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Tualatin's $25 million parks bond also supports construction of a pedestrian trail across Interstate 5

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TUALATIN - A proposed trail from Fred Meyer will head east, allowing pedestrians to cross with a bridge across I-5 before the trail continues to 65th Street (running alongside the southern part of the Nyberg Creek Wetlands area).   Tualatin's $25 million parks measure appears to have won handily, paving the way for new athletic fields, access to the Tualatin River and a pedestrian trail across Interstate 5.

An updated Washington County Elections Division count on Monday evening, Nov. 14, showed residents approved the bond 55.1% to 44.9% (or by 1,028 votes).

"I am very grateful to the voters of Tualatin for approving the parks bond," Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik said early Monday afternoon. "The funds from the bond will create new trails, new and improved sports fields, create an accessible waterfront destination point on the Tualatin River, upgrade existing parks, and create a Veterans Plaza on the Lake of the Commons. All of these projects have been requested by residents over the past few years and now they will become a reality."

Tualatin hasn't been able to keep up with the number of athletic fields residents have asked for, City Councilor Christen Sacco has previously said. Also, most of the city's parks were built in the 1990s and haven't kept up with the times.

Plans to create a Veterans Plaza, the city's first tribute to military veterans, has long been in the works and will be located at the Tualatin Lake at the Commons.

Cost of the bond measure will add an estimated 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to city property taxes. In addition, a proposed trail from Fred Meyer will head east, allowing walkers to cross I-5 with a pedestrian bridge where the trail continues to 65th Street (running alongside the southern part of the Nyberg Creek Wetlands area).

Tualatin voters last passed a bond measure in May 2018, approving a $20 million general obligation bond to support high priority transportation projects.

(This story updates a previous one, adding where an I-5 pedestrian bridge would be located.)PMG FILE PHOTO - An updated Washington County Elections Division count on Monday evening showed residents approved the bond 54.70% to 45.30% (or by 900 votes).


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