Taking Flight In Tigard Dog Park

20 03 2018

Molly our red Irish Setter

On more than one occasion my wife and I have taken ‘Molly’ our red setter to Potso Dog Park in Tigard. It is a spacious 1.5 acres and perfect for ‘catch and fetch,’ and dogs that like to sprint and run aimlessly. Also people who enjoy walking their dog off leash can use the roughed-in walking path circling a good portion of the inner parameter.

Tigard Potso Dog Park

Next to the parking area there is a separate enclosure for puppies and smaller dogs. The park is located on Wall Street off of Hunziker Road in Tigard.

Additional amenities include: fountains for both people and dogs, baggies to pick up after your pet. Double gated entryway, benches, tables and shelters, outhouse, water bowls, extra balls laying around, etc. The park is open from dusk to dawn. And closed through 12:30pm for maintenance on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It’s unique because of proximity to a nearby creek and rolling wooded hillside east of its location. I’m not a bird watcher by any means, but have noticed those Pacific Northwest dark-eyed Juncos, ‘a genus of American sparrows’ feeding in mass early mornings and just before sunset at certain times of the year. It appears this place is a migratory refuge for a variety of birds heading south before winter.

Any dog owner would appreciate these little critters congregating, especially if they motivated a dog to take chase and get more exercise. When we first watched Molly chase them, we looked at each other and agreed, “This is awesome, ‘The birds will definitely tire her out.” We were laughing because the dog is fast like a racehorse out the gate, but she’d need the life-force of ‘Flash’ to actually catch one.

Fence in Backdrop Molly Jumped Over

It was cool watching her until she caught air at the corner of the SW field fence – like a free-range deer jumping leaps and bounds, she took flight. “Didn’t see that one coming.” 

Transitioning from a full sprint to a high jump like-leap with precision, she effortlessly cleared that fence trying to catch a Junco mid-air. Then disappeared into the woods without a sound or trace. To our disbelief and others aghast who watched the spectacle, “if you hadn’t seen it, you wouldn’t have believed it.” Thankfully with the help of dog loving volunteers, she was found and panting joyfully to see us a few hours later. The search group that helped find her were awesome people. She was happy to see us and ready to go home and enjoy another day’s adventure. Hopefully the next one wouldn’t be so harrowing.

If your dog loves to chase birds and can’t leap a fence in a single bound – it’s a safe game of cat and mouse. They both enjoy the chase. There is no better way to drain that metabolic dog battery so everyone sleeps better at night. Since Molly’s battery was made by Eveready – and wired with a turbocharged accelerator to leap effortlessly over a fence, we need to exercise her daily to keep it half drained. Also by avoiding those birds she’s had no desire to leap any more fence lines – We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Tigard Summer Lake Dog Park

The second largest dog park is located on the outskirts of Summer Lake at 11450 SW Winter Lake Drive. It’s approximately 2/3 acre and similar to Potso in many ways. With exception: it doesn’t have a separate small dog parameter. It has a nice public restroom nearby, watering service and sheltered area with table and bench.  It is open daily from dust to dawn.

Tigard Ash Ave. Dog Park

Ash Ave Dog Park is the smallest of the three and accommodates all sizes of dogs. It has similar amenities like the other two Parks and is located across from Attwell apartments on the corner of SW Burnham and SW Ash Street in Down Town Tigard. It is abundant with wood fiber surface material and has a nice shelter and seating area. There is a fountain for both owner and dog, including paw wash. ADA-friendly parking is close to the double gated entry way and bike rack.

Double Gateway in Dog Parks with Dog Rules

Be sure to read the dog rules posted at each dog Park entrance gate. And remain vigilant to control your dog should it become overly aggressive with another dog.  Everyone can enjoy dog Parks when respectful of each other and mindful of dog ‘rules-of-engagement.’ Learn more about Tigard dog Parks: http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/dogparks.php

Good health to you and your family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET., is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2018 Copy right. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com

Nature’s Best-In-Class Stair Master on Bull Mountain

14 02 2018

Walking to Bull Mountain Trail Head

Like most fitness enthusiasts I’m always looking for a variety of exercise activities that’ll keep me motivated to walk daily – If I can find it outdoors all the better. After the Holidays and during the winter months there’s nothing better than a “Mid-Intensity fat burning walking activity,” especially on an uphill grade with multiple switchbacks and preferably in a wooded area. If such a place exists, you’ve just found nature’s Best-In-Class Stair Master. Not only will an uphill walking effort challenge anyone’s cardio and muscular endurance… it requires more body fat fuel to power the exercise opposed to flat land walking.

