Tigard Travel Guide

  • Tigard's Cook Park is Home to Wildlife, City Life
    Tigard's Cook Park is Home to Wildlife,...
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  • Barkdust Path next to Tualatin River by Boat Ramp
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  • Open Grass and Picnic Shelters are Part of Park
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    by glabah Written Feb 27, 2012

    This park is not necessarily easy to find, as it is at the end of a dead-end road that was, in the not so distant past, too narrow to even have a line painted down the middle of it.

    However, those days are now over, and this park has become a tourist attraction of sorts - not that Tigard really has much in the way of famous attractions to make people want to visit.

    The park has several large athletic fields, which are usually closed in winter. Scattered throughout the park, even in some very hidden away places, you will find some very large and developed picnic shelters which may be reserved.

    However, an extensive part of the park is preserved as semi-wild forest and wetlands, and there is a preserved section of open prairie that is also intended to serve as wildlife habitat. Several dirt, bark dust and paved trails allow access to a number of these areas, and allow some viewing of some of the wetlands areas. The trails also connect to a nearby bike path running beside the old Oregon Electric Railway (now Portland and Western) railroad line. From here it is possible to get to Tualatin or various other nearby locations.

    A very small boat ramp exists on the far southern end of the park. It should be noted that the Tualatin River contains a number of hazards, all of which are discussed in the various warning signs near the boat ramp.

    Once a year, this park is also the home site for the Festival of Baloons in Tigard. See
    http://www.tigardballoon.org/

    Tigard's Cook Park is Home to Wildlife, City Life Barkdust Path next to Tualatin River by Boat Ramp Open Grass and Picnic Shelters are Part of Park Great Egret in Wetlands at Cook Park Picnic and Observation Shelter in Butterfly Garden
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    by glabah Written Nov 17, 2008

    During the winter months, geese, ducks, blue heron, and other birds search out just about any location they can for wintering habitat in the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas. The large ponds at Summerlake Park become populated with these birds sometimes.

    In addition to the winter bird life, Summer Lake Park also offers a number of neighborhood recreational opportunities. There is a paved loop all the way around the park. There are a number of picnic tables scattered through the park, and one covered picnic area. Two playgrounds plus wide open fields offer a number of opportunities for children. There is a reasonably wild forested area, plus a cultivated rhododendron garden on the far west side of the park.

    The park is connected to a number of neighborhood streets by pathways leading betwee back yards, as well as street access.

    Some of the neighborhood houses back right up to the park, without any sort of fence between the park and the house.

    Summerlake Park: pond and bridge, trees and grass blue heron hunts in Summerlake Park in winter paved trail runs completely around Summerlake Park paved trail runs completely around Summerlake Park bridge in middle of Summerlake Park in evening
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    by glabah Updated Jan 16, 2008

    This small park is just far enough north of highway 99W to not be able to hear the traffic noise much, and yet close enough to be a convenient stopover point to avoid going traffic crazy. If you got something to eat at a restaurant in Tigard and want to eat outside away from traffic, this might be your best bet for a nice quiet outside location.

    The park has a number of picnic tables scattered about, and has one small section of the paved Fanno Creek Trail running through it. There are a number of fairly large trees, as well as some playground equipment. There are no toilet facilities.

    The covered picnic area is a bit small, but if it is a nice day there are a number of picnic tables through the park as well - as long as they are dry!

    Fanno creek runs through the southwest side of the park, and can be a nice place to relax.

    Woodard Park: picnic and playground structures Woodard Park: entrance from SW Johnson, from 99W Woodard Park: good picnic spots, but make sure dry Woodard Park: paved Fanno Creek Trail goes through Woodard Park: paved Fanno Creek Trail goes through
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    by glabah Written Oct 7, 2013

    While it doesn't have a huge waiting line, the Café Alegro is very popular, and at least a little bit of waiting line shouldn't be surprising. I've seen it comfortably crowded, to the point that every table is occupied but nobody waiting, however that wasn't a peak night like Friday or Saturday!

    One word of warning here: the restrooms are not currently wheelchair accessible. There is a step to get up into the hallway down which the restrooms are located. The building is currently undergoing remodeling, and so this may eventually be taken care of.

    The lighting is just perfect I think: not so dark as to not be able to see your menu, but also not starkly light either.

    The food is quite good, and has a reputation for being more than most people are able to eat in one sitting. I had no such trouble with the calzone, but most of the plates of pasta from surrounding tables required a box to bring part of them home.

    Don't expect the food to come in a rush, as everything is made to order and with care.

    Favorite Dish: Calzone Veggie for $14

    Caf�� Allegro on Main Street in Downtown Veggie Calzone is $14 and Quite Filling

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    by glabah Written Mar 25, 2011

    From the outside, there isn't a huge amount to recommend Banning's over any other nearby restaurant. It is on the north side of highway 99W, so that it is easy to get here from Interstate 5 if you are heading west on 99W. It is surrounded by the standard concrete jungle environment typical of the region, and not an especially attractive area.

    However, Banning's has been in business for some 30 years, and in the very competitive restaurant business this is an accomplishment.

    Though I have never had any, their claim to fame is their wonderful pies and other desserts, which are on display in a rotating refrigerated cabinet close to the cashier's desk.

    The interior of the restaurant is comfortable and clean, and there is a small flower on each table, and the surroundings of the restaurant certainly do not leave much hope for what lies inside. It is much better inside this restaurant than the exterior surroundings indicate!

    Lemonaide and Ice Tea have free refills according to the menu.

    This restaurant is also open 24 hours - no drive-though only or anything like that! Straight up, 24 hours open, which is a nice switch if you are looking to get out of your car for a while and into something that isn't a drive-though late at night. The exception to this is Christmas Day - when the restaurant is closed.

    Favorite Dish: I like the #6 Breakfast Burrito, which has scrambled eggs, onions, green chilis, oilves and Tillamook cheese. The plate also comes with hash browns and toast, and a small cup of salsa and sour cream, for $9.29.

    Banning's is Well Known for Wonderful Desserts Banning's Interior Attractive, but Outside is Junk Breakfast Burrito Plate for $9.29
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    by rmdw Written Dec 24, 2004

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    Being from Vancouver, BC I'm quite knowledgeable about all kinds of Asian cuisine. Thus, it was a great surprise to discover this amazing little restaurant in suburban Portland!

    They offer a combination of both Vietnamese and Thai dishes. You can stick to one or order a mixture of both. I've eaten here several times, as well as had take-out. All meals have been absolutely superb! Combine this with professional, friendly service and you have a true winner!

    Favorite Dish: If you've never had food of either cuisine type before then I'd recommend trying "Pho Tai" beef noodle soup and the basic "Pad Thai" noodle dish, plus some "Fried Egg Rolls" to start.

    Yummy Plus!

    Pacific Breeze - An Asian Gem in Tigard!
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    by Shaft28 Written Feb 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Tigard is it is conveniently close to everything. It has a decent mall, plenty of freeway access and enough trees to cover up the stench of the trucks running through.

    Fondest memory: Driving out of it to downtown.

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