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City Council

Jerry Willey, Mayor Aron Carleson, President Darell Lumaco Megan Braze Olga Acu単a Steve Callaway Fred Nachtigal

Children love the new sand pit feature at Shute Park.

Parks & Recreation Commission Jay Leo, Chair Gwynne Pitts, Vice Chair Jule Karlbom Ken Phelan Lisa Goodwin Chris Mannen Aisha Willits

Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council Elizabeth Oberlin, Chair Carol Loughner, Vice Chair Marcia Arganbright Ed Arrington Deborah Clarke Cindy Dauer Debby Garman Bernie Kuehn BJ Jeddeloh Christine Martell Barbara Mason Anita Menon Lynn Scheller Doug Sellers Bryan Welsh

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department Wayne Gross, Director 4400 NW 229th Avenue Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 503-681-6120 Printed on recycled paper.

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Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing diverse, innovative and exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of our citizens.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR I am pleased to present to you the Fiscal Year 2012–2013 Annual Report for the Department of Parks & Recreation. As this report indicates, we had a very exciting, challenging and rewarding year as we continued to address the leisure needs of an ever-growing community. Fortunately, we have a very dedicated and creative staff that is committed to delivering the best possible service to Hillsboro. Our work is directed by a very thoughtful Parks & Recreation Commission and supplemented by a vast network of volunteers and partnering organizations. Some of the many highlights from the year include: • • • • • • Wayne Gross, Hillsboro Parks • & Recreation Director • •

acquired 14 acres of land for future parks, extended the Rock Creek Trail from Orchard Park to Wilkins Street, completed the Master Plan for the 42-acre Orenco Woods Nature Park, developed an Indoor Facilities Master Plan, installed a new spray ground at Walnut Street Park, launched a co-ed adult kickball league, assumed management of Showtime at Shute – the free summer concert series, developed a greatly enhanced Youth Advisory Committee, and launched HillboroARTS Magazine.

Beyond the projects and the hundreds of recreation programs and events that we produced, our year was highlighted by the effort to bring professional baseball to Hillsboro. This involved negotiating an agreement with a team and then designing and constructing a ballpark. Normally this would be a multi-year process but all of this was accomplished in a little over a year. Given the strong political leadership from the Mayor and City Council, we were able to come to terms on a 20 year lease agreement with the team that became the Hillsboro Hops. Once a deal was agreed upon, the City assembled a strong team of staff, consultants and contractors to design and build a ballpark within just nine months. The groundbreaking occurred September 21, 2012, and on June 13, 2013, the ribbon was cut and the doors opened to a beautiful state of the art facility. The 4,500 capacity ballpark was completed on time and within budget. The Hops opened the Hillsboro Ballpark in style by entertaining a sellout opening night crowd with a smashing 12 – 1 victory over the Eugene Emeralds. More than just a baseball stadium, the multi-purpose Hillsboro Ballpark will be a tremendous community asset that will be programmed by our Recreation staff with sports leagues, camps, and special events. Our local high school teams will also make use of the all weather turf for soccer, lacrosse, football and baseball. While we fondly reflect on our many accomplishments during the past year, we are eager to continue our work in the new year to provide diverse, innovative and exceptional recreation and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of our residents. Warmest Regards,

Wayne E. Gross, Director

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Kids enjoyed the various activities at the Outpost.

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To use, give or devote time, talent and resources for a purpose or achievement. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation chooses to invest its resources for the betterment of the Hillsboro community and its citizens. We build on our mission to invest in our public, providing opportunities for citizens of all ages to grow and be well through recreation, conservation & creation.

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youth education AND

The future belongs to our youth. They are the guardians who will protect and safeguard our community and pass it on to the next generation. We invest in the next generation by providing opportunities for young people to experience educational and recreational programs to ensure that each is better equipped to move out into the world.

YOUTH SPORTS & LEAGUES Youth sports leagues impact hundreds of children across the Hillsboro community by providing opportunities to compete, as a team, in sports such as basketball, lacrosse and volleyball. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation provides recreational leagues for basketball (Hillsboro Youth Basketball), lacrosse (Hillsboro Area Lacrosse Organizetion) and volleyball (Hillsboro Youth Volleyball). These leagues span ages from first grade through high school and offer youth the opportunity to learn a sport, teamwork and sportsmanship while having fun and improving fitness levels. Another opportunity for Hillsboro children to compete is at four crosscountry meets held at local high schools and Rood Bridge Park each fall. More than 200 youth from schools all over Oregon competed in the 2012. The annual All Comers Track Meets take place every July in conjunction with the Track Club program. More than 300 people came to Hare Field/Eldon Kellar Track to compete in track and field events in 2013. In the fall of 2012, the first All Comers Family 5k event was held at Rood Bridge Park. The event was so successful that a series was created, featuring three more races in the fiscal year.

