The Metro Council approved the Orenco Woods Nature Park Master Plan at its Nov. 21 meeting. The council also approved "Orenco Woods Nature Park" as the official name for the project.

"Orenco" is taken from the Oregon Nursery Company, which once owned the property.

The park will be located on the site of the former 42-acre Orenco Woods golf course, which closed in 2006 after developers bought it for a subdivision. Work stalled during the Great Recession, however, and the property was purchased by Metro and the city of Hillsboro as part of a regional effort to preserve the lower reaches of Rock Creek. The purchase price was $4 million in 2011, with funds coming from a 2006 ballot measure approved by Metro voters to acquire open spaces and natural lands.

In January 2013, 11 acres of the property were sold to Polygon Northwest Company LLC for development for $3.4 million.

The Hillsboro Planning Commission approved the initial plan in June 2013.

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