Walnut Street Park

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Walnut Street Park
Walnut Street Park - Hillsboro, Oregon.JPG
Type Public, city
Location Hillsboro, Oregon
United States
Coordinates 45°31′32″N 122°59′14″W / 45.52556°N 122.98722°W / 45.52556; -122.98722Coordinates: 45°31′32″N 122°59′14″W / 45.52556°N 122.98722°W / 45.52556; -122.98722
Area 2.5 acres (10,000 m2)
Created 1998
Operated by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
Status open
Parking On-street parking

Walnut Street Park is a small municipal park in Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Opened in 1998, the park covers 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) along southeast Walnut Street a several blocks east of Tenth Avenue in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood.

History[edit]

The park was built around 1998 in the mainly Hispanic neighborhood southeast of Downtown Hillsboro.[1] During a gang fight in 2001 at the park, one person was hospitalized with a stab wound,[2] and around 2005 a picnic table was stolen from the park.[1] The park was added by the Hillsboro School District to the list of parks used for the district’s free summer lunch program in 2006.[3]

Walnut Street Park was the scene of a shooting in March 2008,[4] and an arrest for a stabbing in July 2011.[5] The shooting was considered gang related,[4] while the stabbing was a domestic disturbance at a nearby home where the suspect then hid in the park.[5] Sexual Minorities of Washington County adopted the park in 2009 as part of the cities Adopt a Park program.[6]

In 2012, a federal grant paid for improvements at the park, including a splash pad.[7] Other improvements paid for by the $175,000 grants included new park benches and grass.[7] The park received new sod in October 2012 as part of the same renovations.[8] The used sod came from a former softball field at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex that was removed to make way for the new Hillsboro baseball stadium.[8] A man was arrested in March 2014 for firing gunshots in the park.[9][10]

Amenities[edit]

The 2.5-acre (1.0 ha) park is in a residential neighborhood, surrounded by housing and does not have any natural areas.[1] Walnut Street Park does have many older deciduous trees throughout, along with grassy areas.[1] Other features of the park include sidewalks, picnic tables, a children’s playground, picnic shelter, soccer field, and a basketball court.[11] The park only has on-street parking along Walnut Street.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Stevens, Michael O. (March 29, 2010). "Hillsboro Park of the Week: Walnut Street". OregonLive.com. 
  2. ^ "Community Snapshot: Public Safety". The Oregonian. May 8, 2001. p. West Zoner D2. 
  3. ^ Demlow, Kay (July 6, 2006). "Neighborhood Roundup: In parks, there is such a thing as a free lunch". The Oregonian. p. Metro West Neighbors 9. 
  4. ^ a b Wingo, Melanie (March 8, 2008). "Gunshots fired in Hillsboro park strike teen". KATU. 
  5. ^ a b "Hillsboro police investigating". FOX 12. July 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hillsboro park adoptions bring multiple benefits". The Hillsboro Argus. August 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Fuller, Kathy (September 27, 2012). "Hillsboro's Walnut Street Park debuts new splash pad Friday for water play". The Hillsboro Argus. 
  8. ^ a b Redden, Jim (October 4, 2012). "Stadium work includes recycling material". Hillsboro Tribune. 
  9. ^ Bailey Jr., Everton (March 25, 2014). "Man who claimed he was going to 'take over Oregon' arrested in Hillsboro park shooting". The Oregonian. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Woolington, Rebecca (March 19, 2014). "Hillsboro police look for possible gang member who showed girls gun, fired shots in park". The Oregonian. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Walnut Street Park". Hillsboro Parks & Trails. City of Hillsboro. Retrieved October 26, 2012.