Take a trolley ride

The trolley is out of storage, and fleet staff have it prepared for service. Over the winter, the trolley was sent to the original manufacturer in Medford to undergo a light refurbishment. This occurs every few years and consists of replacement of damaged wood and application of sealer to the wood surfaces.

Look for the trolley on nice days on SMART’s crosstown route 4.

A trolley tour is set for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

The trolley is equipped with a lift and has space for two wheelchairs or scooters.

Call 503-682-3727 to make your reservation.

Window safety urged in warmer weather

Every year in Oregon, approximately 50 children fall from second- or third-story windows, often suffering severe injuries. Window screens are not strong enough to keep a child from falling out of a window — window screens are designed to keep bugs out, not kids in. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue reminds parents, grandparents, baby sitters and all adults who care for children that window falls are preventable.

Recent community-wide efforts to create public awareness of window safety are saving children’s lives. The Oregon Trauma Registry 2012 data shows a 46 percent reduction in window falls from 2009 to 2011. As a partner in the STOP at 4 campaign, TVF&R urges parents and families to continue their commitment to window safety as warmer summer weather arrives.

Share the following tips with friends, family or anyone else that has children living in or visiting their home:

  • Keep play areas, furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
  • Do not open windows more than 4 inches and install window stops. Window stops prevent windows from opening wide enough to allow a child to tumble out.
  • Window stops should be easily removed by an adult in the case of a fire or other emergency.
  • Lock windows when not in use.
  • Actively watch children near windows — no device can replace adult supervision.
  • Appropriate window devices can be purchased at any hardware store or at the Safety Store and Resource Center at the Legacy Randall Children’s Hospital at 501 N. Graham St. in Portland.

    For more information on these devices, visit For other safety tips, visit

    Dog walkers reminded to use leashes

    In an effort to address public concerns regarding dog walkers who do not have their animals on leashes in city parks, the park maintenance staff has stepped up efforts to increase compliance. Portable signs rotated to various city parks advise that leashes are required in all Wilsonville parks, except in the enclosed dog-run area at Memorial Park.

    “We are adding more signs as a reminder to pet owners that dogs need to be on a leash in all city parks,” said Public Works Supervisor Steve Munsterman. “We also ask that people clean up after their dog and fill in any holes their dog is responsible for. All of our larger parks have convenient doggie bags that may be used for collection.”

    As part of a public outreach effort, staff spoke with two dozen park users with dogs in the park and almost all violators were aware of the rules and all were appreciative of the park and dog-run improvements. Many people offered suggestions of what they would like to see and also vented about other dog owners not being courteous or following the rules.

    The community’s rule on using dog leashes in city parks is based on common courtesy, public safety and environmental etiquette. Many people, especially children, are afraid of dogs running loose. Occasionally, dogs do not like other dogs, which can result in conflicts. Allowing a dog to run loose in the city’s parks can damage valuable wildlife habitat, especially in sensitive restoration areas. A dog owner could be held liable for damage that his or her dog may do.

    So, keep your dog on a leash except in the designated dog-run area just east of the sports fields in Memorial Park.

    For questions, contact Kerry Rappold, natural resources program manager, at 503-570-1570 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    City to host neighborhood barbecues

    Each summer, the city hosts informal barbecues that rotate to different neighborhoods. These events provide a low-key opportunity for local residents to meet with members of the city council and various city boards and commissions, along with city staff of different departments.

    Representatives of the library, SMART, parks and rec and community development/planning attend with informational displays. City public works staff pitch in to do the grilling and setup/take-down.

    The neighborhood barbecues, which are intended for residents who live near the site, are free and do not require a reservation; first come, first served.

    The dates are:

  • Aug. 21: Park at Merryfield/Silver Creek/Montebello neighborhood: Engelman Park
  • Sept. 18: Jory Trail at the Grove neighborhood
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