A cross country meet at Rood Bridge Park.

Over 6,210 students and 864 adult helpers experienced hands-on education in traveling and field programs. Staff presented 12 science/ nature-related programs to approximately 300 children at the Hillsboro Main Library. Seven different groups of Boy Scouts and Weblos explored the wetlands and earned badges. Nine week-long sessions of summer camps encouraged youth to get outside, gain outdoor skills, investigate ecology and get their hands on insects, reptiles, macro invertebrates and amphibians. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve also had the opportunity to partner with Portland Audubon Society and Clean Water Services to provide programming for the Bienestar program.

Sarah Pinnock teaches a young naturalist about amphibians.


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SUMMER CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES Hillsboro Arts Summer Camps (HAS, SOR/CampAmp) are some of the most rapidly growing programs that the Recreation Division offered in FY 2012-13. Middle school and high school age children explore their interests in performing arts, production and other various creative outlets. Children select a ‘major’ as well as ‘electives’ which define the groups or bands that they form. Bands are given the opportunity to perform on stage at the annual Celebrate Hillsboro festival. Other summer camps continued to thrive, as well. Sizzling Summer and Zone Adventure Camps continued to be popular day camps, as did those held at the SHARC and Jackson Bottom. Camp offerings also included shorter, partial day camps where kids could learn sports, creative arts or science skills. In all, 37 full day camps and 74 partial day camps were offered during the summer of 2013. The Outpost at Shute Park’s 8th successful year handed out 12,759 free lunches to area youth in a nine-week period. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation’s team led 3,696 kids to get active through Super Hero Training, and over 5,000 kids visited the Craft Corral. This year the Outpost logged over 2,500 volunteer hours, including helping hands from various City locations and departments such as the Hillsboro Civic Center, Water, Public Works, Fire, Police and Park Maintenance. Community partners such as Frontier Communications and the Hillsboro Hops baseball team came out to help as well.

The Sizzling Summer Day Camp visited Ski Bowl and got to ride the alpine slides.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation continues its after school presence at Hillsboro School District school sites. The BLAST (Bringing Leadership Arts Sports Together) program expanded to 18 elementary schools and offered homework programs at four elementary schools. Unique and fun enrichment classes and after school sports programs in addition to homework programs at “The Zone” rounded out the after school programs at all four middle schools. TRY (Team of Recreational Youth) finished its 9th year with more than 20 participants representing each of the four middle schools. The group learned about what makes their community special, how different City departments work together to provide services for residents and how volunteerism adds quality to their own lives, as well as the lives of others.

A young girl enjoys her reading during the Homework Help program.


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sports recreation AND

Adults need to play too! Hillsboro adults enjoy sports, classes and activities designed for folks of every age to exercise their muscles, including the brain. We want our citizens to be well in mind and body. We are dedicated to offering enrichment and recreational activities for people of all ages and interests. It is our intent to make wellness, fitness, socialization and mental growth available to residents of all ages.

FITNESS & WELLNESS AT SHUTE PARK AQUATIC & RECREATION CENTER (SHARC) SHARC is a full-service recreation center, offering spa services such as massage in addition to health and fitness programming. During FY 2012–13, fitness equipment was updated to remain ergonomic and user friendly for all fitness levels. Large, flat-screen televisions were installed in the Cardio Room, improving the workout experience. The 3rd annual Hillsboro Fitness Challenge remained an impactful tool for improving the health of the Hillsboro community. 87 participants worked hard to lose a total of 191.2 lbs. Phase 2 encouraged 35 individuals to train for and participate in the second All Comers Family 5k in May. Drop-in group exercise class brought in an average of 2,879 participants weekly, and the addition of seven new water exercise programs added 4,512 participants, adding up to a total of 60,203 visits in the fiscal year. SHARC offered a variety of specialty classes from preschool and youth arts & crafts to dance and activity classes, to training for Pediatric First Aid and CPR for Babysitters. Courses to certify pool operators for other facilities were also held. The ever-popular KidFit Room continues to provide a safe and fun environment for children of folks who are using the facility.

