and continues next Wednesday at Woodard Park. For more information visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation

Popup in the Park

Summer Paving this Week: Night Work on Greenburg Road
S-2 Contractors worked to pave portions of Greenburg Road and Tiedeman Avenue starting on Monday. Next week they will be paving Greenburg Road from Tiedeman Avenue to Pacific Highway during the day – expect delays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pavement overlays on busy streets and on roads with severe cracks and potholes restore the road to good pavement condition.

Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc. will be slurry sealing many streets in northern Tigard in late July and Early August. A slurry seal is a liquid mixture of thick oil, sand, and other additives applied to the surface of a roadway to extend its life by restoring the asphalt binder near the pavement surface.

Each year city staff work to plan the program, and as part of doing so send out thousands of notices to city residents. For more information, and to view an interactive map of the paving locations visit http://www.tigard-or.gov/paving_faqs/
Night paving with Mike McCarthy

Finishing Touches at Bull Mountain ParkChainsaw Art at Bull Mountain Park
The Friends of Bull Mountain Park celebrated with donors on Wednesday night final finishing touches to the park. James Lukinich, professional chainsaw carver, is currently working in the park on original artwork on behalf of the Friends. The carvings will be placed near the nature play area. All of the logs used in this project are from trees removed as part of the Walnut Street reconstruction.

Fanno Creek Trail Closes as Part of Remeander Project
On Tuesday, portions of the Fanno Creek Trail in Fanno Creek Park closed to allow for continued construction on the Fanno Creek Remeander project. The city is partnering with Clean Water Services to restore Fanno Creek along two city-owned properties in Downtown Tigard.

The trail will be closed for re-construction and to replace the Ash Avenue pedestrian bridge.  Here's what you can expect:

  • The trail will be closed from July 10 through the end of August.
  • The detour route will be along Burnham Street
  • Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Construction noise during work hours.
  • Dump and log trucks hauling material to and from the site during work hours.

Fanno Creek Remeander: Under construction

 

August 2, 2018

Back-to-the-Future - Cook ParkMovies in the Park:
Great Scott! “Back to the Future” 
Cook Park | Friday, August 3

Come to Cook Park on Friday, Aug. 3 to watch “Back to the Future,” a time-traveling, comedy adventure. Come early to hang out with Tigard Parks & Rec to play games for added fun. Movies are FREE and start at dusk. Remember to bring blankets, lawn chairs, flashlights and friends! Thank you to our sponsor SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin. For more information visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation.


New nature play and community space coming soon to Dirksen Nature Park
Construction is scheduled to begin next week on new and exciting features at Dirksen Nature Park. A stone and timber framed shelter with undercover picnicking and restrooms will be located between two new nature play areas. This will serve as the central hub for the nature park, and connect to the Fanno Creek Trail. The trail will be closed during the project. Trail users will detour on soft-surface trail through the park during construction.

The nature play areas will include timber structures and climbing features for children of all ages to enjoy. The trail will be closed from August to October. Learn more about the park improvements


Kudos from the public on paving results
Paving comment from Tigard citizenSummer is the best time of year for paving roads, and people of all ages appreciate the smooth, fresh surface on Tigard’s streets. “Our kids will enjoy biking and skating down the road” praises local resident, Aaron Geist. 

City staff develop a paving program every year and send notices to thousands of residents. For more information, and to view an interactive map of the paving locations visit http://www.tigard-or.gov/paving_faqs/ 

 

Contact
Tigard Public Works
8777 SW Burnham St.
Tigard, OR 97223
503-718-2591

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

After-Hours Emergency
To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554.
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