Q&A: What You Need to Know About the Crescent Park Greenway
What is the Crescent Park Greenway?
A greenway is a collection of natural areas, parks, and trailheads connected by green spaces and tied together by trails. In 2015, Hillsboro community members helped create the vision for the 16-mile Crescent Park Greenway, which will include stream corridors, natural areas, and recreational amenities. In 2018, the Hillsboro City Council prioritized support for the planning and development of the Greenway.
Where will the Crescent Park Greenway be?
The Greenway will wrap around Hillsboro’s edges in a “C” shape — with the north end beginning at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex and heading west, then south behind the historic Pioneer Cemetery, and ending in South Hillsboro. Exact locations of the Greenway are being evaluated.
Why is the Greenway important for the City of Hillsboro’s future?
City staff heard the community’s interest in expanding recreational facilities and opportunities, and recognized those goals in the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan. The Greenway creates interactive trails with amenities, protects natural resources, and adds and promotes off-street trails citywide.
What progress has the City made so far?
At outreach events in 2015, community members offered input on a citywide trail system that led to the vision of the Crescent Park Greenway. In 2018, City staff are translating that vision into a “concept plan,” or a roadmap, that will guide the Greenway’s development and its amenities.
What are the next steps?
The concept plan identifies the complexities and costs that come with creating an enjoyable greenway for everyone in Hillsboro. After the Hillsboro City Council adopts the plan, the City will partner with community members and groups to locate and design the Greenway, as well as trails and amenities.
When could Crescent Park Greenway become a reality?
As South Hillsboro is developed, portions of the Greenway are being developed, too. In the next five years, as much as 4-1/2 miles of the Crescent Park Greenway trail could be built. The entire 16-mile Greenway could take up to 30 years to complete.