As the only swim center in Hillsboro, the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) is a busy place, and aquatics programs, including swim lessons, continue to thrive. More than 96,920 participants generated $622,866 in revenue in FY 2012-13. As the home aquatic site for all four Hillsboro high schools and for the Hillsboro Heat Swim Team, SHARC hosted 16 swim meets and eight water polo matches as well as each of these groups’ practice activities. The Hillsboro Heat’s activities resulted in 29,620 visits and $24,969 in revenue.


An indoor cycling class at SHARC.

Expanded programming to adults has helped to fill the community’s needs this fiscal year. We increased program offerings at established sites like Peter Boscow and Tyson Recreation Center by adding more sessions of established, high-demand courses and increased program offerings at less-used sites. The Boxing Conditioning program at Peter Boscow has grown steadily through the years, and more than 55 participants of all ages took part in the class in 2012-13. This class is largely successful due to the wonderful instructor, Rudy Aguero, or “Coach,” as he’s fondly called by his students. Rudy’s high-energy, no-nonsense approach to instruction makes this a fun class for participants of all ages and is a model for continued programming.

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SPORTS COMPLEXES Hillsboro Parks & Recreation operates three sports complexes for our citizens’ use. At 90 acres, the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex is the largest and most diverse, featuring space for soccer, lacrosse, softball, kickball, football, baseball, softball, band and music competitions, corporate and private events and much more. In 2012, the ASA 14U A Western National Championship was held at the venue, as were OSAA Championships, the Hippie Chick Half Marathon and other running events. The complex housed 700 events in 305 days during the fiscal year, and Hillsboro Ballpark opened in June 2013. The 53rd Avenue Sports fields were heavily used by area high schools, community members, sports clubs and leagues. They are used year round for a multitude of sports, including soccer soccer, lacrosse and other sports. 718 events took place in FY 2012-13 with 95,000 participants and revenue of $53,616. The Fairgrounds Sports Complex’s natural grass fields are maintained and managed by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation and are used for youth soccer, softball and baseball. The complex hosted 435 events and 25,000 people, with total revenue of $6,320. Top: Soccer league at Hillsboro Stadium. Bottom: The Gordon Faber Recreation Complex after completion of the Hillsboro Ballpark.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation’s Adult Sports Leagues continue to fill and grow. During FY 2012–13, 406 teams participated in 22 leagues, up from 263 teams just five years ago. League sports offered to adults during the fiscal year included the following. • Men’s flag football • Men’s basketball • Men’s, women’s and coed softball • Women’s and coed volleyball • Men’s and coed soccer.

SPORTS & FITNESS Men’s softball at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

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fifty better AND

The Hillsboro Community Senior Center is a place where citizens ages 50+ are welcome to find activities to enrich their lives. Here you will find friends, food, wellness opportunities, fitness classes, celebrations and so much more.

WELLNESS & FITNESS You’re never too old to take good care of yourself, and the Hillsboro Community Senior Center provides great opportunities to help, like the Flu Shot Clinic provided by Rite Aid, Hearing Loss Lecture & Hearing Tests provided by SmartStep Hearing, Blood Pressure Checks with Home Instead and Hillsboro Lions Club eye screenings. Classes like Zumba Gold, Tai Chi and Gentle Yoga help keep patrons fit and flexible. Classes designed specifically for the over 50 population are also held at SHARC and include SilverSneakers® and Silver&Fit®. Attendance at these programs continues to grow, yielding 26,869 visits and $86,524 in revenue in Fiscal Year 2012–13. It can be difficult to understand the subtle differences between insurance carriers and their plans, so a Medicare 101 course was presented at the Senior Center to explain open enrollment, changes to the program and whether to change plans. There were also three local Medicare providers in the Center to offer information on their individual plans.

Silver & Fit® Class at SHARC.

Learning doesn’t stop when you reach “a certain age.” Educational opportunities for all ages abound throughout Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, and we took advantage of some nationally known events like Older Americans Month and Active Aging Week to introduce many of the department’s programs that would be particularly beneficial to this age group and are free or low-cost.

Top: an Intel volunteer gives digital media instruction.

New technology can be intimidating, so the Hillsboro Library and volunteers from Intel were invited to teach patrons at the Senior Center to use their iPads, eReaders, smart phones and more. This training is provided in both English and Spanish. The Walters Cultural Arts Center is providing art instruction at the Center, and Chef Tadashi has begun sharing his cooking secrets with those lucky enough to sign up for his classes.

Bottom: Watercolor painting class.


