The Hillsboro City Council will consider the name 'Hidden Creek Community Center' at its Jan. 7 meeting.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - A rendering of Hillsboro's new community center at Northeast 53rd Avenue.After receiving more than 150 responses from the community, the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Commission has recommended a name for the city's new community center.

The Hillsboro City Council will consider the name "Hidden Creek Community Center" at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The name refers to the 200-household neighborhood called "Hidden Creek" where the community center will be located along Northeast 53rd Avenue, said communications resources manager Mary Loftin.

The commission conducted outreach via city newsletters, the city's website social media during October and November, and commissioners reviewed each response before agreeing on a name to recommend.

"There were so many great names suggested for the new community center," said Gwynne Pitts, chair of the commission, in a statement from the city. "In the end, the commissioners and I agreed it's best to use a geographic name that will help more people locate and use this amazing new facility."

Parks & Recreation Director Dave Miletich said more than a dozen people suggested the name to the commission.

"We truly appreciate everyone who suggested a name for the new community center, and we love the enthusiasm it represents," Miletich said.

The Hillsboro Public Works Department is currently working to extend Northeast Hidden Creek Drive from 53rd Avenue to Northeast 47th Avenue. The extension will provide access to the community center from both the east and west.

The city broke ground on the community center in May 2019, and city officials say it's on track to open in late 2020.

The two-story community center will be double the size of the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center, making it the largest Parks & Recreation project in the city's history.

The $35 million project culminates more than a decade of work to construct a new community center, which city officials say will allow easier access to recreation for more people in Hillsboro.

The community center will include a two-court gymnasium, cardio rooms, weight rooms, exercise and dance rooms, community rooms, a commercial kitchen, and a banquet hall capable of seating more than 250 people for musical performances, banquet dinners or birthday parties.

Last May, Sean Morgan, Hillsboro's senior recreation manager, said the city wants the project to eventually include a second phase, which would add a swimming pool and aquatic center.

After voters rejected a $44.5 million ballot measure that would have paid for the community center, as well as a half-dozen other parks around the city, officials scaled down initial plans for the project and postponed construction of the aquatic center.

Loftin said the city still has plans for a second phase with an aquatic center, but officials don't yet know when it will break ground.

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