by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Julia Slythe enjoys the new play equipment in the Schlottmann Creek Greenway.Families with children in the Waterhouse area of West Beaverton have a new reason to go out and play now that the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District has installed new playground equipment in the Schlottmann Creek Greenway, near Northwest Foxborough Circle, 158th Avenue, Waterhouse Lake and the Hunters Run apartment complex.

Nestled among trees, the equipment, which replaces an outdated playground set that was installed in 1990, features a colorful apparatus in the shape of a beaver den that can be used for climbing, swinging and sliding.

Other new amenities include a large swing set and durable plastic toys for children to sit on and rock or spin. The playground also offers picnic tables, large, mature shade trees, and Americans With Disabilities Act-approved access to a picnic table, which is also ADA-compliant.

“These new play structures are fun for children and inspire imaginative play,” said Doug Menke, the park district’s general manager. “And because they bring families together through recreation, they improve quality of life for the whole neighborhood.”

The project is the last of 11 separate play equipment upgrades at Beaverton-area parks funded by the $100 million bond measure voters approved in 2008. In addition to the Schlottmann Creek Greenway project, the district replaced playground sets at Arnold, Channing Heights, Harman Swim Center, Lawndale, Lost, Murrayhill, Summercrest, and Terra Linda Parks. In addition, swing sets were replaced at George Otten and Roxbury Parks.