We have a small town feel, because we are a "real" small city with 1,970 residents. Unlike many communities in the metropolitan area, North Plains has enjoyed a very gradual growth, ensuring that it remains a small semi-rural community. (Our projected growth will only reach 4,000 by 2020--and we like that!) Voters in the City have encouraged slow growth and retaining a large agricultural green space around the community to ensure our community retains its small town character.
Our community hosts the world famous North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival in the second week of August. Summer activities include a large 4th of July Celebration. Throughout the year the City sponsors concerts in the park, dances, and library programs for kids and adults. A wide variety of activities are offered at the North Plains Senior Center. Volunteer organizations like the North Plains Events Association, Knights of Pythias and Chamber of Commerce support unique activities like the annual Jingle. Small parks have been developed throughout town to provide rest areas for athletes and book worms. Expanding park areas and walking trails is a high priority for the community as reflected in our master plans.
North Plains is a hub for many outdoor activities. Bike riders can be seen on the rural roads in and around our community everyday, rain and shine. North Plains Gliderport provides unique glider and sailplane experiences for flight over the Willamatte Valley. Pumpkin Ridge features two 18-hole golf courses designed by Bob Cupp and are considered among the best anywhere. The courses have hosted events with more than 100,000 spectators for the USGA, LGPA and US Ametuer Championships. The Mountaindale Resort caters to those who want to bare it all at its 104 acre facility. Hornings Hideout is a nationally known venue for events like the Warrior Dash and String Cheese Incident. Lakeview Farms is a well-loved pumpkin patch, where thousands of children enjoy a corn maze, and train and boat rides.
Our residents have easy access to jobs at multinational employers like Intel, Genentech, and Nike, as well as diverse industries from education, healthcare, agriculture to craft beer making. Oregon Canadian (a lumber company) and Jewett Cameron (a publicly traded company with diverse lines of business) are two of the larger employers in the City.
Located approximately 15 miles west of downtown Portland Oregon, North Plains is within a short drive to the much larger cities via Highway 26 along the City's southern boundary. It also provides ready access to the beautiful Oregon coast as well.
Formerly known as Glencoe, the community has existed for over a 100 years, with formal incorporation as North Plains in 1963. Residents enjoy the benefits of well-managed infrastructure of improved streets, parks, and water systems. A professional staff of 10.5 full-time and 17 part-time/volunteer employees assists Council and residents with library, budgeting, police services, planning, building, utility billing, and public works maintenance.