On Saturday, July 28, Party in the Park returns with a dizzying array of activities for those in search of free fun.
The daylong festival, now in its 13th year, is presented by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 S.W. Walker Road, Beaverton.
Party in the Park features a wide variety of family-oriented activities that run primarily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are free except for the Family Triathlon (which starts at 9 a.m.) That event carries a small entry fee to offset expenses.
"Party in the Park is our largest community event of the year and has become a real institution in our area, an event that patrons look forward to every year," said Doug Menke, general manager of the parks district. "It's a great way for families, neighbors and friends to celebrate summer together. They also get a small sampling of the many recreational activities we offer."
Bob Wayt, the communications director for THPRD, said an estimated 11,500 people attended last year. The event has grown almost every year since its inception, he added.
"It's been so well-received that people look forward to it each year. We have families who come year after year," Wayt said. "They go home tired but happy. And we love that."
Returning attractions include a rocket-building station, "Join the Circus," and two theaters offering puppet shows and roaming performers.
These complement a traditional entertainment lineup that includes several giant inflatable toys (Field 5), three climbing walls (Field 4), arts and crafts, and face painting.
The Family Triathlon kicks off the day's activities at 9 a.m. The non-competitive event includes a 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and half-mile run. Participants can preregister at thprd.org.
The event includes a free helmet fitting and replacement station, plus a minor bicycle repair service, both provided by the Northwest Bicycle Safety Council.
The Beaverton Police Department's popular K-9 Unit demonstration is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The athleticism and discipline of these elite dogs always excites the crowd.
On Field 5, along with the inflatables, guests will be able to play bocce, futsal, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4 and cornhole.
Free drop-in tennis will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Stadium Court; equipment will be provided by THPRD. Inside the Athletic Center, drop-in basketball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis will be offered. On the outdoor courts will be basketball and pickleball, along with mini tennis with low-compression balls.
At the Aquatic Center, two sessions of free swimming are planned: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m.
The THPRD Rec Mobile will offer a sampling of games and activities for guests of all ages, and the THPRD Nature Mobile will provide nature and science learning opportunities, activities and games. The park district's Wellness on Wheels van will host group fitness activities for older adults.
A diverse selection of food and beverages will be offered by Saigon Bowl Vietnamese Eatery, Dogs and Fries, Two Wahines Shave Ice, Doug's Kettle Corn, and THPRD's Athletic Center concessionaire.
2018 Party in the Park Activities Schedule
9 a.m. Family Triathlon (swim, bike and run) Start: Aquatic Center
9-10:30 a.m. Northwest Bicycle Safety Council Helmet Station (featuring bike helmet fitting and replacement, bike repair) Aquatic Center
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Inflatable toys and climbing walls Soccer Fields 4 and 5
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rocket build and launch Soccer Field 3
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop-in sports (basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis) Inside Athletic Center
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Outdoor sports (basketball, pickleball and mini tennis) Outside Athletic Center
11 a.m.-4 p.m. F ield games (bocce, futsal, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, cornhole) Soccer Field 5
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Water safety information Aquatic Center
11 a.m.-4 p.m. THPRD Rec Mobile, Nature Mobile
(including arts & crafts and face painting) Soccer Field 4
11 a.m.-4 p.m. THPRD Wellness on Wheels van
(Fitness for older adults) Soccer Field 4
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop-in tennis/games for families Hardin Stadium Court
11 a.m.-4 p.m. iHeart Radio & Toyota Activation Soccer Field 4
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the Circus! (circus skills: hula, juggling, stilts, etc.) Soccer Field 4
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Olde World Puppet Theater Studio Soccer Field 4, roaming
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dragon Theater Puppets Soccer Field 4, roaming
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Food vendors East of Soccer Field 1
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Beaverton Police K-9 Unit demo Soccer Field 1
1-4 p.m. Hillsboro Hops activities with Barley Soccer Field 1
1:30-3:30 p.m. Free open swim Aquatic Center
4-6 p.m. Free open swim Aquatic Center