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City Manager's Report: Hillsboro is Growing Bigger... and Growing Better
by Michael Brown, Hillsboro City Manager
Did you see Hillsboro’s population is now 101,540? Our city is growing bigger – and growing better.
The Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan – and before it, the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan – is guiding our city’s work. As a result, Hillsboro’s growth is creating new opportunities and a higher quality of life for many residents. Still, we continue to address our challenges, support the people who need our services most, and enhance livability wherever possible.
We plan ahead to provide public safety protection, ensure safe buildings and clean water, build new roads, and enhance existing streets with sidewalks and bicycle lanes to increase mobility.
Think about the new parks that have opened in the City of Hillsboro in the last 20 years:
- Orenco Woods Nature Park (2017)
- Cornell Creek Park (2016)
- 53rd Avenue Community Park (2008)
- Magnolia Park (2008)
- Hondo Dog Park (2007)
- Orchard Park (2003)
- Reedville Creek Park (2003)
- Rood Bridge Park (1999)
Our community is among the most diverse in Oregon, and the City has created and enhanced numerous community spaces for us to gather together:
- Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station (2015)
- Shute Park Library's renovation (2014)
- Brookwood Library's expansion (2013)
- Ron Tonkin Field (2013)
- Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza (2005)
- Hillsboro Stadium (1999)
In these spaces, we have launched new community events, including:
- OrenKoFest (2015)
- Winter Village (2015)
- SHARC Fest (2015)
- Celebrate Hillsboro (2005)
- The Latino Cultural Festival (2004)
- The Hillsboro Farmers' Market at Orenco Station (2003)
We've enjoyed new restaurants, grocery stores, and entertainment options: Bag&Baggage (2005), the Hillsboro Hops (2013), and TopGolf (2016). We have many new reasons to stay in town and avoid driving elsewhere, and our growing community has created new customers for our small businesses.
Hillsboro is growing, and not just bigger. We're growing better.