Within the City of Tigard a public-use wooded trail system like this exists. I’m happy to share its location for those looking for a different type of mobility challenge and experience. If you want to burn even more calories and get in better shape, consider making it a habit to walk in places like it – even during inclement weather.

Those of you who served in the military with boots on the ground… recall, “If it’s not raining we’re not training.” It’s a fact, when it’s cold and rainy, the resistive forces on the mind-body just increased a notch. Anyone can use nature’s outdoor Stairmaster throughout the year to personally challenge themselves and increase fitness levels regardless of rain or shine.

Molly our Red Setter – Loves this site – She stakes her claim.

The well-designed dirt trail runs approximately half a mile with multiple switchbacks and is located on the West side hill of Bull Mountain Park where Kruger Creek cuts through its slopped base in a valley-like wooded environment. I’d estimate the trail grade varies from top-to-bottom, 4-8 degrees. There are seated areas along the switchback segment of the pathway to rest and reflect on all that matters. Molly our red Irish setter loves the rest area approximately 2/3 way up the switchback segment. And believe me she doesn’t slow down a bit once closing in on that spot.

That’s the look… she also likes the white stuff.

“Glancing back at me only momentarily with excited eyes and happy pant, she pulls with full gusto.” I sense she’s concerned if I’m keeping up with her. And in that moment “we lock eyes and both know, ‘It’s all good – onward and upward we go!” If you need motivation to walk with purpose an energetic dog will definitely do the trick. Once in this peaceful place the sights and sounds of nature do its thing… “In itself is worth the effort, simply for peace of mind.”

Rest area and observation site near top of switch back trail system

While observing the surroundings in this spot, anyone would be drawn to read the two small plaques posted next to the picnic table where Molly proudly poses for the picture. The first one reads, “Hiking Trail and Picnic Table, Eagle Scout Project of Nikolai Hanson, Troop 419, June 2013. The second one reads, “Stairway railing and rock wall, Eagle Scout Project of Benjamin Love, Troop 799, and September 2014.”

Recognition for volunteers who built the great trail system and rest stops along the way.

I’d like to personally thank those Eagle Scouts and community volunteers responsible for this trail system and rest stops along the way… And of course the newly developed park.

If you’ve not been to Bull Mountain Park, or walked the switch back trail segment here’s how to access them. Park and walk the Morningstar Greenway trailhead beginning at SW Greenfield Drive and Benchview Terrace to experience the uphill hike to the switchback trail segment – ending in Bull Mountain Park.


Or drive to the park – If you want to access the switchback trail segment from Woodshire lane once parked… continue walking straight ahead [Westerly] past the maintenance shed, outhouse and playground structure.

Previous property owners, “Beverly Dawson Paul, MSW and David Parameter, M.D.

Walk just a little further forward and as the asphalt turns to bark chip, look for the ground level plaque on a rock to your left. The trailhead plaque reads “Beverly Dawson Paul, MSW and David Parameter, M.D. ‘They loved this place and lived here from 1979 to 2008.” Walk down ~100’ to the first switchback and 100’ more to the picnic table, have lunch and enjoy nature.

Bull Mountain Park

The official ribbon cutting ceremony recognized all involved in raising the money necessary to develop Bull Mountain Park and its trail systems, 15 October 2017. “This 10-acre neighborhood park is comprised of woods, open space, and riparian areas. The park features accessible trails, a picnic shelter, a nature play structure, and interpretive elements.” Learn more about the park and how community came together to raise funds and develop it. http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/bull_mountain_park.php

Tigard parks development and recreational outdoor events hosted in them continue to grow popularity. Events and activities in parks are directly supported by city council’s 5-year recreation goal #2 – Expand outdoor events (movies, concerts, pop‐ups in the park; including programs and classes with outside providers; and partnership opportunities, etc., 2012-17). On March 7, 2017 the City Council updated those goals for the next two years – 2017-19. Learn more about them.

