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Typical Adopt-a-Park volunteer tasks include the following:
Adopters agree to serve at regular intervals at their adopted site. Some parks or green spaces involve monthly volunteer service; others require less-frequent service (e.g., quarterly service).
Parks and Recreation provides trash bags and gloves. Currently the department can also provide tools such as shovels, rakes, etc. for as many as six people. Larger-sized groups can be discussed.
Adoptable parks and green spaces currently include Fernhill Wetlands, Thatcher Park, Forest Glen Park, Reuter Farms green space, Knox Ridge Park, the entrance to Forest Gale Heights, and city-maintained land by the "Welcome to Forest Grove" signs at the north and east entrances to Forest Grove.
Complete an Adopt-a-Park Application (PDF) and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator, 1924 Council Street, P.O. Box 326, Forest Grove, OR 97116 or email it to the Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about available openings. If there is an opening that matches your schedule and interests, the Volunteer Coordinator will schedule a meeting with you to go over program details.
Organizations, businesses, families, and individuals can adopt a park or green space. The City thanks them for their time and talents!
Please email Laura Aranda, Volunteer Coordinator, or call 503-992-3302.
Yes. All pools are ADA accessible, with motorized lifts on the main and activity pools. We also have two family changing rooms available for your use.
Our senior discount age is 65 years.
Children must be 10 years old or accompanied by an adult 16 yrs. or older at all times supervising in the pool that the child will be swimming in. The required adult to child ratio is 1 to 2.
Yes, we do not provide towels.
Yes. Our front desk staff will make every effort to help locate your missing item. The F.G.A.C. is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
We do not offer financial assistance, but we do offer discounted rates for senior citizens and veterans.
We offer swim lessons year round. Please visit Civic Rec for registration
Visit our lesson section for more information.
Residency of Forest grove is based upon your household’s address. If your household address is within the City limits, it is considered “In City”. Elsewhere is considered “Out of City”. Note: some households that have a Forest Grove address are not within the City limits.
If you know the skills of the swimmer registering, our staff can help you figure out which level would be most appropriate for them. Beginning swimmers generally start at Level 1. Visit our Swim Lessons Descriptions page for further information about each class level. During most public swims there are staff available to evaluate your child’s swim skills.
Each session consists of 10 lessons. Lessons are offered twice per week for a five week period. Each lesson is 30 minutes. During the summer months we also offer two week daily sessions in the morning.
Yes. We accept Apple Pay, Cash, Check and Credit Cards.
Our facility is available to rent for private parties and gatherings. Please see our information under "Pool Rentals" for complete details.
Please visit our homepage for additional information. If you cannot find the information you’re looking for please call us at 503-992-3238.
All persons using the hot tub, pools or sauna must wear a swimsuit. Cotton t-shirts, denim shorts, cut-offs, tank tops and undergarments are not allowed in the pools, hot tub, or sauna
We offer a large multi-use main pool with a slide and diving board, warm water pool, hot tub, sauna and outside spray park.
We only allow Coast Guard approved lifejackets. Please be sure to verify that your jacket has the Coast Guard information printed on the inside. We do not loan out lifejackets. Water wings, inflatable tubes or swimsuits with integrated flotation devices (whether sewn in or not) and similar devices are not allowed.
The spray park is open (weather permitting) mid spring through late fall.
Renewable resources or green energy is electricity produced in an environmentally friendly manner. Sources of green energy include the sun, wind, biogas, geothermal and hydro (water). Unlike fossil fuels, green energy is not processed, harmful or depletable. Forest Grove Light and Power offers green power generated by wind turbines located in eastern Oregon and Washington.
Electricity generated by wind power will be fed into the overall power supply and transmitted to your home the same way that we deliver your power now. You will not need any additional equipment, nor notice any difference in the electricity you use in your home.
