Tualatin Hills Park Foundation, in partnership with THPRD, launched the Access For All initiative in 2014 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 reaches halfway mark in $200,000 campaign for Program Fund Serving People Experiencing Disabilities
On the heels of a successful capital campaign to build Mountain View Champions Park, the Park Foundation turned its attention in 2018 toward raising program funds for THPRD and collaborating organizations serving people with disabilities. Program funds are used at THPRD to host new and expanded recreational opportunities for people of all abilities. Currently in the second year of a three-year pilot phase to determine how the collaboration among nonprofit organizations, service-providing agencies and THRPD can best work to increase the availability of recreational programs for people with disabilities, the results are extremely promising. Fundraising is similarly optimistic in that THPF has now reached beyond the halfway mark in $200,000 goal to fund these programs.
The coalition of collaborating organizations includes:
The Spring Celebration was created through the Autism Society of Oregon's partnership with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. The event takes place in early spring at Mountain View Champions Park. In 2019 over 900 people registered for the event. The main event is the silent egg hunt, which provides the opportunity for individuals on the spectrum to collect eggs without excessive noise or stimulation. Family members are encouraged to participate in the free for all event, allowing those attending in support of a sibling an opportunity to search for eggs. The Spring Celebration also includes face painting, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, designated quiet areas, concessions and photos with the bunny.
Among a growing number of programs and events funded in part by the Park Foundation is the All Ability Tri4Youth, hosted annually by FACT Oregon and THPRD. Click here for more information.
The Park Foundation, as part of its Access for All initiative, recently completed its first capital campaign of $1.5 million to build and program features at Mountain View Champions Park in Aloha.
The park provides new and expanded recreational opportunities for people experiencing disability. Among many accessible features of the park, the Champions Too Field is the first inclusive multi-sport field in the state of Oregon. A 6,500 square foot all abilities play area is situated near the field. Learn more about Mountain View Champions Park here: >>News release
OPB's Think Out Load program: a discussion about how Mountain View Champions Park has redefined play for a Beaverton family experiencing disability. >>Listen
Click here to read the National Recreation and Park Association magazine article, Collaboration: The Key to Development of Oregon's Mountain View Champions Park.
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