Landmark Park Opens In Orenco After Platform Realty Group Effort
It was a banner day for the City of Hillsboro and its people as the groundbreaking of the Orenco Nature Park was held last Tuesday. The Orenco Woods Nature Park is a 40 acre city park with walking trails, a kids play area, a magnificent bridge and trails, and best of all Rock Creek running through it.
Dirk Knudsen of Platform Realty Group was honored at the ribbon cutting for his work over 5 years to aquire the land from the bank who foreclosed on it. Approved for 300 homes the property was headed for certain development until the bad economy of 2008 ended that. Dirk chased the land through many months and years before being allowed to negotiate a sale to the Trust For Public Land. No less then 10 bidders were trying to buy the site but working with the client Dirk was able to get their offer won!
Now the property, a joint effort of METRO and the City of Hillsboro. will host residents young and old for time immemorial! The special site was the Estate of ORENCO )Oregon Nursery Company) founder Malcolm McDonald who built a home there in 1910 which stand today as one of the most significant homes in Washington County, Oregon.
Here are some pictures from the Opening – Our C0-Founder Dirk in the red jacket.