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A Saturday celebration at the curves will include a marching band, a scavenger hunt, cider, donuts and more

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TUALATIN - Here's a map where all the fun Garden Corner Curves activities will be held on Saturday. Residents are invited to celebrate the reopening of Tualatin's Garden Corner Curves on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The gathering will be held at the curves, which follow Southwest 105th Avenue/Blake Street/108th Avenue between Avery and Willow street. Residents are invited to walk or roll through the corridor. The road will be closed from The Garden Corner Nursery to about Mortatoc Drive with a variety of activity stations open to the public. (See accompanying map)

In addition to raffle prizes, attendees can enjoy free cider and donuts.

Also, there will be a visit by the Tualatin High School marching band (weather permitting), a scavenger hunt, a giant bubble show, games, and a do-it-yourself planting project.

The event will comply with all COVID-19 protocols.

The Garden Corner Curves corridor officially shut down on June 28 when the city closed traffic from Southwest Industrial Way to Ibach Street to make improvements to the narrow, constrained roadway.

Those included removing (and recycling) most of the existing asphalt — including some of the road area down by Hedges Creek, before a 15-foot-wide and 5-foot-high concrete box culvert was installed to help the creek flow through.

The new roadway now contains 10-foot-wide vehicle lanes, similar to the entire width of the old roadway.

Funding for the project came from come from a $20 million bond passed by Tualatin voters in 2018 and administered through Tualatin Moving Forward, a local transportation improvement program.

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