Dirksen Nature Park

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In 2010, the city purchased a 48-acre property near Fowler Middle School. The property has become Tigard's second largest park and offers a mix of mature forest, wetlands, and open space. The area is home to turtles, frogs, salamanders, red-tailed hawks, owls and herons. The park is bordered by Fowler Middle School to the south, Tiedeman Avenue to the east, and Tigard Street to the north. Fanno Creek and its tributary, Summer Creek, flow through the site, which serves as an outdoor classroom for environmental education.  The park was named in honor of former mayor Craig Dirksen who was a proponent for the acquisition of park land and open space.

Dirksen Park Project Updates 

June 26, 2023

  • Tigard Street Community Trail: Pavement has been replaced along the new community trail and is open for public use.
  • Off-Street Parking Lot and Pathways: The Off-street parking lot will open once we place a new “No Parking” marker in the access aisle between the ADA parking stalls.The new pathway in the park between the Summer Creek bridge and Fanno Creek trail is open for public use.
  • Wetland Boardwalk:  We are waiting for some additional bolting to be completed.  We expect the boardwalk to open in the next 2 weeks.


Current Project Details 

Dirksen Nature Park has multiple construction projects currently underway.  

Completed CIP Projects

More Projects Coming Soon

  • Dirksen Nature Park – Small Nature Play (Near Parking Area on Tigard Street)
  • Dirksen Nature Park – Multi-Use Sports Field
  • Dirksen Nature Park – Site Interpretive Elements