Albert Musick, an attorney for Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD), established Tualatin Hills Park Foundation in 1958 as a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that THPRD would become a permanent legacy for future generations.
The first trustees were Elsie J. Stuhr (founder of THPRD), Virginia Robinson, and James Sare.
Since its inception, THPF has supported THPRD programs by taking the lead on projects that require funding beyond what the Park District can accomplish with tax revenue and user fees.
The Foundation has a proud legacy of supporting programs that allow all people - regardless of age, abilities, income, etc. - better access to THPRD's outstanding parks, facilities and programs.
THPF raised capital to support the inclusive playground at Camp Rivendale, a summer day camp providing recreational opportunities for children and/or young adults who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. Since 1984, more than 10,000 children and adults have enjoyed the joy of camp at Camp Rivendale.
In 2014, the Foundation, in partnership with THPRD, launched the Access For All Initiative to support a future that allows people of all backgrounds and abilities access to the social, emotional and physical benefits of the facilities and programs of the park district.
THPF in 2017 completed a $1.5 million capital campaign and partnered with THPRD to construct the 21.5 acre Mountain View Champions Park. This sports park is unique in the region and designed to serve people of all abilities (see Projects page). THPF raises funding in support of new and expanded programming at THPRD for people experiencing disabilities. It has taken an active role in supporting THPRD's program of financial assistance for individuals and families in low-income situations who could not otherwise afford to participate in recreation.
The Foundation Board of Trustees hired an Executive Director in 2019 to expand the scope and reach of the Access for All Initiative.