Sucking Down Crawdads in Tualatin, Oregon
Swimming is not allowed at the Tualatin Commons, and jet skiing around the modest-sized, man-made lake would definitely be a no-no. Paddling around in a giant, carved-out pumpkin, however, is strongly encouraged each October, as is sucking the innards out of crawdads at the right time of year. The commons provide an inviting living room for locals and visitors to gather for music, festivities, and food from a variety of vendors during all months of the year. Children can frolic in the plaza fountain on hot summer days, or spend time racing remote-controlled boats in the water. Adults enjoy a sip of fine merlot from Parallel 45 or a cocktail from Hayden’s Grill, relishing in a respite from the daily grind in this suburban oasis. From former pet-food factory to vibrant community gathering spot, the Tualatin Commons have come a long way.