Zip line down this wooded valley hillside… anything is possible.

I must say, “When city leadership and community recognize the value of the fit healthy benefits city parks and recreational events and activities provide within them… COOL things like Nature’s Best-In-Class Stairmaster come to life. What’s next, “a Zip-Line with tree tower, repealing base camp and Ninja Warrior style obstacle courses throughout the trail system area?

Recreational activities, partnership opportunities and possibilities are only limited by the imagination, recreation personnel and public support. Regardless of whether a Zip-line and Ninja Warrior-like obstacle challenge course becomes reality in Tigard, I know one thing for sure…

2017 Street Fair & Latino Feast – Rotary Plaza

“When parks and trail systems become accessible, useful and activated… ‘More people spend their leisurely and play time hours in and around them.”

When community plays together anything is possible – “Including realization of COOL activities that bring people together and fit healthy for all who physically participate and spectate within it.”

Good health to you and your family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET., is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2017 Copy right. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com

Tigard’s Rail-To-Trail Conversion with COOL Recreation Use Possibilities

22 12 2017

Last month I wrote an article on “Transforming Tigard Heritage Trail to Destination Place.”  To learn more about the trail concept plans… visit the City of Tigard web site.  Link is posted under the image above. This month I’m sharing the evolution of abandoned rail lines like the partially developed Tigard Heritage Trail system running parallel to Tigard Street – and how this is not unique to the City of Tigard.

It has become a national trend where inactive rail right-of-ways, or “Rails-To-Trails” conversions are targeted by cities; then work in partnership with various agencies to create more walkable connections that may include a whole host of other trail amenities. “We’re creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people (Rails-To-Trails Conservatory 2017).”

Marching to the beat of a similar heathy place and people drum – the NRPA (National Recreation and Parks Association) offers best-in-class city recreation services, trends and revenues generation education, indoor/outdoor recreation facilities design, resource assistance, fitness and health trend data etc. The leadership and vision between these two large organizations have created a unique way to conceptualize city trail design and build-out for best-in-class recreation activities that also compliment walking exercise.

Tigard city planners had recently hosted public sessions and identified many trail amenities that could be co-joined along Tigard’s Heritage trail system. It just so happens the two most popular leisurely amenities per visionary trail-use design made the Heritage Trail planning concept wish list. They are “outdoor exercise gym-stations and biking facility obstacle course.” But this does not mean they’ll be developed alongside this trail system. There were many other popular trail amenity ideals that made the list.

Street Fair 2017 Tigard OR – Bringing Community Together

The City of Tigard’s strategic vision, “Make Tigard the most walkable city in the Pacific NW where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives,” is a call to action to connect and develop more public use trails throughout city neighborhoods. The nationwide Rails-to-Trails and NRPA visionary efforts combined have captured the imagination of Tigard city officials, business leaders, recreational enthusiasts and residents throughout the public process.

A major driving force behind more pathways and rails-to-trails conversion and innovative outdoor exercise facilities evolved from national health and financial disparity data – showing a connection to America’s increasing obesity problem. “Americans are suffering from their poor diet and exercise choices. Heart disease claims some 600,000 people — one in every four deaths — in the United States every year. Obesity affects nearly 60 million adults, or about 30 percent of the adult population, and more than a third of all U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese. In addition, a wide range of other chronic diseases related to diet and exercise keep Americans in ill health.”

During the NPRA Conference in 2015, it was stated, “Everyone in America deserves a safe place to walk and wheelchair roll.” And “Parks and recreation are the centers of our communities,” Surgeon General Murthy also said. “Parks and recreation centers are also centers of health. They build a foundation for a healthier life.” Penalosa the key note speaker stated, “If you really care about poor people, we must improve the quality of leisure time available to all people.” To read the full article: http://www.nrpa.org/parks-recreation-magazine/2015/october/preparing-for-action/.

Dirksen Nature Park, Tigard OR – Outdoor Fitness Center

In essence the audience in conference understood the key note and special speaker messages – And from my perspective here’s the takeaway… “City Parks and Recreation saves lives through centers of health where recreational activities are accessible and affordable for everyone. In doing these things, the health disparity imbalance and obesity problems plaguing any place can be greatly reduced when all ‘enjoy healthy and interconnected lives’ [Woodard 2017].”