Although wind power is very affordable, it still costs slightly more than electricity produced by fossil fuels. Forest Grove Light and Power customers have the opportunity to purchase green power in monthly blocks of 200 kilowatt hours. Each 200 KWH block costs $4 per month, which will be added to your electric bill. Each customer may purchase as many $4 blocks as they want. (For reference, the average household uses around 1100 KWH per month.)
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There is no definite answer to this question. ILLs generally take 2 to 6 weeks to arrive. However, they may arrive sooner or later. If the material you need is time sensitive, Interlibrary Loan may not be the best option.
The loan period is determined by the lending library. Typical due dates range from one week to two months. Renewals can be requested for most materials. (See the next section for information on how to renew your ILL.)
A lending library can request the immediate return of its material at any time.
Please request a renewal 3 days before your due date.
Renewals are not guaranteed. We do not know if a renewal will be granted or denied until after it is requested. Be prepared to return the item on short notice. ILL items cannot be renewed from your online account. To renew, do one of the following:
You can borrow books, DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS tapes, CDs, microfilm, musical scores, vinyl and newspaper or journal articles. We cannot borrow console video games (Wii, PlayStation, Xbox, etc.).
It is also not possible to borrow items owned by WCCLS unless the item is in in-repair, lost, missing, unavailable or withdrawn status for two or more weeks.
It is not possible to borrow items published within the last six months. However, you can submit a Purchase Suggestion instead.
There is a county wide limit of 5 active ILL requests. Requests in returned or received status do not count toward the limit.
Your account must be in good standing to request an item by ILL (fines under $19.99, no long overdue items).
If the request shows as “active” on your account there is a good chance the item is already in-transit to our library. For this reason, we ask that you be sure you want the requested item and can allow 2 to 6 weeks for its arrival.
If you must cancel a request, please contact the ILL office by phone (503) 992-3279 or by email. Please do not cancel requests on your online account.
Hold requests are manually added to accounts by staff. At most it will take one week for the hold request to show on your account.
Please return items only to the library from which they were borrowed.
Adding notes or comments regarding your request can get you what you want, sooner. Some helpful information includes whether you are looking for a specific edition, or if any edition will work. If you are requesting genealogy material add the names and dates of the entries in which you are interested. For article requests from magazines or journals provide a citation as complete as possible.
Interlibrary Loan relies on the generosity of lending libraries. Returning or requesting renewals by the due date is therefore essential. If an ILL is overdue, $100.01 will be charged to the borrower’s account. If the item is returned promptly in the same condition in which it was checked out, the charge can be waived. If the item is not returned, the borrower is responsible for paying replacement and processing fees charged by the lender. This may be less or more than the $100.01 placeholder fee.
Please refer to your citation; the cost will be listed.
Please refer to the bottom of your citation. Confirm which box is marked:
The Records Division offers registration services from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For additional information please call 503-992-3260.
A complaint is any accusation or allegation that, if true, will adversely affect the Department's efficiency and its relationship with you, the public.
Any person who has witnessed an incident or has direct well-founded knowledge about an incident may make a complaint.
You may call 503-992-3260 or email the Police Department and have a complaint form mailed to you or you may pick up a complaint form Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm at the Forest Grove Police Department located at 2102 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
You can also download a copy of the complaint form (PDF) to print and return to the department, either in person, via email, or through the mail at:Forest Grove Police DepartmentAttn: Records2102 Pacific AvenueForest Grove, OR 97116
.Yes. Code Enforcement regulates parking within city limits, including the timed parking areas downtown as well as vehicles on public roads parked for excessive periods of time. To learn more about parking regulations, see our Parking and Citations page.
.Contact Code Enforcement at 503-992-3260 to report the graffiti. Our Code Enforcement Officer will take care of the rest.
Visit our Noise page for more information on animal and other noise nuisances.
Yes. Domesticated Fowl (chickens, quail, pheasants, and ducks) are allowed in single-family residences primarily for personal use. Domesticated fowl are allowed subject to conditions in the City Code. See our Nuisances page for more information.
