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Officials kick off Rock Creek sports facility construction

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PCC and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District broke ground on their highly anticipated partnership to develop the 30-plus acres of land adjacent to the Rock Creek Campus. The groundbreaking on June 29 of the Rock Creek Recreational Facilities featured officials from the college and the parks district.

The college is providing a long-term lease on the land for $1 a year and the district is building the $10.1 million complex, which will benefit students, staff and the community. Construction is scheduled to end July 2007 and will serve the rapidly growing Rock Creek and Bethany communities.

The complex will include four grass baseball diamonds that convert into three fields for football, lacrosse or soccer; two synthetic turf, multiuse fields; six outdoor tennis courts; picnic pavilion; play structure; restroom/concession building; walking paths circling the perimeter; and a 285-space parking lot. PCC will use the complex during the day while the park district will use it nights and weekends.

“This is a wonderful partnership involving these entities,” said Katherine Persson, Rock Creek Campus president. “But it’s also a wonderful asset to the community.”

On hand to do the ceremonial honors were Persson, Joe Blowers, (board member of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District); Karen McKinney (PCC board member); and Ron Willoughby (general manager of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District).

“It’s now gone from a concept to reality,” said Blowers. “You are looking at the future here.”

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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