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MEALS & FOOD Patrons expressed a real desire to continue operating an independent meal site at the Hillsboro Senior Center. A slight fee increase helped to meet rising food costs, but a reduced lunch program keeps the program accessible for all Hillsboro residents. Lunch is provided Monday – Friday (except holidays) and a number of special event meals such as the first outdoor BBQ in Shute Park or the Oktoberfest Celebration on a Saturday night have been added. Since the city assumed operations of the nutrition program, the Senior Center kitchen has served 19,304 lunches through June 2013. Staff became City personnel as of July 1, 2012, and the Center’s kitchen now has a head chef, a part-time assistant chef and three part-time kitchen aids. Volunteers are an important part of our mealtime staff as they function as servers, hosts/hostesses and pickup drivers. Top: Patrons in festive attire enjoy the Yuletide Feast at the Senior Center. Bottom: A volunteer unpacks donated food items at the Senior Center.

The Hillsboro Community Senior Center provides a robust travel schedule, offering great trips to destinations both near and far throughout the year. These low-cost opportunities took patrons to nearby places like downtown Portland for a behind the scenes tour, to Depoe Bay for a crab feed and boat show and to Pendleton for their fabulous underground tour. They also went farther, to the deep south to visit Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island and St. Augustine, exploring southern charm, and then got back to nature with Canyon County, a tour of three of America’s scenic National Parks: the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. The holidays were celebrated both near and far: one trip to Branson, MO for a musical holiday, and one holiday dinner cruise aboard the Portland Spirit to enjoy the Christmas ships. Seniors pose in front of a sequoia on a recent trip to the Oregon and California coasts.


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Four-legged visitors at one of Jackson Bottom Wetllands Preserve’s viewing shelters.

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conservation, preservation & creation

Our parks provide recreational places and natural spaces for our citizens to learn, play and relax. Our conservation efforts include historic homes and parks filled with natural areas side by side with playgrounds and sports fields. We make continual improvements to better serve all facets of our community, creating more inclusive, safe places for families to enjoy.

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conservation, preservation AND creation

Conservation is practiced in a variety of ways at Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. One unique way to conserve made itself available in FY 2012–13. Prior to construction of the Hillsboro Ballpark, Parks Maintenance staff removed close to 30 pallets of sod from the old field and reused it at Walnut Street Park, Shute Park and to spruce up other sites around Hillsboro.

CONSERVATION EFFORTS Wetlands Restoration: Thriving partnerships with the Port of Portland, ODOT, Clean Water Services and Ducks Unlimited allowed restoration projects to successfully continue throughout Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve (JBWP). Watershed Restoration: In collaboration with Clean Water Services and the Hillsboro Public Works Department, JBWP staff administered the City’s Tree Challenge Program, facilitating the planting of over 150,000 native trees and shrubs along creeks and waterways in the Tualatin River Basin to improve watershed health and habitat. Young volunteers aid in conservation efforts by planting native trees at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

Masters House: The oldest home in Washington County has begun to receive some much-needed attention. A plan to stabilize the structure was finalized and work has begun to secure this cultural resource. A preservation plan is being developed which will indicate the period of historic significance to which the house will be restored and preserved. McDonald House: Located in the undeveloped Orenco Woods Nature Park, this historic home was built in 1912 by Malcolm McDonald, co-founder of the Oregon Nursery Company. The building requires some stabilization and preservation, but when complete it may house cultural arts and nature-based programming opportunities, special events and rentals that are compatible with the nature park in which it rests. The McDonald House was acquired in FY 2012–13.


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CREATION OF NEW PARKS AND FEATURES New Parks: During FY 2012-13, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation planned and facilitated the development of Magnolia Meadows Park, a new 3.95 acre park expected to be completed in winter 2014. The 4.78 acre AmberGlen South Central Park, designed by the industrial park developer, was acquired as a central park feature in the AmberGlen community. In addition, Rock Creek Trail was extended from Orchard Park to Wilkins Street, a signalized mid-block crossing was installed at Evergreen Parkway and new trail heads were developed. Improvements include parking, picnic areas, playgrounds, restroom, wetland restoration and landscaping and benches. In total, 14.50 acres of land was acquired. David Hill Community Garden: In partnership with the Hillsboro School District, construction is underway on the newest community garden at the David Hill School site. This garden, scheduled for a mid-September completion, will have 49 plots and will open for plot reservations in August 2013.

Magnolia Meadows

Community garden construction.

