Orenco Woods Nature Park
Orenco Woods Nature Park Master Plan Report
Hillsboro Parks & Recreation (HP&R), in partnership with Metro and the Trust for Public Land, completed the purchase of the 42-acre former Orenco Woods Golf Course in December 2011. This property adjoins an 11 acre tract purchased by Hillsboro in 2007. Together, the site has been planned for a nature park through a public planning process that culminated in 2013 with the adoption of the Orenco Woods Nature Park Master Plan. The park plan features a network of trails and viewpoints, with a portion of the site developed with picnic shelters, nature play area and restrooms. Extensive habitat restoration will reforest the creek corridor, enhance wetlands, and create oak savannah habitat in areas of the former golf fairways. The 10 acre southeast portion of the site was sold for development with the proceeds to be used to fund the costs of developing the rest of the site as a nature park.
The future nature park is located north of Quatama Road and west of Cornelius Pass, next to the Orenco Elementary School. The site features a scenic blend of rolling topography, open meadows and riparian forest along Rock Creek and its tributary. The site is currently closed to public use while habitat restoration work is underway. Construction begins in spring 2016.
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The Historic McDonald House
In 2013, the City purchased the historic McDonald House, which is located inside the Orenco Woods Nature Park. On January 14, 2015 the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. A separate planning process will develop the site plan and programming for this important resource; a time frame for this effort has not been established.