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Adopt-a-Trail Program

Adopting a trail is a great way to make a difference in the community. This program provides many different ways for local groups, families, and businesses to get involved and help keep our parks safe and clean.

  • Photo of family working on trail.Bingo Lane Trail - Open
    NW 206th Ave to SW Bingo Lane
  • Gordon Faber Recreation Complex Trail - Open
    NW 229th Ave to NW Parking Lot
  • Hidden Creek Trail - Open
    NE Canard Ct to SE Baseline Rd
  • Jackson Bottom Wetlands - Open
    Bobcat Marsh and the Riparian Trail Loop
  • Jackson Bottom Wetlands - Open
    Kingfisher Marsh Loop
  • Jackson Bottom Wetlands - Open
    North/South Trail
  • Jackson School Woods Trail - Open
    Hamby Park to NE Harwood Dr
  • Orenco Gardens Trail - Adopted
    NE Orenco Gardens Dr to NE 58th Ave
  • Rock Creek Trail - Open
    Cornell Rd & Orchard Park Trail
  • Rock Creek Trail - Open
    Orchard Park to NW Wilkins St 
  • Rock Creek Trail  - Adopted
    Rock Creek Boulevard to NW Cornell Rd
  • Rood Bridge Park - Open
    Rood Bridge Park to SE River Rd
  • Sunny Pond - Open
    SE 67th Ave to Century High School

There may be additional trail sites that can be adopted out upon request.

What does it mean to adopt a trail?

Trail adoption is a great way for individuals and families to give back to their communities on a regular basis. Trail adopters are responsible for regularly removing debris and trash from designated trails. Yearly, trail adopters will be asked to host a public service project where our community is invited to help spread bark chips along the trail. Safety vests, gloves, litter pick up sticks and other supplies will be provided to all adopters. 

What is required to adopt a trail?

  • Fill out an Adopt-a-Trail Application
  • Set up a meeting with the Outdoor Stewardship Coordinator to discuss adoption details and create a work plan based on adopted trail and adopter needs
  • Complete monthly tasks walk-throughs
  • Lead at least one service project each year

What types of tasks and projects can be done in adopted trails?

There are many different projects that adopters can assist with. Each trail provides different needs. These needs will be outlined in the work plan as potential volunteer projects for adopters to complete. Weather and time of year also play a role in determining park projects as each season brings different needs. Here are examples of typical projects:

  • Litter pick up
  • Graffitti removal
  • Native tree and shrub planting 
  • Landscape bed maintenance
  • Prune (Jackson Bottom only) 
  • Spread bark dust/wood chips 
  • Remove invasive plants
  • Rake leaves

Who can adopt a trail?

Any local family or individual can "adopt" a trail in Hillsboro. Larger groups or organizations can adopt a park if interested.

Is it free to adopt a trail?

It is free to adopt a trail; however, time commitments are needed to complete monthly park tasks.

How do I get tools and supplies to do a project on the trail?

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation will provide tools and supplies for park projects. An adopt-a-trail kit will be given to the adopter and includes general park clean up supplies. For group service projects, a tool trailer containing all necessary tools and supplies will be provided.

Is there any group recognition for participating in the Adopt-a-Trail program?

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation will install one acknowledgement sign for trail users to see.

Volunteer Adopt-A-Trail

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