During the school year curfew hours are the following, depending on the age of the juvenile:
During the non-school year:
See the Washington County Curfew Calendar (PDF) for more information.
Email our Community Outreach Specialist or visit our Community Outreach page for information on starting or growing a Watch program.
We post upcoming events on our What's New at FGPD page, including Coffee with a Cop, Chill with the Chief, and other events.
National Night Out is typically held on the first Tuesday of August.
Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, we currently are not offering station tours.
Currently, we only offer ride-alongs to individuals who participate in the Citizen's Academy or are part of the police officer hiring process.
The Police Department utilizes volunteers for events such as National Night Out or First Wednesday, however, volunteers must be current or past participants of the Citizen's Academy to be eligible to volunteer. We do not offer volunteer positions within our Records or Patrol Divisions.
Please contact the Police Department through the relevant phone/fax number:
The Forest Grove Police Department is located on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Ash Street; Right next door to the City Library and across from Pacific University.
Physical Address:2102 Pacific AvenueForest Grove, OR 97116
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 326Forest Grove, OR 97116
The Forest Grove Police Records Division is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The Records Division is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and all legal holidays.
Sergeant Andrew Colasurdo serves as the Department's Public Information Officer and Media Liaison. Email Andrew Colasurdo or call him at 503-992-3260.
Our Community Outreach Specialist coordinates all outreach activities, including Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, and other events. Email the Community Outreach Specialist or call her at 503-992-3104.
Yes. The Police Department utilizes social media as a means to inform the public of news, events, and other police activity. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.
The Police Department is currently hiring lateral officers.
Please also check the City of Forest Grove's Government Jobs website for career opportunities with the Police Department.
Information about the Police Department's Use of Force and other policies can be found through our Policies page.
Yes. Patrol officers wear an audio/video recorder. You can learn more about our audio/video recording policy on our Audio and Video Recording Policy page.
The Forest Grove Police Department hosts an annual Drug Takeback Day each spring, typically on the last Saturday in April. The FGPD has a secure, anonymous drop box inside our station lobby. The box is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Due to space limitations, we ask that individuals limit drop box items to no more than 12. We cannot accept sharps, inhalers, or liquids.
Alternatively, you can use drop-off locations near Forest Grove.
For information about how to turn in sharps, visit Metro's hazardous products website.
All reports must be made through Washington County Dispatch at 503-629-0111 - this can be done from your own phone, or can be done at the FGPD lobby. An officer will follow up with you.
The Records staff provides copies of reports as required in accordance with the Oregon Public Records Laws. Copies of reports may be requested by submitting a written request, or by coming into the Police Station. A report copy fee will be charged. Report requests may take up to 7 business days to process.
See the Records Requests, and Fees page for more information on Records Requests.
See the City's Fee Schedule page for a full list of fees.
Accident reports are handled through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can obtain a hard copy of the correct form in our lobby, or visit the DMV online.
No. The Washington County Sheriff's Office offers fingerprinting services. See the Washington County Sheriff's Office for more information.
Your complaints and criticisms are accepted as meaningful indications of the job we are doing and provide us with the information to serve you better. Please follow the Citizen Complaint Procedure. You can also learn more about the FGPD's policy regarding personnel complaints by seeing our Personnel Complaints Policy page.
If you've had a positive experience with the Forest Grove Police Department, we'd love to hear about it. Please use one of the methods listed on our staff commendation page.
We also welcome feedback on social media! Leave us a rating and a comment on Facebook!
Complete the City of Forest Grove Temporary Street Closure Permit Application (PDF) at least 14 days prior to the request and submit to the Police Department. The permit fee is set by resolution. A permit is required for local and residential city street closures. Requests for major street closures will be directed to the City Manager for final review and approval. Please indicate if barricades will be required. Applicants of a Temporary Street Closure are expected to notify all residents and businesses impacted by the closure in advance of the request.
