Agency, in collaboration with Mayer/Reed, is leading an engagement-centered project to imagine the future of parks and open spaces in Downtown Beaverton, Oregon. In recent years Beaverton has seen, and is projected to see, continued growth and development, catalyzing this exciting opportunity to focus planning and implementation efforts towards a cohesive and legible network of downtown parks and open spaces. This forward-thinking planning process for Downtown includes the many unique spaces we all experience in urban centers: public spaces, active storefronts, pedestrian walkways, bike corridors, pop-up play areas, and more. Our plan positions the investment in downtown open space as critical for Beaverton and its state of growth and evolution, prioritizing a vibrant, accessible, and welcoming downtown for all.
Central to the Parks and Open Space Framework Plan is the understanding that planning and designing for Downtown Beaverton requires an examination of downtown open space through multiple lenses: access, community need, local character and identity, and natural resources. Building upon the City of Beaverton and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District’s (THPRD) recent and extensive community engagement initiatives across their multiple, respective planning efforts, our goals for interfacing with the community are to create meaningful dialogue, drive the process for decision-making, and build enthusiasm for the plan. It was imperative for the planning and design team, in close collaboration with the City and THPRD, to implement a community engagement strategy that deployed a range of opportunities for public input so as to reach historically underrepresented voices and members of the community who have often been kept out of downtown decision-making.Project Images