Highlights of the City of Beaverton
2020 was unlike any year our community has seen. The city maintained regular services in innovative ways to ensure all stay safe during the pandemic. We provided vital support to our residents, local economy and those most in need.
Events and Cultural Inclusion
■ The Events Program shifted to using a variety of virtual platforms to deliver content, connect community members, and support local organizations, businesses, and boards and commissions through the Movie Trivia Night and the Virtual Beaverton Celebration Parade.
■ Multiple sites around the city were illuminated with festive lighting displays for the Beaverton Winter Lights event.
■ Hosted the first ever Beaverton Virtual Night Market, highlighting 18 vendors and six performers through an interactive, livestreamed event on two nights.
■ Hosted a successful Welcoming Week with 15 partners (including eight grantees) and more than 1,500 participants in a combination of virtual and in-person events. The Events Program shifted to using a variety of virtual platforms to deliver content, connect community members, and support local organizations, businesses, and boards and commissions through the Movie Trivia Night, and the Virtual Beaverton Celebration Parade.
Beaverton Police Department
■ The Public Safety Center is now the new home of the city’s Emergency Management Department and Police Department.
■ In June 2020, former Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle appointed 25-year Beaverton Police Department (BPD) veteran Ronda Groshong as the city’s police chief.
■ Coordinated BPD and Human Rights Advisory Commission Inquiry Sessions to create a dedicated space for listening and dialogue between community members and BPD leadership regarding operations, policy, community demands for police reform and oversight.
Beaverton Municipal Court
■ In September 2020, the Beaverton Municipal Court marked one year of the Behavioral Health Liaison pilot project. The liaison assisted 305 people and reduced the failure-to-appear-in-court rate of defendants with mental health needs by 32 percent.
■ Funds from canceled Ten Tiny Dances event provided $500 stipends to all artists and artist groups who applied to take part in the event. $76,000 in redirected event funding provided in the form of COVID-19 relief grants to arts and arts organizations.
■ Held a fully virtual Beaverton Arts Mix! for the month of the October featuring 137 regional artists, 367 juried artworks and $6,370 in total sales.
Beaverton City Library
■ Beaverton City Library pivoted from a mostly face-to-face service model to a virtual-then-hybrid service model since the onset of the pandemic via offering virtual programs and events, a virtual information service, curbside pickup/delivery service, computer lab, free book distribution, support/maintenance of local Little Free Libraries, etc.
■ The Beaverton City Library Main celebrated its 20th anniversary at its current location.
■ Between May and October 2020, library staff distributed 4,300 free books to children from birth through grade 12 at 11 Beaverton School District meal distribution sites.
■ In 2020, the library partnered with the Beaverton School District and other local public libraries to provide more than 30,000 library cards to Beaverton School District students.
■ The Safe Parking Program became permanent in April 2020, with three host sites in Beaverton. As of November 2020, the program has served 27 vehicles (41 adults, 11 children), with 12 vehicles housed and 5 vehicles still enrolled.
■ The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter provided an additional two months of shelter and expanded services to be every day from March 30-May 31 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, providing a place for people experiencing homelessness to shelter in place. The 2020-2021 winter season is also expanded.
■ Additional services were provided for people experiencing homelessness with the closure of public facilities during COVID-19, including portable restrooms in City Park and a shower trailer at the shelter.
Highlights of City COVID-19 Response
■ General fund utilized to provide emergency rent and utility assistance through MET, APANO, Centro Cultural, and Community Action, with funds set aside for referrals from culturally specific organizations ($400,000 total).
■ Awarded $400,000 to Community Action through CARES Act Community Development Block Grants for emergency rental assistance for low-income Beaverton residents and $13,279 to Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to eligible Beaverton seniors.
■ The Cooper Mountain Community Plan kicked off in 2020. Community members can share their ideas on how to plan for new neighborhoods throughout 2021. Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CM to sign up for project updates and stay involved!
■ Housing variety will be a big topic in 2021, and we expect to propose allowing triplexes, quadplexes and other housing alternatives in many Beaverton neighborhoods. Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP to sign up for Housing Options Project updates and learn how to share your thoughts.
■ Beaverton’s Planning Commission recommended approval of the new Downtown development code, which removes obstacles to development and sets design expectations for new buildings. The code is based on community ideas from the 2018 Urban Design Framework. More information at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/downtowndesign.
■ Cedar Grove, a 44-unit affordable housing complex located on Northwest Murray Boulevard near Cornell Road is now leasing units to low-income households.
■ Began construction of The Mary Ann, providing affordable housing for families by building a four-story apartment building in Beaverton’s Old Town. The complex is expected to be completed by fall 2021.
■ BRIDGE Housing, a 75-unit housing complex, was recently awarded $8.5 million from Washington County’s Affordable Housing Bond. It is scheduled to break ground in the South Cooper Mountain area in summer 2021 and open in fall/winter 2022.
■ The Hyatt House Hotel is expected to be completed at the beginning of this year. The five-story hotel with space for a destination restaurant will be located in the Beaverton Central neighborhood.
■ Established the Housing Technical Advisory Group, which includes local advocacy group members and meets monthly to review Metro Affordable Housing Bond projects and other city housing endeavors.
■ Funded a community engagement partnership with Unite Oregon for the Beaverton Inclusive Housing Cohort to focus on providing education and community engagement around upcoming housing plans.
■ Declared a moratorium on residential evictions and provided a hotline and email for questions in multiple languages.
■ New Downtown Beaverton Restaurants: Old Town’s Restaurant Row near Watson and 1st Street has grown to now include Afuri Izakaya, Koya Sushi, Top Burmese Bistro Royale and Somar Mediterranean. Six more restaurants are set to open within the next several months, including Yuubi Sushi, Binary Brewing, SeeSee Coffee Company, Sudra, Sizzle Pie and 1st Street Pocha.
Center for Mediation and Dialogue
■ Managed 16 restorative dialogue, 106 community mediation, 219 foreclosure avoidance, seven Second Home and five Metro HomeShare cases.
■ City staff participated in a statewide planning effort to increase the recovery of recycled materials that resulted in a proposal to modernize the state’s recycling system to be considered by the 2021 Oregon Legislature.
■ All electricity for the operations of city buildings was renewably sourced in 2020. Additionally, solar installations at Beaverton City Library Main, Sexton Mountain reservoir and the newly-completed Public Safety Center all provide locally generated renewable energy to the system.
■ The city’s water efficiency rebate program provided more than $13,000 in rebates for the installation of high efficiency fixtures to increase water conservation in residences.
■ A traffic calming project on Sexton Mountain Drive between Southwest Murray Boulevard and Southwest 155th Avenue was completed in 2020. The plan was developed through meetings with the residents in the area.
■ Crosswalks and pedestrian beacons were installed at the west end of Barrows Park and on Southwest 173rd Avenue north of North 170th Drive at Willow Creek Greenway. The Southwest 173rd Avenue crosswalk was installed in response to public requests for a marked crosswalk.