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Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District partners with AmeriCorps during one month project.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THPRD - Back: Kelsey Johnson-Moore, Antonio Joiners, Margot King, Anthony Trotter, Emily Alcott, Jake Jarecki, Emma Gilby, Aygul (Goo) Brown, Jessie Smith (Team Leader). Front: Roger Whitaker (THPRD), Scott Wagner (THPRD), Greg Creager (THPRD), Crystal Durbecq (THPRD), Maddigan Stavenger and Josie DePauw (NCCC). Team Green Four, a group of 11 young adults serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, partnered with the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District for a month-long effort to maintain the Beaverton area's park and recreational facilities.

Until July 11, AmeriCorps worked alongside THPRD to support its mission to provide high-quality parks and recreation facilities, programs, services and natural areas that meet the needs of the diverse communities it serves.

On June 13, Team Green Four became the first AmeriCorps team to be sponsored by THPRD.

"A partnership of this nature provides benefits for everyone involved," Jon Campbell, THPRD's superintendent of Maintenance Operations, said. "We appreciate the hard work that these hard-working, service-oriented young adults are providing for Beaverton residents. We believe we are demonstrating a strong example of how to serve the public's needs and providing experience and leadership that will serve these kids well in their next pursuit," Campbell added.

Team Green Four worked a Monday through Friday work week alongside THPRD maintenance crews to help them more efficiently tackle a number of projects, including compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, recreation center paint enhancement, boardwalk support installation, erosion and irrigation control, trail function and maintenance, invasive species removal, park sign installation, and disabled population area improvement.

"(This partnership) means contributing to a deserving community that serves the public well," said Jake Jarecki, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member from Connecticut.

By the end of its stay, the AmeriCorps team completed work at nine work site projects within THPRD's 50-square-mile service area. The daily projects are designed to improve park quality and increase recreational opportunities for Beaverton residents. Additionally, the AmeriCorps team is improving the function of the area's natural resources.

"I've enjoyed all the projects that we've done and I've learned a lot from the workers," Jarecki said.

Maddigan Stavenger, an AmeriCorps team member from Pittsburgh, Penn., Agreed. "I've learned their community outreach systems and I like how they reach out," Stavenger said.

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