Hillsboro Ballpark: The Hillsboro Ballpark Grand Opening took place on June 13, 2013 and the Hillsboro Hops professional baseball team hosted their first home game the following week. The Ballpark was erected on an abbreviated schedule, with the groundbreaking on September 21, 2012 and events taking place there less than nine months later. Hillsboro Ballpark is a 130,000 sq. ft., 3,500-seat, 4,500-capacity multi-purpose facility with allweather turf, and will see use by the Hillsboro Hops, Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation leagues and is available for rentals. After the groundbreaking, the natural grass of the softball field was salvaged and used in park improvement projects around the city. Hillsboro Ballpark

Top: Painting at the Senior Center.

Bottom: Shelter installation at Dairy Creek Park.

The Hillsboro Community Senior Center received some sprucing up with fresh paint and new carpets. Additional parking spaces were added, a critical need as patronage increases. New, city-supported computer equipment was installed in the library so patrons have access to working computers and components. A number of parks received significant upgrades this year, including shelters, playgrounds, furnishings, parking improvements and more. Walnut Street Park became more popular than ever in the summer months with the addition of a sprayground water feature and many other improvements. Other parks that received facelifts include Dairy Creek Park, Shute Park, and 53rd Avenue Community Park. Many of these improvements were funded by a Community Block Grant and a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant.

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Painter at the Hillsboro Plein Air outdoor painting event.

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engage & inspire

Every citizen deserves the opportunity to make their world more beautiful through art, whether music, theater, dance, sculpture, painting or something different. Whether you’re an artist or an art lover, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation strives to provide opportunities for everyone. With an ever-growing lineup of arts education, concerts, gallery exhibits and public art as well as artsbased events and publication, Hillsboro sports a vibrant arts scene.

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enrich entertain AND

Our cultural arts programming engages the community through moving performances, enriching arts education for students of every age and inspires collaboration and creativity.

EDUCATION Classes featuring the arts include everything from studio arts like painting, drawing and pottery to performance art like music and theater to professional development, like learning how to market your business or write grants. Expanded opportunities included spring break camps, providing young students with an opportunity to flex their creativity and develop new skills. One of the most popular in-house offerings is the weekly Thursday Family Art Night, which provides a drop-in opportunity for busy families and small groups to have a hands-on art experience on the spur of the moment for a nominal fee. The Professional Development Workshop Series provided close to 150 participants with opportunities for useful and accessible training. A student working at a potter’s wheel.

The 2012-2013 Concert Season attracted over 2,200 patrons and featured a diverse season of performances and exciting new collaborations with preeminent regional companies like Portland Opera, BodyVox and Kalabharathi School of Dance, while the Gallery Season featured a dynamic selection of artists working in sculpture, fiber art, photography, encaustic painting and more.

A concert at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

The 9th Annual Youth Art Exhibit brought students, families, educators, and community stakeholders together to celebrate and recognize the talents of young artists and fine arts faculty members of Hillsboro area high schools. For the first time, the winning student’s teacher also received an award to benefit the needs of their school’s art program.


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ENRICHMENT THROUGH PUBLIC ART “Barometer” by Devin Laurence Field, an interactive sculpture with sound and light, helped inaugurate the new Ballpark Stadium as the first major public art commission. Hometown team, the Hillsboro Hops, contributed the funding to make integrated LED lights possible. “Wine with Friends,” a watercolor by Sandra Pearce was selected from 104 entries as the annual purchase for the official gift from the Mayor to represent the city. Sixteen artworks donated by Sequoia Gallery + Studios were added to the public art collection and are on display in city facilities. With a grant from the Juan Young Trust, photographer Julie Keefe was able to work with students at South Meadows Middle School to interview and create portraits of people they admire. This program, called the Hello Neighbor Project helps to build connections between young people and their community. Hillsboro blacksmith-artist Tim Gabriel crafted a beautiful gate depicting wetlands plants and creatures to grace the northentrance to the restored wetlands at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

“Barometer” by Devin Fields is located at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

HILLSBORO ARTS & CULTURE ENDOWMENT The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment was established in partnership with Hillsboro Community Foundation as a long-term, sustainable funding source for arts and culture in Hillsboro. The fund acquired $70,000 in donations in its first year. These funds allowed the Hillsboro Community Arts & Culture Grants program to award grants to 11 organizations in 2013, contributing at total of $24,140 to strengthen local arts and culture programs.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation engages its citizens in many ways. The HACC provides a number of outreach events and programs, including the Hillsboro Plein Air outdoor painting competition which drew 41 participating painters as well as many observers in FY 2012-13. The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Summit and the Arts & Culture Leadership Summit both provide networking and outreach for the arts community, and the Local Scene, a monthly e-blast promoting local arts and culture events, provides insight to the local arts scene. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation works with community partners such as the Hillsboro Chamber and the Hillsboro Community Foundation to improve and keep our services current and relevant.

