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Hillsboro Wayfinding Project

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You have arrived!

“You have arrived to an amazing community!” After public input and extensive planning, the City is in the process of installing wayfinding signage, welcome gateways, and information kiosks that reflect the great things that are growing in Hillsboro and help locals and visitors alike navigate our community.

The overall Hillsboro wayfinding program features multiple creative, beautiful and functional wayfinding elements including welcome gateways, vehicular and pedestrian directional signs, artistic banners, information kiosks, and parking identification. Goals for Hillsboro's wayfinding are to create a sense that you’ve arrived to an amazing City, to build identity and pride, and to help locals and visitors navigate and discover Hillsboro’s history, parks, culture and businesses. Some wayfinding elements have been installed, and there will be multiple phases of installation around the community over the next number of years (see more details below). Hillsboro Wayfinding image

Click here to view the full design package. Please note that artwork included in the design is illustrative only and art in the final pieces will represent the various diverse areas of Hillsboro.


Background on the Hillsboro Wayfinding Program
Hillsboro is a vibrant and diverse community. We take pride in our agricultural heritage and values as we continue to work together to plant seeds for livability, cultivate and nurture innovation, and grow great things. To support this, the City is working with community partners to create a wayfinding system that conveys “you have arrived to an amazing community!” We want to ensure this system reflects the great things that are growing in Hillsboro, generates community pride, helps locals and visitors navigate and discover our history, culture, parks, resources and businesses – and makes Hillsboro a place people want to live, work, visit, play and stay!

Thphotos of existing Hillsboro wayfindinge current directional signage in Hillsboro is a jumbled and confusing array of sign types, colors and configurations – see visual on the right. Our goal is to transition to a strategic, trustworthy and consistent city-wide system over the next number of years.

Hillsboro’s Wayfinding Vision:
  • Authentically Reflect Hillsboro
  • Provide a warm welcome
  • Inspire exploration
  • Celebrate history, culture and diversity
  • Integrate graphics, public art, and the built and natural environment
  • Incorporate pedestrian and bicycle wayfinding to encourage modes of transportation other than vehicular
  • Reflect each unique area of town while identifying all as Hillsboro

Project Status and Timeline:

  • 2014-17: Creative & functional “Hillsboro” wayfinding design created with community input; Sign location map and specific sign messages plan created; Phased, multi-year installation plan created based on sign priorities and budget estimates for fabrication, installation and maintenance costs; art for signs toppers and artistic panels created representing Hillsboro's unique areas.
  • 2017-18: Fabricated and installed:
    • Downtown Hillsboro: colorful welcome banners, digital and static info kiosks - The City was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Washington County Visitors Association for Downtown Hillsboro digital and static information kiosks
    • South Hillsboro: welcome gateway
    • Orenco Station Jerry Willey Plaza: digital info kiosk
    • Shute Park Campus: digital info kiosk
    • Tanasbourne: static info kiosk

    (Digital kiosks include digital outdoor screens containing a detailed map to help people find key locations in the areas they are placed in, as well as scrolling text boards highlighting current events in the area. They also feature public WiFi hotspots, and solar panels that power down lighting from underneath the roof of the structure. The static information kiosks on the Civic Center's south plaza, on Main Street near the Hatfield Government Center Max Station, and in Tanasbourne between Kaiser Westside Hospital and the Streets of Tanasbourne, all feature a detailed map of the local area.) 

  • 2020 and beyond: Continued phased installation as budget permits, including Downtown pedestrian directional and parking signs, welcome gateways, vehicular directional signs, and various Hillsboro wayfinding elements in South Hillsboro.

More Information:

Please feel free to contact City of Hillsboro Public Works Department with questions about the wayfinding program.