Shapiro Didway led public outreach efforts with the City of Tualatin to reimagine Tualatin’s Stoneridge Park with the surrounding community. The bilingual outreach approach provided opportunities for the large Spanish speaking population in the neighborhood to participate in efforts to decide on new amenities as prioritized by the community. Utilizing feedback collected through public outreach, our team developed design alternatives to be developed into construction documents.
The community requested several features be included in the new park design, including play structures, swings, nature play pieces, a sports court, seating, tables and chairs, climbing feature, art and a splash pad. For children, one of the most exciting features was the water feature, “Los chorritos”. Their eyes lighted up as they saw the images of the water feature in design alternatives presented. For teenagers, the sports court, alternative play elements, and the art component grabbed. The climbing wall/features were also a big attraction. Adults were excited about the street art. They also liked the play structure for children and the seating areas for themselves.
To ensure nearby community members were included in the process, regardless of their age, access to electronic devices, or transportation, we hosted two park open houses. Both adults and children participated by visiting displays, drawing pictures/completing worksheets/surveys to select their preferred park elements, and chatting with facilitators. State guidelines and directives for social distancing were strictly followed and enforced. Extended stays were discouraged. Face masks, hand sanitizer, distancing indicators, and bilingual signage was provided. Project content was also displayed at multiple stations to disperse visitors throughout the park site.
Client: City of Tualatin Parks & Recreation