Bull Mountain Park Tigard, OR – Children’s Natural Interactive Playground

City Parks and Recreation leaders throughout the nation understand NRPA’s 2015 call to action. “It was about inspiration. It was about urgency.” It was also about parks and recreation doing its part in reducing childhood obesity while bringing community together. With these two organizations marching to a similar beat in building healthier places for people – opens unbelievable outdoor recreation and environmental opportunities and experiences to “improve the quality of leisure time available to all people.”

This national call to action in cities has already taken root. “Parks & Recreation Magazine followed up with three park departments across the country that have embraced this new wave of fitness trails and play zones innovations in order to keep residents healthy and moving… ‘Some projects are partially funded between $12-40k,’ “in part through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with the local health district to curb obesity and diabetes.” Read the full story at: http://www.nrpa.org/parks-recreation-magazine/2013/may/hit-the-outdoor-gym/

To stay informed on the Tigard Heritage trail history, development concepts and cool recreation activity trail amenities possibilities visit:  http://www.tigard-or.gov/business/EcDev/HeritageTrail_ConceptDesign.pdf  [Design 100% Complete, 23 July 2015].

And Latest 2017 Tigard Heritage Trail updates:  http://www.tigard-or.gov/business/tigard_street_trail.php

Good health to you and your family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET., is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2017 Copy right. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com

Transforming Tigard Heritage Trail to Destination Place

19 11 2017

Avid walkers, joggers and bikers are likely familiar with a crescent shaped porous asphalt pathway running parallel with Tigard Street and intersecting at Tiedeman Avenue and Main Street in down town Tigard.  In 2013 city leaders wasted no time to secure the ¾ mile abandoned rail right-of-way with ODOT (Oregon Depart of Trans) through a 99 year intergovernmental lease agreement. Shortly thereafter the city began trail design concepts and receiving feedback through multiple public outreach efforts.

Events and entertainment staging area, Veterans wall and flag, Clock tower, children’s splash pad have all been topics of discussion.

“An open house was held in September 2014 to present the initial trail design plan. Over 100 people participated on-line or in-person. The plan was generally well received.”

Looking East on Tigard Street… From Grant to Main Street – Green area could serve as additional parking for events…  wheel chair access – ADA outdoor gym equipment…

The concept then grew legs into four main sub-areas: 1) A community plaza [now Rotary Plaza, Council Resolution 17-14] where the South trail intersects Main Street next to the commerce building; 2) a Commons area that include concepts for a dog park and/or BMX-bike-pump track; 3) a Stage Area for performance space; and 4) a second trail gateway entrance with plaza space at the north end of the trail intersecting Tiedeman Avenue.

Three popular trail themes have been reviewed for possible development after three public walk and talk sessions held this summer.  The trail themes were, “Trail as Outdoor Museum; Trail as Riverine History; and Trail as Timeless Railway.” After public input – the two most popular themes appear to be timeless railway and outdoor museum.

What trail amenity or historical ideals do you have? Take city survey: http://www.tigard-or.gov/business/tigard_street_trail.php

Some of the most popular trail and plaza amenities ideals include: Rotary Plaza clock tower and peace pole, Veterans wall and flag, farmer’s market and event space in flexible plaza staging area with overpass LED accent lighting; parking under Highway overpass, and along Tigard Street abutted to heritage trail system up to Grant Street.

Also an adult outdoor fitness center with wheelchair access is possible along Tigard Street “green space” parking, Just West of HWY 99 overpass.  Also competing for this space children’s splash pad zone.

Cultural and historical interactive art stations are planned along the trail way and may include time capsules… And the BMX-bike-pump track concept continues to be very popular with biking enthusiasts and community at large.

To see the full trail concept as presented to council by the design team on 8/18/15, visit: http://www.tigard-or.gov/business/EcDev/HeritageTrail_ConceptDesign.pdf

Lion Share Funded by 700k Connect Oregon VI Grant

How does the city plan to pay for the Heritage Street trail development?

