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Hillsboro Library Staff, Library of Things Among 2018 Best of Hillsboro Awards Winners
City of Hillsboro residents love the Hillsboro Public Library, and it shows in the voting for the 2018 Best of Hillsboro Awards.
For the first time in its four-year history, a Best of Hillsboro Awards category ended in a tie as the Hillsboro Public Library staff and the Library of Things received equal support to win the honor of being called the “Best Hillsboro Library Feature.”
More than 300 people cast votes online and in person at Celebrate Hillsboro on Saturday, July 21. Winners in the six categories will be formally announced at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 7. Created in 2015, the Best of Hillsboro Awards survey the community to help identify what makes living in Hillsboro special. Finalists are selected based on community members’ nominees.
Best Library Feature: Nearly a Three-Way Tie
The Best Hillsboro Library Feature category proved exceptionally competitive. Self-check machines finished just a handful of votes behind the Library staff and Library of Things in the voting, and the top three choices each earned more than 26 percent of voters’ support to best two other finalists: Storytimes and The Collaboratory.
The Library also took home the title of Best Place to Stay Cool in Summer in one of the closest competitions, narrowly besting the 53rd Avenue Community Park sprayground, SHARC swimming pools, the Hillsboro Civic Center fountain, and the Magnolia Park spraygound.
Other Best of Hillsboro Winners
Rood Bridge Park was selected as the Best Place to Have a Child’s Birthday Party in Hillsboro, finishing ahead of a Hillsboro Hops game at Ron Tonkin Field. But Rood Bridge Park was bested by the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets in the category of Best Place to See and Smell the Flowers.
Voters selected the Rock Creek Trail as Best Place to Ride a Bike, while the Oregon Coast: Cannon Beach, Seaside & Beyond earned the title of Best Quick Road Trip Destination from Hillsboro with support from nearly two out of every three voters.
Best Hillsboro Library Feature
(TIE) Library Staff, The Library of Things (26.5 percent each)
3rd Place: Self-check machines (26.1 percent)
Runners-up (in order of finish): Storytimes, The Collaboratory
Best Place to Ride a Bike
Rock Creek Trail (48 percent)
2nd Place: Dawson Creek/Brookwood Parkway (33 percent)
3rd Place: North Hillsboro (7 percent)
Runners-up (in order of finish): Reedville Creek Skate Park, NE Veterans Drive
Best Place to Stay Cool in Summer
Hillsboro Public Library (26 percent)
2nd Place: (TIE) 53rd Avenue Community Park sprayground, SHARC swimming pools (23 percent each)
Runners-up (in order of finish): Hillsboro Civic Center fountain, Magnolia Park sprayground
Best Place to See and Smell the Flowers
Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets (36 percent)
2nd Place: Rood Bridge Park (29 percent)
3rd Place: Harold Eastman Rose Garden (16 percent)
Runners-up (in order of finish): VanderZanden Farms, Washington County Courthouse lawn
Best Quick Road Trip Destination from Hillsboro
The Coast: Cannon Beach, Seaside & Beyond (66 percent)
2nd Place: Tillamook State Forest (16 percent)
3rd Place: Willamette Valley wineries (9 percent)
Runners-up (in order of finish): Stub Stewart State Park, Wings & Waves Waterpark in McMinnville
Best Place to Have a Child’s Birthday Party
Rood Bridge Park (26 percent)
2nd Place: Hillsboro Hops game at Ron Tonkin Field (18 percent)
3rd Place: Out of This World Pizza (17 percent)
Runners-up (in order of finish): Shute Park, 53rd Avenue Community Park, Outdoors In