53rd Avenue Park Recreation Center
Feasibility Study & Master Plan
The city of Hillsboro, Oregon, a young, thriving community on the western edge of the Portland growth boundary, is home to a variety of high-tech firms. The community was in need of recreation amenities in 2005, when an industrial building with several large parcels of land became available for sale. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture was hired to assess the properties to determine if the building could be transformed into a community center and/or maintenance facility. The study showed the building and site could accommodate both. Subsequently, BRS and MIG, Inc. were hired to master plan the open space next to the existing building into a park and further develop the community center plans.
The facility program expanded from the existing 43,000 s.f. of space to over 100,000 s.f., due in part to citizen input. Components, including indoor tennis, basketball courts and a large natatorium, have been included in the program.
The existing building will house a café, bouldering feature, soft play area, indoor skate park, indoor soccer venue, racquetball courts, golf simulators and classrooms—program elements that will appeal to families of all ages.
The project also attracted the attention of a local health care provider, and negotiations are underway to incorporate an expanded fitness component into the facility, with a separate office suite for the wellness provider.