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The bond would pay for a pedestrian trail across I-5, new athletic fields and Tualatin River access.

FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Aviana Rios, 5, takes a swing at a pinata during a community event at Atfalati Park in 2021. A $25 million parks bond that would pay for a pedestrian trail across Interstate 5, along with new athletic fields and waterfront access, was leading slightly Tuesday night with initial election results showing the measure passing 53.54% to 46.46%.

If it passes, the parks bond will pay to create new athletic fields, update current ones and improve waterfront access to the Tualatin River. Those projects cost $4 million, $7 million and $4.5 million, respectively.

Tualatin has been hurting for several years when it comes to having enough athletic fields to meet city demand, Tualatin City Councilor Christen Sacco previously said. The majority of city parks were built in the 1990s, she pointed out at the time, and haven't kept up with the times.

Cost of the measure will add an estimated 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to city property taxes.

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