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The Hillsboro Hops were special guests at Celebrate Hillsboro.

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To commemorate a person, a group or an event with ceremonies or festivities. We celebrate our community by commemorating its citizens, past and present, its landmarks and its history. Our history and traditions are rich and our future is bright. Celebrate with us as we take note of the meaning and purpose inherent in Hillsboro.

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We celebrate our citizens, our contemporaries and our successes. At Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, we believe we are lucky to be working with and for some of the best people around. Together, we achieve great things. Here are some of those celebrations.



For more than 30 years, Showtime at Shute has filled Shute Park with a diverse offering of live music and entertainment, bringing out more than 1,000 people and their blankets weekly to its free concerts. Hillsboro Community Arts, who had produced the series, disbanded in 2013, entrusting Hillsboro Parks & Recreation to continue to produce a successful series. The transition was seamless.

Since Hillsboro is known throughout the region as a great place to raise a family, it’s only fitting that this free, family-friendly street festival has become a tradition and a great source of hometown pride. In 2013, approximately 10,000 people made their way to historic downtown Hillsboro to take part in live music, a local farmers’ market, arts and crafts, healthy and sustainable living activities, and community booths that promote Hillsboro 2020.

HILLSBORO PLEIN AIR Artists and art lovers came from all over the region to enjoy this annual event. In 2012, Artists were invited to paint scenes at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve as well as in downtown Hillsboro, resulting in fabulous works, many of which were exhibited at the Walters Gallery in October.

Dedicated to helping Hillsboro live full, healthy lives, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation premiered the All Comers Family 5k Running Series in 2012–13 with five 5k runs in five different Hillsboro parks. The series attracts families and individuals of all abilities and age groups who run or walk 3.1 miles to the finish. At just $5 (free for runners 17 and younger), the All Comers Family 5k Running Series is an easy and affordable way to achieve family fitness goals.

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OTHER EVENTS All Comers Track Meets are an annual, free summer event held each July. Hundreds of Hillsboro residents compete in track and field events at Hare Field/Ruecker Stadium/Elden Kellar Track. Youth Turkey Trot: A free fun run for boys and girls through the 8th grade to get active and boost their metabolisms before Thanksgiving. The 18 year tradition brings youths back year after year to run in hopes of winning a free turkey. A Visit with Santa: Hillsboro Holly Days has become an annual tradition, welcoming the holiday season in Hillsboro’s historic downtown. A Winter Market, special tree lighting and the oh-so-important Visit with Santa. Hundreds line up to give Santa their wish lists and have a photo taken. A partnership event with Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace and City of Hillsboro, the day buzzes with holiday cheer and excitement.

Top: A little girl shares her Christmas wish with Santa.

Bottom: National Dance Day.

National Dance Day: For the first time, Hillsboro celebrated this national event by offering a free experience with a dance instructor leading a crowd at Shute Park in a three-hour dance party. At this inaugural event, 75 people of all ages moved to the beat to celebrate fitness.

Just a few of the many Hillsboro Parks & Recreation success stories from FY 2012-3 included the following. • Built and opened Hillsboro Ballpark on time and on budget. • Approved Orenco Woods Master Plan for future nature Park. • Approved Indoor Facilities Master Plan. • Expanded BLAST to 18 elementary schools. • Selected and installed Barometer, interactive public art at Hillsboro Ballpark. • Implemented the first five events of the new, annual All Comers 5k Series.

Volunteers hand out lunches at the Outpost.

• Served nearly 13,000 lunches at the Outpost at Shute Park, a free summer lunch and activities program for children ages 0 –18.

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The serenity of nature is plentiful at Orenco Woods Nature Park.

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To be grateful or thankful for, to value or regard highly, to be fully conscious or aware of. Behind each park, facility, activity or event is a person or people who place value on our community, its people and its places. Without them, our efforts would yield much smaller returns. We appreciate you, our volunteers, community partners and sponsors, boards and commissions and grantors.

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Hillsboro Parks & Recreation works with people and organizations who share our passion for nature, inspiration, culture and adventure. Because of their willingness to join us in creating new opportunities and places we are able to provide a better experience for our citizens.

