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Give feedback on the new neighborhood park at Crowell Woods

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District has been working with the community to develop ideas for a new 7.4-acre neighborhood park in Aloha, and we want your feedback on the proposed Master Plan.

Commenting is now closed, but you can submit feedback on the project website.

Project Information

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1

About the site

Learn about the site location, existing features and constraints. 
2

What we heard from you

What we've heard from the public about what the new park should offer. 
3

The new park

Learn how we turned public feedback into a concept for a new park, and give us your feedback on the proposed Master Plan. 
4

Next steps

Find out what happens next, and how to stay involved. 

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About the site

This new park will be located within a mixed-density residential neighborhood in the Aloha area of Washington County. The site is composed of three properties located west of SW 170th Ave and north of SW Merlo Rd. The properties form a forested buffer around a small creek that flows through the neighborhood from the northeast to the southeast.

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  • Existing Site Aerial

    Existing Site Aerial

  • Vicinity Map

    Vicinity Map

  • Site Inventory

    Site Inventory

Three unique parcels...

Parcel A

Parcel A is located to the southwest of the Crowell Woods Natural area. As with Crowell Woods, future amenities on this property will be limited by the presence of existing trees and required setbacks from the creek.

Crowell Woods Natural Area

The Crowell Woods Natural Area is a small, undeveloped parcel that connects Parcel A and Parcel B. It is accessed via a footpath and bridge off of SW Beaver Court. Future amenities on this property will be limited by required setbacks from the creek.

Parcel B

Parcel B is located in the northeast corner of the planning area. This is the largest of the three properties and will be best suited to any "active" park amenities such as play and picnic areas, though it may also be used as a natural area. This property currently includes a private residence and is not open to public access at this time.

What we heard from you

Community input has been an essential part of the planning and design process. THPRD has worked closely with neighbors and the broader parks community to ensure that the design and proposed uses within the new park will consider the needs and concerns of local residents, while respecting the nature of the site.

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"A safe community gathering place in a natural setting."

The vision and goals that guided the master plan design emerged from conversations with neighbors and the local community about how the new park can enhance the neighborhood what they wanted to see as park amenities

An Interest in Retaining the Area’s Natural Setting:

  • Design activities and amenities to leverage and protect the natural setting of the park.
  • Provide environmental information to educate park users of all ages.

The Expectation of an Inclusive Gathering place:

  • Create gathering places – open space, picnic tables and covered areas.
  • Foster family oriented and multigenerational activities such as play amenities that encourage diverse use.

The Desire for a Safe, Clean Park


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The new park

THPRD has hosted community conversations, surveys and design workshops. We've listened, and we have developed a draft master plan that we believe meets the needs of this diverse neighborhood.

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  • Draft Master Plan

    Draft Master Plan

  • Northeast detail (Parcel B)

    Northeast detail (Parcel B)

    Community gardens (6) and edible landscape planting area with fruiting shrubs and berries; a council ring style neighborhood gathering area (11) with natural seating.
  • Community garden (6)

    Community garden (6)

    (Sample photo is provided for reference only. The final design may not match the given example.)
  • Gathering circle (11)

    Gathering circle (11)

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  • Southeast detail (Parcel B)

    Southeast detail (Parcel B)

    Steed Creek (1); wetlands (2); vegetated corridor (3); soft-surface path (4); paved path (5); open lawn (7); Nature play area (8); picnic shelter (9); maintenance drive (10); creek access (13); bridge and overlook (14).
  • Nature play area (8)

    Nature play area (8)

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  • Traditional play area (8)

    Traditional play area (8)

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  • Shelter (9)

    Shelter (9)

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  • Boardwalk and viewing platform (14)

    Boardwalk and viewing platform (14)

    (Sample photo is provided for reference only. The final design may not match the given example.)
  • Southwest detail (Parcel A and Crowell Woods)

    Southwest detail (Parcel A and Crowell Woods)

    Steed Creek (1); wetlands (2); vegetated corridor (3); soft-surface path (4); boardwalk (15).

Features

  • Pathways - 6' wide paved pathways5 and 4' soft surface pathways4 in natural areas.
  • Gardens6- Community gardens and edible landscape planting area with fruiting shrubs and berries. 19 trees will need to be removed from this area to provide adequate sun for the gardens.
  • Open Lawn7 - The existing house and 16 trees will be removed to create an open lawn park area.
  • Play Area8 - A hybrid traditional and nature play area.
  • Picnic Shelter9 - The shelter structure would provide weather protection for 2 picnic tables.
  • Gathering Space11 - A neighborhood gathering area with natural seating.
  • Bridge14 and Boardwalk15 - The bridge would include a wetland overlook and a non-slip boardwalk with railings would minimize wetland impacts.

Questions

Does this design meet the goal of retaining the area’s natural setting?

  • Design activities and amenities to leverage and protect the natural setting of the park.
  • Provide environmental information to educate park users of all ages.
(Check one.)

Does this design meet the goal of creating a welcoming, inclusive gathering place?

  • Create gathering places – open space, picnic tables and covered areas.
  • Foster family oriented and multi-generational activities such as play amenities that encourage diverse use.
(Check one.)
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Next steps

Thanks for your interest! Please answer the final questions below and submit your feedback.

Commenting is now closed, but you can submit feedback on the project website.

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Project timeline

Stage 1: Needs Assessment (Nov. - Dec. 2016)

  • Community Conversations
  • Public Needs and Aspirations Survey

Stage 2: Park Concepts (Jan. - Feb. 2017)

  • Community Workshops and Online Feedback

Stage 3: Master Plan (Spring 2017)

  • Development
  • Public feedbackWE ARE HERE
  • Submit for Board approval

Construction of the park is expected to begin in spring 2019; the park is expected to open to the public in fall 2019.

Contact information

Steve Gulgren, Lead Planner
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
503-629-6305

Nicole Paulsen, Design & Development Coordinator
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
503-614-4002

Learn more about the project and upcoming events at: www.thprd.org/parksinprogress/crowellwoods/

Participants at a design workshop.

Final Questions

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements:

"THPRD has made it easy to provide our input during this project." (Check one.)
"THPRD has provided updates to keep me informed about this project." (Check one.)
"THPRD has listened to my input in the development of the master plan." (Check one.)
"THPRD has developed a master plan that is well-suited to the needs of our neighborhood." (Check one.)
Have you participated in any of the previous public involvement efforts for this project? (Check all that apply.)

Tell us about yourself

How far away do you live from the new park? (Check one.)
Does your home have a yard or shared greenspace? (Check one.)

Mailing List

Provide the following information if you would like to be added to the interested parties list. (Optional.)

Demographics

The following questions help us know if we are reaching a representative cross-section of the community. They are completely optional.

What is your gender? (Check one.)
What is your age? (Check one.)
Do you have children under age 18 in your home? (Check one.)
Hispanic Origin — Please answer both questions about origin and race. (Check one.)

No matter what you have selected above, please continue to answer the following by marking one or more boxes to indicate what you consider your race to be.

Race: (Check all that apply.)
Do you identify as an immigrant or refugee? (Check one.)
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