The project team for the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District's (THPRD) Mountain View Champion's Park Project was honored to receive Third Place in Parks & Public Places at the DJC Top Projects 2018 awards!
Designed by David Evans and Associates, the $8.5 million project includes the development of a new 22-acre community park that primarily serves as a community sports complex. The park includes a large double synthetic turf field able to accommodate high school soccer, lacrosse, and baseball/softball practice. The baseball field features natural grass with a multipurpose outfield and the second smaller synthetic turf field, dubbed the "Champions Too" field, serves athletes and kids with physical or developmental disabilities. Additionally, the park features four new tennis courts, a 6,500sf inclusive playground space, walking pathways, community gardens, restroom and concessions buildings, plaza spaces for events, trails and inclusive interpretive elements, enhanced storm water quality areas, two new shade pavilions, and a GO-space parking area off SW 170th Avenue.
The inclusive and accessible design challenge for this park represents more than simply complying with current accessibility codes, but rather adopting an accessible design philosophy that was embraced from the beginning and applied to every aspect of the design. Every attempt was made to provide equal access where all users shared the same routes -wheelchair users should not have to use a different access ramp "over there" while everyone else took a more direct route. So the park was designed with no stairs and all fields were designed to be completely accessible. On a site that drops over 25 feet across its length, there was little tolerance in what was needed to achieve this while still maintaining proper slopes to sidewalks. More than most projects, preplanning down to the smallest detail was critical to the park's success.
Congratulations to the project team!