MAYOR’S YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (YAC) This group of 25 high school students was carefully selected through an application and interview process to provide advice and assistance to the Mayor and City Council in addition to maintaining the intense schedule of events and activities undertaken by the group. The council created pillars of focus for their group: education, environment, and equality, and undertook many efforts to raise awareness and mitigate these topics. Some of the responsibilities these youth took on included • Sponsored and managed the Youth Art Exhibit in cooperation with the Walters Cultural Arts Center. • Attended the National League of Cities Conference in Washington, D.C. and met with and offered their viewpoints to our legislative leadership, keeping them abreast of youth opinions and issues. • Volunteer hours to the Mayor’s State of the City Address, the Outpost at Shute Park, Hillsboro 2020 Town Hall, Adopt-a-Park, Celebrate Hillsboro and HomePlate Youth Services.

The 2012-13 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

• Raised funds to offer a scholarship to a deserving local student. • Filmed Public Service Announcements to raise awareness about bullying, education, environment and equality.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is the beneficiary of many non-profit partnerships, some dedicated to certain areas of service, like the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Non-Profit and the Supporters of the Senior Center of Hillsboro, Inc., and others that have elected to work with us or provide funding for certain programs or events, like the Hillsboro Community Foundation and the Hillsboro Schools Foundation. We are grateful for all of the support we get from each of them.

Bingo is a frequent fundraiser for the Supporters of the Senior Center of Hillsboro, Inc.


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VOLUNTEERS During fiscal year 2012–13, 2,911 volunteers completed 20,559 working hours at parks, events and programs with Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. The monetary value of these services is approximately $529,394. A BIG thank you goes out to our wonderful volunteers. Some volunteer highlights include the following. Pacific University’s Federal Work Study Program provided six student interns who worked at the Community Senior Center, Walters Cultural Arts Center, special events, and as a Co-YAC Advisor. Tree-for-All: Over 400 volunteers planted over 3,500 native trees and shrubs at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Tree-For-All and other watershed sites. Intel employees dedicated over 1,770 volunteer hours to various parks, programs, and events, resulting in more than $17,000 in matching funds from Intel Involved, including funds to the Supporters of the Hillsboro Senior Center and the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Nonprofit. The Hillsboro School District faculty and students provide year-round support in parks and in the classroom. Hillsboro schools and programs adopt parks, set up regular volunteer projects, complete senior projects, and dedicate hundreds of volunteer hours annually to support special events The Hillsboro School District’s Hillsboro Investment Program (HIP) provided 50 students to gain work experience in the parks. Crews of 20-30 students worked over 1,200 hours at different parks/sites each day during this 4-week program. The YAC fund-raised to award $500 to the HIP Summer Program to purchase TriMet passes for participating youth to access the program. At the Hillsboro Community Senior Center, more than 100 volunteers average over 400 hours each month and new applications are received each week. The Hillsboro School District, Umpqua Bank, and Intel are three groups providing growing support in the dining room, and youth support increases during the summer months. Two hundred and three active volunteers donated 4,882 hours to support vital programs at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Volunteers serve as Visitor Center Guides and complete service learning projects. Various corporate groups and community members such as SOLV, Intel and Eagle Scouts completed projects at the Preserve and Tualatin River Farm.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is supported and governed by a number of boards and commissions, including the Hillsboro City Council, the Parks & Recreation Commission and the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council. Staff serves as a liaison on the Hillsboro Community Foundation and the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Nonprofit Board.

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS Julie Karlbom speaks at a Parks Commission Meeting.

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community corporate partners AND

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is honored to pay tribute to the community and corporate partners whose extraordinary generosity makes it possible to provide the excellent description services, programs and events we strive to create.

Hillsboro Argus Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Hillsboro Community Arts Hillsboro Community Foundation Hillsboro Dog Association Hillsboro Farmers’ Market Hillsboro Fire Department Hillsboro HEAT Swim Team Hillsboro Hops Hillsboro Library Hillsboro Lions Club Hillsboro Police Department Hillsboro Public Works AARP Albertsons

Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living

Hillsboro School District Hillsboro Schools Foundation

Al’s Garden Center

Cultural Coalition of Washington County

Amelia’s Restaurant

Evergreen Christian Center

American Rhododendron Society, Tualatin Valley Chapter

Evergreen Hillsboro Health & Rehabilitation Center


Dairy Queen


Award Specialties

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Hutchins TV & Appliance

Bike for Fun

Ducks Unlimited

Iglesia de Sonrise

Breaking Ink


I’m Hooked, Inc.

