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Parks & Rec asks what types of amenities residents would like on 10-20 acres of land

COURTESY PHOTO: TUALATIN PARKS & RECREATION - Tualatin is asking residents what they would like to see happen with future park land in the Basalt Creek area. Tualatin Parks & Recreation wants to hear from the public on what they would like to see when it comes to constructing greenways, natural parks and trail connections in the future Basalt Creek development.

At issue is what to do with 10 to 20 acres of park space planned for the area.

"We know we want parks in Basalt Creek," said Ross Hoover, Tualatin Parks & Recreation director. "We know there'll be future residents. We know there'll be future businesses. We know people will need open space and natural areas and trails."

Southwest Basalt Creek Parkway splits the future Basalt Creek development into two sections. Wilsonville plans to eventually annex land to the south of the roadway. Tualatin will take in 194 buildable acres to the north.

The Tualatin portion of the area is expected to accommodate 575 new households and generate as many as 1,897 new jobs.

To compare what 10 to 20 acres of park land looks like, consider that Ibach Park encompasses about 20 acres, while Tualatin Community Park sits on about 27 acres of land.

"People love their parks in Tualatin. … We're hearing that, and we're hearing a broad array of desires and dreams and visions for what could be in Basalt Creek in the future, anything from athletic field to playgrounds, to natural areas, to preservation to trails," said Hoover. "You name it — you take the spectrum of potential park amenities — and that's what we've heard."

Rich Mueller, Tualatin's parks planning and development manager, said in all, the city government ended up convening 14 meetings and focus groups to receive input on Basalt Creek park plans. Tualatin officials have also conducted two surveys.

In total, 400 people have been engaged in the process, including Tualatin youths, property-owners and other residents. One focus group included some 25 residents of the Basalt Creek area, which is now mostly rural as it awaits development.

Mueller said plans are underway to have community members review a draft plan of the park land in Basalt Creek and fill out another survey, set to begin Nov. 12 and continue through Dec. 3.

Residents can still share their thoughts by going to the Tualatin Parks & Recreation website and clicking on the "Tualatin Basalt Creek Parks & Recreation Plan" icon.

Hoover said a consultant identified potential park spaces in the Basalt Creek area, which contains a variety of different topographical elements, including some slopes with more than a 10% grade. The area's namesake, Basalt Creek, runs through the area as well. "It's really varied, and so you can see there's these big flat areas and … rolling hills, and then as you get into the creek, steeper slopes," said Hoover.

The final plan for the area is expected to be presented to the Tualatin City Council in January.

"It's fantastic to see people get engaged in that and participate in that process, because that's what this is all about," said Hoover. "We are creating the avenue for people to plug in and have a real say in what they want."

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