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Park district planning chief Bergsma to retire


Aisha Willits, THPRD deputy director of planning, to succeed him

Hal Bergsma, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s planning director for the past six years, will retire from his position on Friday.by: TUALATIN HILLS PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT - HAL BERGSMA

Aisha Willits, the district’s deputy director of planning, will succeed Bergsma. She served for 14 years in Washington County’s Planning Division, including a role as principal planner.

Bergsma came to the district in May 2008 after serving long-running planning-oriented roles with Washington County and the city of Beaverton. He also served in similar roles with the cities of Garden Grove and Monrovia, Calif.

Bergsma’s primary park district focus was leading the implementation of a $100 million bond measure voters approved in November 2008. His key functions included establishing land acquisition procedures and identifying properties to acquire for parks, trails and natural areas.

“Hal’s experience made him uniquely qualified to come on board during a very critical time with the bond measure,” said THPRD General Manager Doug Menke. “The ability to send Hal to a meeting ensured that the district would have a significant voice at the table. He had relationships and thoroughly understood land use.”by: TUALATIN HILLS PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT - ALISHA WILLITS

Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving 230,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area.

For more information, visit thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.