The Beaverton Downtown Association was one of two recipients for the City of Beaverton's 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. The BDA was honored for its efforts to revitalize downtown, including pedestrian-friendly improvements on SW Broadway Street BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee (VAC) announced last week the winners of the 2016 Visioning Partner of the Year award. For the first time, two winners were chosen: the Beaverton Downtown Association (BDA) and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD). The winners were announced at a meeting of all Beaverton Community Vision partners on April 14.
"The VAC had a tough time deciding on any one partner to recognize this year," said Jaann Hoisington, VAC chair. "We appreciate all of the contributions our partners make, so having two great partners stand out and champion the community's vision was a good problem to have."
The BDA was chosen because of its efforts to revitalize Beaverton's downtown, including pedestrian-friendly street improvements and updated signs. The BDA was recently recognized with a "Transforming Downtown" designation by the Oregon Main Street Program. The group has future plans including street festivals and a host of other activities to highlight the art, food, and ethnic cultural offerings in downtown Beaverton.
THPRD received the award because of its outreach work with diverse populations, as well as providing social support through use of its facilities as cooling shelters during last summer's heat wave and delivering meals to disadvantaged youth in the THPRD Rec Mobile. THPRD has also worked extensively to extend Beaverton's local trail network, including new connections on the westside trail. They work hard to make sure everyone has the chance to stay fit, including an adaptive recreation program, inclusive plan projects, and a new fit station at Elsie Stuhr Center.