“On Aug. 18, 2016, the Oregon Transportation Commission announced a $700,000 award to the city of Tigard through a Connect Oregon VI grant.” Other funding sources and donations include: Washington County MSTIP grant; City of Tigard and Down Town Urban Renewal funds and Rotary Club donations, etc. Construction is planned in 2018.

Tiedeman East entrance trail access has potential for plaza space development.

Team designers are now looking for further input in creating trail elements that compliment Tigard’s Outdoor Museum. If you missed providing input this summer – “no worries.” You can still chime in through an on-line city survey open through December 31, 2017. Simply share your Tigard stories, quotes and other historical facts and insight you think would make a great Outdoor Museum ideal and it may end up as a trail element.

To provide input visit: http://www.tigard-or.gov/business/tigard_street_trail.php

Good Health to You and Your Family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET., is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2017 Copy right. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com


Tigard’s Outdoor Fitness Center

22 10 2017

Fanno Creek Bridge Crossing into Dirksen Nature Park

During brisk afternoon walks I often cross a pedestrian bridge in my neck of the woods.  It’s located on Tiedemann Avenue in Tigard at the North East corner of Fowler Grade School next to the track. This bridge crossing over Fanno creek is a pedestrian access point into Dirksen Nature Park.  One day after walking across the bridge I broke stride to focus on a youth doing pull-ups at the far West end of the field. I changed course to reacquaint myself with that area.

Then reread the dedication plaque. “This outdoor fitness center was presented to the Citizens of Tigard by the Rotary Club of Tigard to commemorate the Club’s 50 years of SERVICE ABOVE SELF, February 13, 2014.”  It reminded me of how committed this organization and others like them are and work to improve the livability of families and community at large.

The project was paid for by the Tigard Rotary Club and it marked their 50th year anniversary.  They’ve been established in Tigard since 1964.  If you’d like to know more about their organization, visit https://tigardrotary.org/.

Modified Push Up  “Up Stroke” of repetition

Today I use the equipment frequently and exercise between walks using my body weight as the resistant weight-force to improve strength and flexibility. The exercise you see me doing in the picture is a modified chest press. I simply lean against a bench-like object, then lower to and push away from the platform to complete a repetition. This particular exercise targets the undercut of the chest and front shoulders and upper back during the down-stroke motion.

Modified Push Up “Down Stroke.” The further you travel downward the greater range of motion and strength building.

And while holding the angled pike position performing the modified incline pushup, it tones other parts of the body. “How does it do that?” It takes supportive leg, buttocks, core and back muscles to hold the rigid position while performing the exercise.

Many of you know aerobic exercise has cardio and weight loss benefits. But may not be aware of how important strength, flexibility and body toning exercises are to posture, balance and mobility. To leave these fitness components out of the exercise equation is to leave the body less capable of performing essential daily tasks long term.  Like lifting a grocery bag, getting out of a chair, yard work, or going up or down stairs, etc.

If you’d like to incorporate stretches, strength and body toning exercises during a walk, outdoor exercise stations like this one can certainly help achieve the goal. This exercise area is nestled in nature’s back yard where anyone can use it at no charge. There is also an extra bonus “bark chipped trails to walk around between exercise sets.”

Better yet take the dog with you. This is a two for one deal. Everyone gets their daily dose of exercise.

If you see me there, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself.

Good Health to You and Your Family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET., is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2017 Copy right. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com

Farmer Markets “Trifecta-Win” for Communities

19 09 2017

Updated, 9 April 2018

If you’ve not been to a local farmers market this year, I highly recommend you do so before it ends in October. Come and experience a fun outdoor weekly marketplace where local musicians often play and you sample fresh farmed foods and purchase them at great prices.

It is truly a unique place with ample opportunity to learn more about local farmed foods, seasonal harvest, organic gardening and nutrition tips and so much more. You might even meet a new friend or drum up a business connection in this activated social setting.

The products in farmer markets is of high quality and less cost than most organic foods found in local retail stores. This is because there is less handling, processing and long distance hauling – there is also less damage and bruising and that means higher nutrient value.

