Hillsboro is Oregon’s 5th largest city and is regularly ranked as one of the best places in America to live and retire. With good schools, a great library, well-maintained parks, the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market, a hometown baseball team the Hillsboro Hops, Hondo Off-Leash Dog Park, Showtime at Shute summer concerts, Streets of Tanasbourne and The Venetian Theatre & Bistro, what’s not to love? For more info about the City of Hillsboro, visit the website here.
Magnolia Park (1810 NW 192nd Avenue)Magnolia Park is Hillsboro’s first park with a zero-depth water play feature with spray jets. It is located within easy viewing of the picnic shelter and picnic area.
53rd Avenue Community Park (333 NE 53rd Avenue) Open 9 am – 8 pm all days, except Thursdays when it is open 10 am – 8 pm. It features geysers, spray elements and a curved seating wall. The feature has a programmed spray sequences that provides a sense of whimsy and delight. An automatic timer activates the feature during warmer daylight hours during the summer.
Walnut Street Park (1717 SE Walnut Street) The sprayground features brightly colored above ground elements that spray and mist that are user activated. The sprayground is located between the playground and pavilion.
The Hillsboro Civic Center Fountain (150 E Main Street) Monday – Friday from 8 am – 8 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am – 2 pm. During July and August, the fountain is open Monday – Sunday from 8 am – 8 pm, though this is subject to change without notice.
The Hillsboro Public Library has an expanding Library of Things to check out. These things include a collection of bakeware, kitchen gadgets, and tech toys, which takes the concept of borrowing from a library to the next level. The Library of Things includes Arduino kits, Finch robots, Makey Makey Kits, Ozobots, Kill-A-Watt Energy Monitors, and more. It is the first library in Oregon to offer a collection of bakeware and kitchen gadgets. Items can be checked out for seven days, but are not renewable. Nearly 60 bakeware items have been borrowed almost 400 times since the library first added them to the catalog in November 2014. The latest additions include a food dehydrator, ice cream maker, deep fryer, large crockpot, canning kit, a tortilla press and more.
Hillsboro is one of Oregon’s centers of high technology. Most of Hillsboro’s commercial industry is done in park like industrial campus settings designed to blend in with the countryside. Companies such as Intel, Planar Systems, FEI and others offer opportunities for career and community growth. The local airport provides services to large companies that operate their own commercial air fleets. The city’s proximity to jobs, recreation, and cultural amenities, as well as it’s “small town” charm, makes Hillsboro an attractive community for new residents and local employees.