Cornelius “Oregon’s Family Town”
Situated between Hillsboro and Forest Grove, Cornelius is a growing city that has maintained its agricultural heritage. Its farming community provides agricultural products to the Portland metro area and beyond, the Oregon coast, and as far as Cowlitz County in Washington State. The City is surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and vineyards where visitors can u-pick, shop at a roadside farm store, play a round at Forest Hills or Pumpkin Ridge golf course, and then top it off with a film or concert in the park.
Parks and Community
The city’s parks department operates 11 parks available to use throughout the city. The parks department is well known for the care, precision and dedication in keeping up Cornelius’ parks. Many of these spaces complement neighborhoods, providing courts, green spaces, picnic spots and playgrounds.
There will be something for all to enjoy outside. Play a game of basketball at Dogwood Park or try out the outdoor play structure. Watch a high school football game at Harleman Park; and after, enjoy a picnic under the large structure next to an open grass lawn. If tennis is your style, bring a racket for a game at the on-site court.
Have a dog? Head over to newly reopened Water Park for the off leash area with your canine companion. On Baseline Street, stop by Veteran’s Memorial Park to take a stroll, where in December you can view the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Cornelius has a rich history of agriculture. Because of this, many migrant families came to place roots in Cornelius. The influence of these families brought to the community is prevalent from the founding of Centro De Cultural, the Virginia Garcia Medical Center and the many family run businesses found across the city.
A group of migrant families looking to create a vibrant community space in Cornelius founded Centro Cultural. Centro primarily serves low income, and communities of color throughout Washington County. Centro supports community wellness, youth development, and economic development. Be sure to check out two major events Centro coordinates and runs such as Dia Los Muertos on November 1st or Dia De Los Ninos in April.