Tualatin is named after the Tualatin Indian Tribe that lived here a long time ago. In fact many of the names in this area are named after the Native American Tribes. You can read about some of the Native American History of the area by clicking here
The city of "Tualitin" was established in 1869, and the spelling changed to "Tualatin" in 1915. In the 1880s, the settlement was sometimes called Bridgeport , probably because of the nearby bridge, one of the first built over the Tualatin River . The population was 22,791 at the 2000 census.
Tualatin is just south of Tigard on I-5- where 5 and I-205 intersect. The Tualatin River meanders through it- giving rise to river based parks and houses on the river. The core of the town has a lot of 70's and 80's homes- and newer, but as you get out away from the middle of Tualatin, there are some gorgeous country homes- some right on the rivers. It is a sister city to Tigard- the school system is called Tigard-Tualatin- and a lot of the kids who live in Tigard end up going to Tualatin High. It sits south of Tigard, southwest of Lake Oswego , northeast of Sherwood and west of West Linn . It takes about 15 minutes to get into downtown if you are near the freeway.
The downtown area was revamped a few years ago, around a little lake and fountain. There are restaurants on the lake, paddle boats you can rent, and the fountain is like a miniature of the big fountain on Front street in Portland . The kids, and young at heart, run through it all summer long to cool off- it's like getting away to a little resort! And within the next 2 years it will be connected to Wilsonville, Tigard and Beaverton by the new Max Commuter train service- so it will be easy to commute by rail into Portland .
Tualatin is one of the fastest growing communities in the state . It's a really good place to raise a family. When school lets out for the summer, Tualatin offers lots of creative and fun activities to keep children and young people busy: kickflipping at the skateboard park, scrabbling around on the play equipment at Ibach Park, participating in the library's summer reading program, attending a city- and school district-sponsored summer camp for middle schoolers, or paddling a kayak or canoe rented at Brown's Ferry.
Tualatin offers more than 260 acres of high quality parks, natural areas, and greenways- with trails, river access, wetlands and wildlife areas. And it is doing a lot to preserve the wildlife and natural areas around it. Here is a quote from Oregon Live that shows it's plans for the future: " Tualatin recently purchased an adjacent 8.5 acres east of the park and has begun to plan ways to join it to the park. The $1.1 million purchase was made possible by local share funds from the Metro greenspaces bond measure. "Our goal is to develop a Tualatin River greenway from the east urban growth boundary to the west boundary," said Paul Hennon, Tualatin's parks and recreation director. "It would be a corridor used by hikers and bikers, as well as wildlife. We're adding to it as land becomes available and we have the funding."
Brown's Ferry Park , east of Interstate 5, complements the similar-sized Tualatin Community Park on the other side of the freeway. While Tualatin Community Park is developed for recreation, including a skate park under construction, Brown's Ferry Park is more nature-oriented. "We're trying to bring back natural areas and prairie grasses," Hennon said. "As the natural system recovers, it will enhance the wildlife attraction of the pond."
There is a lot of open land- forests, meadows, woods and farmland that surround Tualatin. And as they build houses, they keep green spaces a big part of the neighborhoods. There are a lot of little parks dotted all over Tualatin- with trails that sometimes connect, sometimes don't. There is also a Skate Park for the kids
Every year in the summer, the city has a Crawfish Festival right in a park near the downtown area at Community Park- a 28 acre park on Tualatin Rd - The Crawfish Festival is a fun, family-oriented, festival of live music, food, games, crafts, and the famous crawfish eating contest. They taste like little lobsters or shrimp- and they are all under the rocks in the Tualatin River !
Ibach Park is a 19 acre park centered around the history of the area
Browns Ferry Park- originally was the place a ferry crossed the Tualatin River from Oregon City to Tualatin- so people could get to their land claims- the ferry ran form 1850 to 1856- there were no bridges back then! Now it is a 28 park with boat launch for canoes and kayacks, hiking trails, ponds and wetlands and fields for play
A map of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge shows public access points, mileage, hazards, and points of interest from the mouth of the Tualatin upstream through Washington County can be found on the Tualatin Riverkeepers Web site, which also has more interesting information about the river that runs through the City of Tualatin . Click here to go to the site
Here are some photos from around Tualatin- the Skate Park, the Tualatin River and the Crawfish symbol!
This map shows how close all the gorgeous farmland is to Tualatin- where the freeway is and the river. Click here for an interactive map
Here is the Tualatin River and how it winds through the area. You can see more of this map by clicking on Tualatin Riverkeepers