Calvary Lutheran Church

Frontier Communications

Insomnia Coffee Company

Claeys Catering

HART (Hillsboro Actor’s Regional Theatre)

Intel & Intel Involved

Clean Water Services Community of Christ Church

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace Hillsboro Water Department Home Instead Senior Care

Harvest Community Church

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Nonprofit

Health Net

Kaiser Permanente

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KUIK AM 1360

Sports Authority

Land & Water Conservation Fund


Larkspur Landing

Supporters of the Community Senior Center of Hillsboro, Inc

Laurel Parc Legal Aid Services of Oregon Longbottom Coffee & Tea Metro Regional Government Metro Mountain Climbing & Kidnasium NW

Sweet Tomatoes Synergy Home Care Synopsys The Venetian Trader Joe’s


Park Adopters make a difference in our community by taking on responsibility for a specific park and helping to keep it safe and clean. Many organize for volunteer projects to plant trees and plants, remove invasive species, groom trails and much more. Park Adopters during 2012-13 include the following.

Community Foundation

Trinity Lutheran Church

New Life Baptist Church

Tualatin Riverkeepers

Northwest Trail Alliance

Tualatin Valley Rose Society

Century High PAC

Oregon Arts Commission

Tualatin Valley Garden Club

Enrich All

Oregon Council of the Humanities

Tuality Healthcare

Ewart Family

United Health Care

Hillsboro Dog Association

Oregon Cultural Trust

Unitus Community Credit Union

Oregon Department of Transportation

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa

Oregon Food Bank

Vineyard Kids

Oregon Mandolin Orchestra

Walters Family Foundation

Oregon Recreation and Parks Department

Washington County Arts, Heritage & Humanities Coalition

Oregon Zoo

Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition

Orenco Presbyterian Church OSU Extension Service Port of Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council REI, Inc. Rock Creek Retirement

Washington County Commission on Children & Families Washington County Disability Aging & Veterans Services Washington County Office of Community Development

Blanton Family CDI Solutions

Hillsboro Key Clubs Hillsboro Kiwanis Hillsboro Nazarene Church Intel Intel IT Kaiser Permanente Lacey’s House Miller Education Center High School Miller Education Center InSchool & Connect Program New Seasons Market REI Roots and Shoots Sparks Family

Rosewood Park

Washington County Visitors Association

Tualatin Valley Garden Club

SmartStep Hearing

Wells Fargo

Tualatin Valley Rose Society


Westport Church

USDA Service Center

Sonic Drive-In

Whole Foods Market

Washco BTC

Sonrise Church

Work for Art

Soroptimists International of Hillsboro

89.9 KQAC All Classical

West Valley Church Whole Foods YAC

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financial summary comparative statistics AND





$2,735,991 12.2%

Capital Expenses



Facility Costs



Parks Maintenance



Support Services and Depreciation



Aquatic and Recreation Center



Recreation Programs



Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council



Gordon Faber Recreation Complex







General Fund Allocations Facility Fund Allocations Grants/Donations





$555,715 2.3%

System Development Charges Utilized 2012-13*



Aquatic and Recreation Center Fees/Rentals



Recreation Program Fees/Rentals



Gordon Faber Recreation Complex Fees/Rentals



Other General Revenue



Total: 24,162,940 100.0% *System Development Charge revenue in 2012-13 surpassed $3.5 million and reserves are in excess of $2 million.

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Overall Parks Revenue Recreation Programs Revenue Recreation Program Registrations After School Program Registrations Total Grant/Donation Revenue Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center Fees/Rentals Gordon Faber Recreation Complex Revenue

2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 $2,665,131




























Gordon Faber Recreation Complex Days of Use





Gordon Faber Recreation Complex Number of Events
























Arts Center Total Revenue Arts Center Events (Rentals)


Revenue Arts Center Total Number of Events Total Number of Facility Rentals Facilities and Rentals Total Revenue

*Stadium was closed for three months for turf replacement.


Facilities and Rentals Total Revenue


Arts Center Events (Rentals) Revenue


Arts Center Total Revenue GFRC Revenue

$612,217 $1,352,329

Shute Park Aquatic and Receration Center Fees/Rentals


Recreation Programs Revenue


Total Grant/Donation Revenue Overall Parks & Recreation Operating Revenue


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Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Annual Report 2012-13  
Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Annual Report 2012-13  

The annual report of the HIllsboro Parks & Recreation Department, Hillsboro, Oregon.