The Hillsboro-area park's boat ramp re-opened to public in May, replacing an outdated boat ramp.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Tualatin River is seen as a great river for beginning kayakres and canoers. Tualatin Riverkeepers will offer free kayak rentals during the Aug. 25 celebration.Art will fill Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro later this month, as the city celebrates the opening of the park's new boat launch.

The boat ramp at Rood Bridge Park, 4000 S.E. Rood Bridge Road, re-opened in May after more than a year of construction. The renovated boat launch improves on the original smaller boat ramp, which was too short to reach normal water levels, leaving boaters with a steep, muddy strip of land to cross to get to the water.

The Rood Bridge Park Celebration of Art & Nature will bring plenty of both to the iconic city park on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when members of the Portland Opera will be on hand, sing favorites and taking requests. In addition, painters from Sequoia Gallery + Studios will be painting from nature, and members of the Edwardian Society of Oregon will tour the park in authentic period dress, sketching and picnicking on the park lawns.

Tualatin Riverkeepers, an advocacy group that promotes recreation and stewardship along the Tualatin River, will provide free canoe rides to the public.

"First-time paddlers, families, or experienced canoers are welcome to explore this area of the Tualatin River Water Trail," organizers said in a statement.

Park-lovers are encouraged to take guided nature and bird walks, participate in hands-on art activities at the River House and in picnic shelters throughout the park or explore the park through geocaching. The Washington County Museum will be on hand offering tidbits into the park's history.

The event is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in the park. Food trucks will also be on site.

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