Signature summer festival returns with action-packed day of activities

by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Get ready for fun, games and giant inflatables at the ninth annual Party in the Park on Saturday, July 26, at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex in Beaverton.Summer is the perfect time for people to come together for a good time.

And the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is setting the scene for what has become its largest community event of the year — Party in the Park.

Founded in 2006, the free family festival is quickly becoming a summer tradition for many, drawing more than 8,000 people of all ages with its action-packed day of activities at the sprawling Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 S.W. Walker Road, in Beaverton.

The ninth annual extravaganza returns Saturday, July 26, and organizers say guests are in for a treat.

"Party in the Park is an active event that enables our residents to enjoy healthy, fun and free activities while connecting with their community," said THPRD General Manager Doug Menke. "It's a celebration of summer and our contribution to the high quality of life residents enjoy in the Beaverton area."

It's also a way for the park district to thank the community for its ongoing support while providing those new to the area with a chance to check out the array of activities, facilities and programs THPRD has to offer at the 92-acre complex, added Bob Wayt, the park district's communications director.

Most of the day's activities will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the Beaverton International Celebration, now in its fourth year. Other attractions include crowd favorites such as the Beaverton Police K-9 Unit demonstration, giant inflatables, climbing walls, arts and crafts, and face painting as well as swimming, sports, a tennis clinic, Radio Disney entertainment, and the THPRD Rec Mobile and Nature Mobile.

The Rec Mobile will host supervised athletic, artistic and educational programs all day. THPRD's mobile classroom, the Nature Mobile, will provide nature and science learning opportunities, along with fun activities and games.

Party in the Park also features special events, including a Family Triathlon and the The Classic at T-Hills, showcasing lovingly restored or preserved cars and trucks of decades past.

Free drop-in sports activities are also scheduled inside the Athletic Center throughout the day — guests can play basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball and table tennis. Free swimming will be available at the Aquatic Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from several local vendors.

"It's really rewarding for us to see people being active and having fun," Wayt said. "Party in the Park is our way of giving something back, and to see the community get such enjoyment out of this event is a true pleasure. We really hope to build on the successes of past events and become a tradition people look forward to year after year."by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Avery Gaunt, 10, pets K-9 OfficerBarak as Officer Mike Bewersdorff signs autographs following the popular Beaverton Police Department K-9 Unit demonstration. The K-9 Unit will delight the crowd again on July 26 during the ninth annual Party in the Park.