Come out to play, paddle or stroll
Tualatin is perfect for all kinds of outdoor fun. The city offers more than 200 acres of beautiful park ways, greenways and open spaces, several of which provide easy access to the Tualatin River. Biking trails, hiking trails and picnic areas line sports fields, play grounds, tennis courts and, of course, the scenic Tualatin River. The Tualatin River is a scenic gem in suburbia, full of wildlife and waterfowl. Known as Oregon’s most user-friendly waterway, the river winds through the community.
For information on how to rent a canoe contact the Tualatin River Keepers at 503-218-2580.
The largest park is Tualatin Community Park, stretching along the banks of the Tualatin River, just north of Boones Ferry Road. Community events, recreation programs and youth activities are scheduled here year-round at the Juanita Pohl Center and the Van Raden Community Center adjacent to the Community Skate Park. Nearby, Kia-a-Kuts Bridge is perfect for biking or walking, connecting Tualatin Community Park with two adjacent public areas–Tigard’s Cook Park and Durham’s City Park–resulting in 250 acres of natural area to explore.
Tualatin Commons Park, surrounding the community lake, provides a central location for the Tualatin Farmers Market, summer concerts and other special events year-round.
Jurgens Park is located along the Tualatin River, named for the family that once farmed that tract of land. Besides water access, it also features sports fields and basketball and tennis courts.
Browns Ferry Park also provides access to the Tualatin River, and for over 30 years, has been the site of Willowbrook, the highly-regarded summer arts day camp for children. During the summer, canoes and kayaks are available for rent here, too.
To the south of town, lies Ibach Park, nationally recognized for its innovative design that features an interactive educational play area for children of all abilities. It reflects Tualatin’s distinct Ice Age, Native American and pioneer history. Interpretive signs throughout the park offer additional information about the cultural and natural history of the area.
Just to the west of the city lies the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, one of only a handful of urban wildlife refuges in the nation. It is a special place to discover an ever-changing panorama of wildlife. Situated within the floodplain of the Tualatin River, the refuge comprises a fraction of the 712-square mile watershed. Yet, due to its richness and diverse habitats, the refuge supports amazingly abundant and varied wildlife. Located on the Pacific Flyway, the Refuge is an important stopover where migrating waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds stop to rest, refuel and raise their young. Teeming with hundreds of species of birds and mammals, as well as fish, amphibians and plant life, the refuge is a natural sanctuary and a perfect place to reflect and recharge.
To minimize disturbance to wildlife, trails are for walking only and pets are not allowed. The refuge is open dawn to dusk, and features a federal interpretative center.