Our Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited and highly regarded as one of the premier parks and recreation jurisdictions in the region. The department’s outstanding programs, facilities and more than 1,500 acres of open space make significant contributions to Hillsboro’s quality of life. The Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center is a regional arts and entertainment venue and also provides community-centered arts education.
As our two libraries celebrate the centennial of library services to Hillsboro, circulation of materials and attendance continues to grow. The Shute Park Library was fully renovated in 2014 as a new, more beautifully-designed and inviting community gathering place, and the Brookwood Library’s second floor was built out in 2013, adding more than 36,000 square feet of library space. These improvements have doubled the public spaces in the libraries and allow for even better services to the Hillsboro community.
Our Police Department is proud to partner with residents, businesses and community partners to make Hillsboro a safe and great place. They are skilled and talented law enforcement professionals, yet they also know that the right attitude and genuine care for the people who call Hillsboro home make all the difference. School Resource Officers spend many hours in school classrooms teaching drug resistance, gang resistance and life skills. The department holds neighborhood safety meetings, offers citizen academies and conflict resolution resources, and attends various safety fairs.
Our Fire Department responds to fires, medical emergencies, transportation accidents, technical rescues and other emergencies with expertise and professionalism from five fully staffed stations. As Hillsboro grows, the Fire Department strives to ensure the community’s expectations for emergency services can be met and exceeded. When they’re not responding to emergency calls, fire personnel also work diligently to make school visits and attend community events to provide education on how to reduce fires and accidents.
With the continued growth in the City, our Economic Development, Planning and Building departments work to thoughtfully plan for the future transportation, housing, and commercial and industrial needs of our community.
The Hillsboro Water Department has grown into a regional leader in the protection, treatment and delivery of high quality water to our customers in Hillsboro and western Washington County. The City continues its tradition of long-range planning that has allowed the delivery of quality water, while keeping rates affordable to customers and attractive to the needs of economic development.
Our Public Works Department supports the City’s transportation, utility and facilities infrastructure. This includes design and construction of new roadways as well as maintaining the City’s 220 miles of streets, sewer and storm drainage line maintenance, and capital planning, development and maintenance of City facilities.
We also have various support services that are critical to enabling our departments to provide excellent services to the community. They include Finance, Information Services, Human Resources and the City Manager's Office.