City moves to purchase eight-acre park site in South Hillsboro

Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Department is growing and making long-range and near-term plans.

With Orenco Station Plaza opening this weekend, another new park — Cornell Creek Park, located just a few hundred yards away — is set to open this fall.

Cornell Creek Park sits at the corner of Cornell Road and 231st Avenue, and is intended as a neighborhood park for those living in the high density developments in the immediate vicinity.

As such there is no parking area for cars.

The four-acre park has an off-leash dog area that is already open. The rest of the park is slated to be complete by late October, according to Hillsboro Parks & Recreation spokeswoman Mary Loftin.

Amenities will include looped walking trails, a bocce ball court, and an outdoor pingpong table.

The Hillsboro City Council earlier this month passed two resolutions pertaining to future parks.

The first was for the design, engineering and fabrication of three pedestrian bridges in the future Orenco Woods Nature Park. The city will pay Western Wood Structures of Tualatin $577,880 to design and fabricate the bridges, which will be a part of the park’s loop trail.

Construction of the park is set to begin in spring 2016.

In a second resolution, the city council unanimously approved the purchase of an 8.22-acre parcel in the South Hillsboro planning area for just over $2 million, to be the site of a future community park.

The purchase will use parks system development charge funds and will include a lease-back agreement, allowing the seller to continue to live on the property for up to two years.

The land, just east of Southwest 229th Avenue, abuts part of Butternut Creek and a 20-acre parcel already owned by the city for a future park.

The property is also adjacent to a 10-acre parcel owned by the Hillsboro School District that is planned as a future site for a new elementary school.

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