Focus on nature top priority for Library Backyard project
Tigard residents would like a future planned park in the back of the Tigard Public Library to focus on nature.
Those are the results of a survey conducted by Tigard officials late last summer.
Given a choice of several different options, the 800 survey-takers chose a plan that would include a nature play area, outdoor classroom, and a trail near the stormwater treatment facility on a Â¾-acre piece of city property.
"The library backyard project is part of a broader effort, the Fanno Creek Trail amenities project, which is looking at ways to enhance the Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard," said Marissa Grass, community engagement program coordinator for the Tigard Public Works Department. "Part of this effort was to identify key place-making locations along the trail."
The Tigard Public Library and Tigard Public Works Department worked with a consultant to come up with a variety of options that were reviewed by the community on that online survey, Grass said.
Proposed features of a playground area would include an explorer trail with a bridge crossing, a slide mound, a nest swing and a so-called "wild things" plaza.
Grass said the "wild things" plaza was proposed by Greenworks, a sustainable design consulting firm, with possible interactive sculptural elements related to literature, possibly including something out of Maurice Sendak's hugely popular book, "Where the Wild Things Are."
She said there also would be the possibility of including interactive sculptural elements in that space and other locations through the Library Backyard project, representing local native animals and plants in an effort to engage and educate visitors.
A pollinator garden would be included as well.
Perhaps most notably, Tigard officials are considering plans to build an amphitheater, complete with a stage and seating for approximately 100 people.
"The amphitheater would be used for a variety of events for all ages," Grass said. "Outdoor music events are definitely included in our programming plans."
Restrooms and an observation area would be included as well.
The proposed trail near the stormwater treatment facility would be a short 400-foot-long loop trail around that facility, using a piece of the Fanno Creek Trail near the pedestrian bridge that crosses Fanno Creek.
The next step is finding funding for the project.
"At this time, there is no specific funding source and consequently no timeline," said Grass. "The project will be added to our next capital improvement plan."
That plan is looked at through an "equity lens," she said, that is then prioritized based on City Council and Tigard Parks and Recreation goals, she said. While there are other projects ahead of it, Grass said Tigard could choose to seek grant funding sources.
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