Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Drive Carefully -Heavy rain may affect roads

Heavy rains Friday and Saturday could mean problems traveling in NW Oregon

Road surfaces get slick and traveling gets tricky when rain first falls after a long dry spell

With the weekend forecast predicting heavy rains in Northwest Oregon, travelers need to be prepared for difficult conditions. Oil and grease don’t wash away during the dry season; they come to the surface when the next rain comes, which can make roads unexpectedly slick and treacherous.

“Hazards created by snow and ice are obvious but the travel hazards that come with the first rain after a long dry spell can catch you by surprise,” said Rian Windsheimer, ODOT Region Manager for the Portland area. “Roads will be slick, especially in the first few hours. Drivers and bicyclists, please slow down, give yourself extra stopping distance and please be aware of the possibly slick conditions.”

Be aware of conditions

Rain can create dangerous travel conditions with reduced visibility, reduced traction between tires and the road and less predictable handling for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. When it’s raining, be cautious and give yourself more time to get where you’re going. Also remember to:

  • Slow down. Driving through water at high speed can cause you to lose control. Lowering your speed helps you avoid sudden stops caused by disabled cars, debris and other hazards.
  • Expect road surfaces to be slick. The first few hours of rain can be the most dangerous.
  • Turn on your headlights to improve visibility. Disengage your cruise control.
  • Keep your distance. A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads.
  • Motorists and bicyclists must watch for each other: Cars won't stop as quickly and bicycles may be harder to see. Give riders room!

Watch for hydroplaning conditions

Hydroplaning occurs when your front tires surf on a film of water. It can occur at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, especially if tires are worn. If you hydroplane, ease off the gas, gently apply the brakes and steer straight ahead.

Know before you go
For updated information on highway work and current travel information throughout Oregon, visit or call the Oregon road report at 511 or 1-800-977-6368.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Representative Suzanne Bonamici Town Hall

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is hosting a series of town halls before the end of this summer – the closest one to Tigard takes place at the Tualatin High School Library on Saturday, August 29th from 1:30-2:30pm.  The address is 22300 SW Boones Ferry Road Tualatin, OR 97062.

Tour de Parks

The Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition and the Tigard Ped/Bike Advisory Committee, with a grant from the City of Tigard and in partnership with the Tigard Downtown Alliance, present the Tour de Parks in Tigard On September 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   This year’s event happens just before the Tigard Street Fair. There’s also a Tigard Walks walking event at 10 a.m. that starts at the TriMet Park and Ride lot.  Now you can ride (or walk) in the morning, and en joy food, music, booths, and fun activities the rest of the day, and since there will be an attended bike parking corral, you can leave your bike and know it is safe (bring your own lock).

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 12 for three free, family fun events!

2015 Tigard Tour de Parks
·       Registration and start:  Parking lot on corner of Burnham and Hall, next to the Skate Park.
·       Registration opens: 9am
·       Tiny Tots Ride: 9:30-10am
·       Tour de Parks- 10am- noon
·       Free Bike parking available at finish line, 11am-5:15pm

NOTE: Roads will not be closed for this event. Also, children 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride. Registration for all rides opens at 9:00 AM.

Don't own a bike? Join Tigard Walks at 10 a.m. at the TriMet Park n' Ride lot entrance to traverse a route around downtown and finish up in time to enjoy the street fair opening at 11 a.m.

The Tigard Street Fair will run from 11am-5pm on Main Street in Tigard. There will be food, music, a beer garden, and fun things for the kids (and the parents!).

TDP volunteers needed! Click here for volunteer information.

For more information about the Tour de Parks, or to volunteer, visit

Free Music in the Park - Thursday, Aug. 27

The Friends of Bull Mountain Park is having another free “Picnic in the Park” on Thursday, August 27 from 6-8 p.m. Bring your chair and your picnic and even some friends to come meet the neighbors and enjoy the band called “Two Minds”.  Come see what our community has done for this park!

Park on Woodshire Lane (as this is a neighborhood park with no parking) at 13178 SW Woodshire Lane, Tigard 97223.  On your way up the hill, take a look at the community garden too.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tigard Residents get a freebie from the Washington Co. Museum

October is Tigard Month at the Washington County Museum

The Washington County Museum (WCM) is reaching out to city residents to ignite the imagination and bring to life the diverse cultures that richly define this remarkable region.

If you’ve never visited the museum, here’s a perfect opportunity to go!  Tigard will be celebrated and featured in October.  There are several opportunities for Tigard residents with identification:
·       FREE ADMISSION to the WCM on Saturday, October 17, 2015
·       ½ - OFF ADMISSION to WCM throughout the month of October 2015
·       Tigard artifacts on special display in WCM throughout October
·       Special online display of historic Tigard images
·       FREE and discounted outreach programs during October for Tigard groups, such as senior centers, service clubs and other community organizations.

If you have questions or comments, contact Mark Harmon, Executive Director of the Washington County Museum at 503.645.5353.

The museum is located in downtown Hillsboro on the second floor of the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Building (120 East Main Street).  Learn more at

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Enjoy a Sunday walk and a Movie!

Tigard Walks!
Sunday, August 9 | Noon!  12 p.m. | Meet at the Tigard Library | All ages

Check out a map of the walk here:

After the walk, stay for the library’s

Family Matinee:
The Boxtrolls
Sunday, August 9 | 2–4 p.m. | Burgess Community Room | All ages
Join us for a screening of Laika’s latest hit about a boy raised by misunderstood underground dwellers. Enjoy snacks and make your own mischievous creature. Want more fun? Snap pictures of your Boxtroll’s adventures around Tigard, then post on Facebook or Twitter for everyone to enjoy.  Join Tigard Walks prior to the movie!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

More about the Hunziker Industrial Core

Tigard just received a strong boost its economic development efforts with support from the State Legislature and Rep. Margaret Dougherty. We were notified late Monday that our request to the State of Oregon for $1.5 million in infrastructure funding was added to the state’s capital project bonding authority list.

This is the first time the City of Tigard has sought state support for an economic development project. This year, lawmakers sifted through $400 million in funding requests, and ended up funding just $180 million in capital projects.  The $1.5 million of state funding committed to Tigard will help cover part of the cost of $5.5 million in new infrastructure in the Hunziker Industrial Corridor. This is an underdeveloped part of the city’s employment lands currently home to about 90 firms on 138 acres of industrial property.

Through our economic development program, the City of Tigard is investing in infrastructure to support private sector investment, business growth and job creation. Details provided in the attached press release. Please give me a call if you have any questions.

 Lloyd Purdy, Economic Development Manager, 503.718.2442