Editors Note: The planned appeal that I had filed for the new Hillsboro Hops Stadium was withdrawn just before the hearing. While there were a lot of unresolved issues, the facts indicated that for me to mount a meaningful appeal, I was required to spend almost $20,000 in personal funds to hire traffic consultants to prove our points. The City of Hillsboro had not provided much data, leaving me the only one to do it to refute the statements they had made on the record. In the end it was better for me and the process to step back and work with the situation as it is. Still unfunded and unresolved, the stadium project is moving ahead. The death of my Mother happened at the same time, which made me remember that Mom always made the best of every situation and was a great public servant- she would advise me to realize when it is time to step aside- even if I do not want to. In addition, I met with the Hops ownership, and we have entered into an agreement to develop a Washington County Sports History display in the new stadium, should it be built. This was not required, and I am happy they accepted the request and will be working with me and the Hillsboro Historical Society on this.
The Hillsboro Parks and Recreation District has posted an online statement about the new Hillsboro Hops Stadium proposal. Anyone paying attention to this hotly contested proposal knows that it will mean the destruction of three of the 6 premier recreational fields at the Gordon Faber Recreational Complex. Looking ahead, the Parks and Recreation team are asking for community input and opinions about what to do as a part of the space being reinvented. Almost all of the tournaments traditionally held at the GFRC have been canceled, and the programs for the next few years will be greatly impacted. While not resolved, funding for the new ballpark seems inevitable even if the City Council needs to loan the team the money to fill the $20 Million funding gap. State and County funds are expected to be committed, too.
For the Record, let us all assume the new Stadium is a Go- assuming that fact, what do you want to see as a part of the reinvented complex?
UPDATE: Down Below you will be asked to take the survey. However, the questions all have a predetermined outcome that the new Stadium is happening. Since I posted the original story things have really heated up on Social Media and boy the Hillsboro Parks Facebook Page is full of great ideas and some really heated debate- that will not come through in the Survey I am afraid. Have a look:
From the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department:
Plans for the replacement fields are in development and designs are based on the findings and recommendations found in the Loss of Use Report(External link). The report details the impact a new ballpark would have on community use at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. It was developed through analysis of current and historic uses at the complex, looking at hours that would be lost and gained for the community with shifting uses among facilities there.
As the replacement fields project moves forward, community members are invited to weigh in on options for the new fields along with other potential amenities that could be incorporated into the project. Please see the survey below.
Additional background information can be found on the Hillsboro Hops Ballpark project webpage(External link).