a public school district of two middle schools
and of 10 elementary schools. Residents
enjoy over 22 parks in Oregon City, and
access to the Willamette and Clackamas
rivers, which are boundaries to neighboring
cities West Linn, and Gladstone, respectively.
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 public-ly-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 residents find a wide selection of restaurants
and shops to visit, and families especially
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 Depart-
ment provides year-round opportunities 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