Complete the City of Forest Grove Event Permit Application (PDF) at least 14 days prior to the event and submit it to the Police Department. There is no permit fee for parades and/or processions-related events; however, if municipal services, such as police and fire personnel are requested, costs incurred by the City may be assessed. A permit is required for parades and/or processions of 25 or more persons, including animals and vehicles.
To see if a lost item has been turned in to the Department, please contact our Evidence Division at 503-992-3314 during normal business hours.
Contact the Evidence Specialist at 503-992-3314 during normal business hours and schedule an appointment to retrieve your items. Please bring a photo identification.
The Records Unit provides vehicle releases for vehicles that have been impounded. All vehicle releases require vehicle proof of ownership (registration in owners name) signed over titles will not be accepted, proof of insurance, picture ID, and valid driver's license. A fee will be charged for a vehicle release.
When an article or material is being deposited on any street. If the article or material is being delivered does not obstruct traffic or the vision of motor vehicle drivers, and does not remain on the street for more than three hours, no permit is required.
Please note, that articles or materials placed in your driveway or on your private property do not require a permit or permission from the City. The City encourages citizens to have drop boxes placed on private property, rather than in the public right-of-way.
Yes, the fee is set forth by Council resolution.
Yes, see below:
See City Code, Section 151.046, Deposit on Streets.
An Excavation Permit is required for any work within the public right-of-way or easement that involves excavation, including the installation of concrete drive approaches or sidewalks, and connection to or construction of public facilities.
Yes, the fee is set forth by Council resolution.
Prior to beginning work within the public right-of-way or easement, the following items shall be submitted by the developer or contractor to the Engineering Department (contractors working on concrete drive approaches and/or sidewalks only need to complete Item 5):
See City Code, Section 151.047, Street Excavation.
Garage Sale signs, For Sale/Lease signs, Open House signs, etc. are considered temporary signs.
Yes, review the following:
See City Code, Section 90.03(B)(8)(b)
See City Code, Section 90.03(B)(8)(c)
There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow with the Sister Cities Committee. Volunteers are always needed to serve on the committee, to help with delegation visits, student exchanges, offer tours of Forest Grove, host a student or adult delegate, offer transportation during delegation visits, and to just learn more about the friendship Forest Grove has with Nyuzen.
Consider making a donation! Even the smallest contributions have a significant impact in helping us ensure the continued success of our sister cities student exchange program! The Sister Cities Committee is a community-based organization, working under the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, to foster international community involvement and people-to-people relationships between the City of Forest Grove and the Town of Nyuzen, Japan. The primary program is a student exchange program with Forest Grove's Sister City, Nyuzen, Japan.
Download the Donation Form (PDF).
To learn more about the Sister Cities Committee or becoming a member of the Sister Cities Committee, please email Larisa Nefedov, Sister Cities Committee President.
For information, please email Anna Ruggles, City Recorder, or call 503-992-3235.
The Committee encourages the people of other nations to learn about American history, culture, and aspirations. The program is a two-way, encouraging Forest Grove citizens to learn about other nations, utilizing exchanges of information and activities between sister cities in all aspects of contemporary life. Programs have included letter-writing exchanges between students in Forest Grove and Nyuzen. Gifts, locally-made products, and community information exchanged with Nyuzen have been placed on display in the Community Auditorium, Chamber of Commerce, and Forest Grove Library. The tulips you see blooming around springtime in Forest Grove are gifts from Nyuzen, which have been planted by the Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, intercultural communication programs featuring Japan and China have been provided to local groups using the outstanding resources of Pacific University's Intercultural Institute and Forest Grove School District. Since 1988, the City of Forest Grove has sent a delegation every other year to Nyuzen under the guidance and leadership of the Mayor. Nyuzen reciprocates, sending a delegation every other year opposite of Forest Grove. Nyuzen also sends a student delegation every year. In addition to official meetings and receptions, the delegates visit important cultural and historical sites. The delegates pay their own visit expenses and are hosted in private homes. The Committee is always looking for homestay families to sponsor a delegate from Nyuzen - this is definitely once-in-a-lifetime international culture experience.