Tualatin is located at the nexus of Interstate 5, Interstate 205 and the Tualatin River. This growing community has evolved from an agricultural neighborhood of 750 residents in 1970 to a bustling suburban city of nearly 25,000 people. Tualatin is thriving with a growing real estate market, new commercial business opportunities, and manufacturing land uses.
Parks, art walks, heritage trees, and crawfish festivals are all hallmarks of Tualatin. The city is a rapidly growing attraction in the beautiful Oregon landscape, with only thirteen miles separating residents from bustling Portland.
Tualatin is most commonly known as home to the majority of Bridgeport Village, a luxurious shopping complex that opened in 2005. Bridgeport offers a European-style shopping experience, with an open air market feel. There are dozens of designed shops lining the walkways of Bridgeport Village. Some shoppers drop by to window shop during their lunch breaks, and others come to this complex to spend an entire day.
Everyone is Tualatin gets involved during the annual ArtSplash. This local juried art show is held on the Commons lakefront every July. Each year, fifty artists feature various works in oils, acrylics, photography, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, and more. Residents are free to browse the exhibits and purchase original work from the artists.
The Tualatin Crawfish Festival, held in August, is another favorite summer event. Known as the nation’s oldest crawfish festival, the community wide celebration includes a parade, live entertainment, kid’s activities, and lots and lots of good food – including crawfish!
The Art Walk is another area attraction that draws a crowd. This self guided tour of Tualatin’s public art is constantly changing as new artists emerge. There are four loops with interconnected trails, with distances varying from one third to one mile long. Map kiosks and interpretive signs assist visitors in experiencing and interpreting the many different kinds of art represented on the Artwalk. The features range from sculptures to murals to a mastodon skeleton. It’s a fun and informative way to see public art that even small children will enjoy.
Tualatins art doesnt stop with man-made exhibits. Gorgeous trees outshine even the areas most brilliant artists. Tualatin has been recognized as a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to planting and maintaining trees.
The Heritage Tree Program works hard to protect old trees and plant new ones along the streets of Tualatin. The green feel of the city makes it the perfect place to spend time. Residents enjoy playing in the lush, well kept parks and paddling along the tranquil Tualatin River.
With more than 200 acres of parks, Tualatin Commons is a 19 acre park that includes an interactive fountain, a three acre lake, and a pedestrian promenade. Residents enjoy dozens of recreation opportunities at Community Park including an award winning Skate Park, a senior center, a community center, and several youth activities.
Because of its beauty, Tualatin is sometimes used as a filming location for Hollywood movies. Most recently “Management” starring Jennifer Aniston was slotted to visit Tualatins gorgeous landscape.
No matter where you come from, a visit to Tualatin will leave you longing to stay forever. The gorgeous countryside and the welcoming community atmosphere make Tualatin the perfect place to live.