These marketplaces also have a way of making us more conscientious of being good environmental stewards. For example, consider the impact of plastics on environment alone – according to scientists in 2010, “around eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean.” Farmer’s markets don’t require plastic bags and packaging to preserve and bag product. If you want to help further reduce non-biodegradable pollutant plastics on land and waterways, simply bring your own reusable paper or carry bag with you to take product home. This helps keep farmers costs down while saving the planet one bag at a time.

When looking at the economic benefit farmers markets bring to communities is best described as a “Trifecta Win.” Meaning the benefactors are farmers, residents and local business. When consumers spend dollars at home they support local farmers, economic development, community building and increase job opportunities.

I can’t think of a better seasonal tradition to experience with family than a day spent supporting your local farmer’s market. Then sharing those farmed fresh food stories at the dinner table. Who knows, you may be inspired to plant your own organic garden next year.

Tigard Farmers Markets are Open through October.

The City of Tigard Farmer’s market opens on May 6 – October 28, 2018 on Sundays from 9am – 1:30pm. Their located at the city’s public works yard on Burnham Street in downtown Tigard.

The Bull Mountain Farmers Market opens in May – October 2018 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-2pm. Their located at 14389 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard. Get more information on both farmers markets.

“Supa Fresh is a youth-operated farm that teaches interns work and life skills. The farm stand opened in June and features seasonal produce…” You can purchase fresh farmed products typically on Wednesdays from 2:30 -6:30pm [posted: 2017]- or visit http://www.suprafreshyouthfarm.org to confirm the 2018 days/hours of operation and other great information. Their located at 9055 SW Locust Street, Tigard. Learn more about Supa Fresh at https://www.facebook.com/supafreshyfarm/

Good Health to You and Your Family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. Is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2017 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com

Get your “Swim-On” at the Tigard Swim Center

18 08 2017

Tigard Tualatin Aquatics District (TTAD) on Durham Road, Tigard OR

The other day I was on a walk and was sidetracked by the playful sound of children’s voices coming from the Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District (TTAD) pool facility located at 8680 SW Durham Rd next to Tigard High School. It’s been years since I used that facility before I graduated from St. Anthony’s Grade School ‘74, and Tigard High Class of ‘78. So I checked it out.

Since the building has a public access door into the public viewing area at the NE corner, it was easy enough to enter, sit on a bench, and reminisce of years long past. I immediately noticed the excitement and joyful expressions of young faces in the water. This brought back many fond memories from my childhood, especially how much I loved swimming in that pool while attending St. Anthony’s grade school.

That’s where I, like many other young classmates, earned a prized swimmer’s patch of various colors for swimming achievement. Back then they were circular with a “T” when the pool was owned by the School District. Today they are off-circular with “TT” for Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District.

TTAD Swimming Facility

“How many know about the fit healthy benefits swimming can provide anyone,” the fitness trainer in me pondered. Swimming isn’t only for the young, but is great at any age and ability – and is especially beneficial for those who now find themselves overweight, or out-of-shape, and want to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. It is well known by health and medical experts swimming is one of the best cardiovascular, body toning, and aerobic fat burning exercises anyone can participate in.

It’s also an anti-gravity, non-resistive force exercise for those overweight, out-of-shape, or managing body pain, meaning the combination of buoyancy and low-impact exercise in water can provide a painless transition toward increasing fitness levels and sustaining good health.

The Tigard Tualatin Swim facility offers an impressive array of activities for everyone.

The Tigard Tualatin Swim facility offers an impressive array of daily and evening activities for all. For example: lap and easy paced swim, deep water aerobics exercise, senior fitness non-impact aerobic exercise, and they have a general use swim session open to the public. TTAD is also a Silver Sneakers participant where seniors may be eligible to swim at no cost. Simply check with your insurance or Medicare provider and coordinate with program administrators to see if you qualify. Learn more about the district facilities and swim sessions and classes at http://www.ttadpools.com.

Upon leaving I continued the day’s walk and thought… the place looked exactly as I remembered it. Well maintained and popular with the public. What struck me most was the enjoyment and prideful expressions of both children and parents and how it brings community together to do something most love to participate in and watch, swimming!

Good Health to You and Your Family.

Marc Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. Is a member of the Tigard City Council. He is a strong proponent of City involvement in providing recreational opportunities for its residents. 2017 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com