Sandy is fast becoming one of Oregon’s
most popular relocation destinations.
From 2000 to 2010, Sandy was the fifth
fastest growing city in the state. Some of
this popularity is due to the pastoral feel
of the community, where residents enjoy a
rural lifestyle while still having the urban
amenities of nearby metropolitan Portland, just 25 miles away. Residents who
have moved to Sandy recently praise its
publicly-owned Internet service provider,
SandyNet, which can deliver a gigabit
fiber-optic Internet connection at any
home or business within city limits.
Playing in the great outdoors is also a
strong draw to the community. Known
as the “Gateway to Mount Hood”, Sandy
offers the outdoor enthusiast a variety of
choices for recreation. Sandy is the closest
city to the ski resorts on the mountain,
which offers the longest skiing and snowboarding season anywhere in America.
Sandy is ten minutes away from the Mt.
Hood National Forest, a million-acre
wonderland of campgrounds, hiking and
equestrian trails, and hunting and fishing
options. Hood to Coast, the world’s
largest relay race, comes through downtown Sandy every August with thousands
of runners. And for cyclists, Sandy is right
next door to Sandy Ridge, a free, world-class mountain bike flow trail complex.
Sandy prides itself on being a close-knit,
inclusive community. The new Sandy
High School, completed in 2012, is a
state-of-the-art facility providing a quality
educational experience. Visitors and resi-
dents find a wide selection of restaurants
and shops to visit, and families espe-
cially enjoy surrounding parks including
Meinig Memorial Park and its Fantasy
Forest, where the annual Sandy Mountain
Festival is held every July. The city holds
a number of community events in the
downtown corridor every year, including
a free summer concert series, free movies
and theater in Meinig Park, and the
Sandy Library’s Coffee House concerts
on the first Friday of every month. Sandy
residents are also very active in local
community organizations like AntFarm,
Kiwanis and the Sandy Action Center.
West Linn is known as the City of Hills,
Trees and Rivers. Nestled next to the
Willamette and Tualatin rivers, the city
has scenic vistas in nearly every direction.
But what the community knows best
about West Linn is what a great place it is
to raise a family.
The schools in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District are routinely named
among the best in the state as well as the
nation. With one high school, two middle
schools and six primary schools in West
Linn, students are taught by award-winning teachers in world-class facilities.
The City of West Linn boasts 600 acres
of park land, which is impressive for a
city that is 7. 39 square miles. That green
space provides plenty of room for families
to play, hike, exercise and just get away
from it all. The Parks and Recreation
Department provides year-round oppor-
tunities for sports, classes, camps and
activities. They also sponsor popular
events like the Old Time Fair, Movies in
the Park and Concerts in the Park.
The West Linn Public Library is a vibrant
and vital part of life in the city. Since
opening its doors in 1939 with a collection
of 350 books and two magazine subscriptions, the West Linn Public Library has
grown with the community and is now
a welcoming 28,000-square-foot facility
with two public meeting rooms, a public
art gallery, two computer labs and wireless access throughout the building.
Thanks to an extremely low crime rate,
families also feel safe and secure in West
Linn. The city is routinely named among
the safest in the state and the nation.
Family Circle Magazine and Money Magazine have also named West Linn as one of
the best places to live and to raise a family.
Perhaps the city’s greatest asset is its
residents. In West Linn, residents truly
look out for one another and the city
itself. From Take Care of West Linn Day
to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the
community is loaded with volunteers who
help make West Linn great day after day.
Wilsonville, Oregon is located on the
southern end of the Portland metropolitan
area and is the gateway to the verdant Willamette Valley. Once a small farming
community, Wilsonville is now a thriving
city of over 23,000 residents who enjoy both