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Magnolia Park – Hillsboro
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What’s to Love:  Magnolia is a very cute little park in a semi-residential area of Hillsboro.  I say “semi-residential” due to the fact this area of Hillsboro has a combination of planned residential areas surrounded by retail/businesses.  I’m not sure how this city plan works for Hillsboro.  I will say with confidence that Hillsboro has one of the most comprehensive park systems you’ll find anywhere. You could spend weeks (or more) exploring all the various options for parks.  Check-out the map!

We were actually on our way to Orchard Park to play disc golf and boulder when we stumbled accidentally into Magnolia Park.  Like most of the parks in this area, it’s spotless and everything looks brand new.

Magnolia has a sheltered area that can be reserved (check the website below).  In addition, this park has grills!  It’s hard to find a stationary grill next to picnic benches in the greater Portland area.  If you want to have a BBQ, Magnolia would be a nice spot!  There is a single tennis court and a small basketball area – again, very nice like they just were built.

Caveats:  Although it has paved paths, it’s probably too small for biking, scootering, and/or other wheeled activities.  Basketball area is not a full court – just a single basket for shooting.

Website:  Hillsboro Park and Recreation Site – Magnolia Park

Distance from Portland:  It’s about 12 miles from downtown Portland.  Here is a Google Map.

Recommended Ages:  Nice play structure, but I think this park is best for kids 8 and younger, especially due to the smaller size of the park.

Parental Stress Factor:  Seems like a sleepy park, and I say that in a good way!  I’m sure it’s pretty stress free.  Traffic could ruin your day, so be careful when you head-out in this direction!

Physical Difficulty:  Easy to get around and barrier free.  Paved-paths make this a fairly accessible park.  The terrain is mostly flat with some small hills.

Family Fun Factor:  If you’re coming to BBQ and play some tennis or shoot some hoops, this would be a fun stop for the whole family.

Pet Friendly:  Yes, but dogs must be on a leash at all times.  Not a great place to bring a dog – it’s just too small.  There is a nearby dog park:  Hondo Dog Park that looks encouraging.

Weather Considerations:  Definitely best in sunny weather due to the water feature.  Shelter is big enough to offer shade and cover from the rain.

Insider Info:  Magnolia Park is right next to Whole Foods, if you want to pick up some snacks or a lunch.  Bring some checkers or chess pieces! There are permanent boards with seats next to the shelter.  This is a nice touch!

Family Tips:  Excellent area set aside for a spray park!  I would think it’s best for kids 5 and younger.  My older son sort of scoffed at it, but I think younger kids would really enjoy it.  Combine this with a trip over to Orchard Park, if your family plays disc golf!

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2 Comments


  1. Vince, I assume you visited Magnolia Park in the last couple of days during its "downtime"…I assure you, come summer when the weather gets warm, it's no longer sleepy, but the air is ringing with sounds of laughing kids and happy adults. Also the water feature is really cool for kids of all ages–I can't pry our 6 yr old away from it. Please come and visit it again when the sun returns–Maybe we'll even see you there, since this is our neck of the woods 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the useful information Kristin! We were there right after dinner time on a Tuesday evening. Things were probably winding down at that time. Cool to hear that the water feature if fun. We'll definitely head back that way after hitting Orchard Park for some disc golf. Really nice park system…Vince Schreck, Ed.D.Instructional Designer, Portland State UniversityEditor: Portland Family Adventures http://www.pdxfamilyadventures.com

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