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Best of Hillsboro Awards

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Created in 2015, the Best of Hillsboro awards survey the community to help us identify what makes our City so special.

Every summer, community members nominate their favorite aspects of our community to select finalists in each category, then vote to choose the winners.

Select your favorites when you vote for the 2019 Best of Hillsboro Awards

Winners will be announced in Happening in Hillsboro, the City's e-newsletter, and on the City of Hillsboro website.

2018 Best of Hillsboro Award Results

More than 300 people cast their votes online and in person for our 2018 Best of Hillsboro Awards. 

For the first time in the four-year history of the awards, a category ended in a tie as the Hillsboro Public Library Staff and the Library of Things both took home first place as Best Library Feature.

The Library was the star of the 2018 Awards, as it was also voted Best Place to Stay Cool In Summer, narrowly defeating the 53rd Ave Community Park Spragyround and SHARC swimming pools. 

See all of the 2018 Best of Hillsboro Award Winners below. 

Best Hillsboro Library Feature

Hillsboro Public Library Staff and the Library of Things tied to win this title!
Each received 26.5 percent of the vote. 

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

2017 Best of Hillsboro Award Results

Best Tourist Attraction

Hillsboro Hops at Ron Tonkin Field

Runners-up (in order of finish): Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals; Downtown Hillsboro restaurants; TopGolf; Bag&Baggage Productions

Best Place to People Watch

Hillsboro Farmers' Market/Tuesday Night Market

Runners-up: First Tuesday Art Walk/Main Street in Downtown Hillsboro; Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station; Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza; Streets of Tanasbourne

Best Local Fresh Produce or Crop

Hood strawberries

Runners-up: Blueberries; Raspberries; Peaches; Garlic

Best Picnic Spot

Rood Bridge Park

Runners-up: Shute Park; Dawson Creek area by Brookwood Library; Orenco Woods Nature Park; Shadywood Park

Best Place for Teens to Gather

Tuesday Night Market

Runners-up: Insomnia Coffee Company; Reedville Creek Skate Park; Hillsboro Hops games; SHARC

Best Community Event

Celebrate Hillsboro

Runners-up: Place: Washington County Fair; Oregon International Air Show; Downtown Parades: St. Patrick’s Day/4th of July; Latino Cultural Festival; Farm-to-Table Dinner

2016 Best of Hillsboro Award Results

Best Park

Rood Bridge Park

Runners-up (in order of finish): Shute Park; 53rd Avenue Park; Noble Woods Park; Gordon Faber Recreation Complex (Hillsboro Stadium, Ron Tonkin Field)

Best Place to Hear Music

Showtime at Shute summer concerts

Runners-up: Tuesday Night Market; Primrose & Tumbleweed; The Walters Cultural Arts Center; Pizzario; Coyote’s Bar & Grill

Best Date Idea

Hillsboro Hops game

Runners-up: Tuesday Night Market; Restaurant hopping at Orenco Station; Dinner Downtown and a Bag & Baggage play; Dinner Downtown and a concert at the Walters

Best Public Art

Chief Kno-tah at Shute Park

Runners-up: The Burger Family; Barometer at Ron Tonkin Field; Dancing Chairs; Champion Flock of Weedeaters/Sheep on the Go

Best Place to Volunteer

Hillsboro School District

Runners-up: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation; Hillsboro Public Library; HomePlate Youth Services; Tuesday Night Market

Best Playground

Shute Park

Runners-up: 53rd Avenue Park; Rood Bridge Park; Outdoors In; Reedville Creek Park


2015 Best of Hillsboro Award Results

Best Place to Spend a Weekend Afternoon

The Hillsboro Farmers' Market

Runners-up (in order of finish): A Hillsboro Hops game; Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve; the Hillsboro Main Library; Hondo Dog Park.

Best View

Mt. Hood

Runners-up: The Hillsboro Main Library from the second floor looking at Dawson Creek; Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve; Rood Bridge Park; from the stands at a Hillsboro Hops game.

Best Place for a Walk

Rood Bridge Park

Runners-up: Dawson Creek/Hillsboro Main Library; Noble Woods Park; Rock Creek Trail; Orenco Station.

Best Local Landmark

The Courthouse Sequoias

Runners-up: The A & W Family by SHARC; Chief Kno-Tah at Shute Park; the Walters Cultural Arts Center; the Washington County Courthouse

Best Hidden Gem

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Runners-up: Noble Woods Park; the Walters Cultural Arts Center; the Washington County Museum; M & M Marketplace

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Town Guest

The Hillsboro Farmers' Market

Runners-up: A Hillsboro Hops game; Concerts at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, or Showtime at Shute; the Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum; the Streets of Tanasbourne.