Tigard, Oregon: A Shopper’s (and Kayaker’s) Paradise
With a population of about 50,000, the city of Tigard (pronounced TIE-gurd) is located just south of Portland in southeastern Washington County. It is home to the region’s premier tax-free shopping destinations—Washington Square and Bridgeport Village—and has a community that is devoted to the arts, with the only professional musical theater company in the region.
Outdoor recreation opportunities in Tigard include easy access to the Tualatin River, which runs through much of Washington County.
Recreation is tops here, with Tigard’s Cook Park providing access to the Tualatin River, a calm waterway that is popular with paddlers. The Fanno Creek Greenway Trail (as well as the Tualatin River Water Trail) connects Cook Park to the Tualatin Community Park. Highlights of this trail include wetlands and ponds, oak forest and the flowered landscape of the Tupling Butterfly Garden.
Main Street, located in Tigard’s downtown, is home to where visitors may create a glass masterpiece at the area’s only public glass-blowing art studio. A few favorite local restaurants and a brewery also attract many to this reinvigorated downtown street.
Stash Tea, with its 200 loose-leaf teas, more than 80 bagged teas and free in-house tea tastings, is a place to experience the world of tea.
Fun seekers of all ages flock to Big Al’s for its upscale bowling lanes, thrilling arcade with 200 games, sports bar/grill with a 14ft. x 55 ft. big screen, and more.
Live Laugh Love Art is a state-of-the-art glass-blowing studio and gallery in downtown Tigard where visitors can make their own hand-blown glass art works, acrylic painting or welded art.
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley has a strong and rich Hispanic and Latinx community. The area is home to the largest population of Latinx people in Oregon. Several organizations hold the community together as cultural centers for Latinx families.
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley already has a reputation for excellent wineries and craft breweries, but if spirits are your thing, it’s not hard to find fun and quality craft cocktails.
Summer is well underway and August typically has the Portland area’s warmest temperatures so this is the time to head out on the water to cool off.