1. An amazing little city! The smallest of Metro Portland’s 25 independent cities, the City of Rivergrove was incorporated in 1971. For over 40 years, this city has thrived under the watchful care of its citizens.
2. Friendly neighbors: There are approximately 420 people in the city of Rivergrove and about 165 homes. Take a walk from one end to the other—in about 20 minutes— and you’ll discover how friendly a place this is.
3 Low Property Taxes: Rivergrove is one of only three Oregon cities that do not levy a city tax. How do we manage? The City has only one part-time employee. We depend on volunteers to serve in all areas of our city government, we’re careful with our dollars, and rely on the intelligence and creativity of our citizens to find solutions to challenges.
4. A Natural Beauty: The Tualatin River and the groves of towering Douglas Firs gave our city its name and character. Part of Rivergrove sits on the site of the old Pilkington Nursery, so there are many interesting old trees to be found.
5. Accessible Government: We all want our voice to be heard and, in Rivergrove, that’s easy! Just come to a Planning Commission or City Council meeting (see the Rivergrove Report tab for time and location) and your voice will most definitely be listened to. Contact information can be found in the Contact tab.
6. Excellent Schools: Part of the renowned Lake Oswego School District, River Grove Elementary, Lake Oswego Junior High and Lakeridge High Schools offer outstanding education.
7. Two Wonderful Parks: Rivergrove’s Lloyd Minor Park between Marlin and Tualamere Streets at Dogwood Drive has a bright and shiny play structure with secret “whispering tubes”! The new Heritage Park, just west of the intersection of Sycamore Road and Dogwood Drive, is 4 acres of natural wildlife habitat on the Tualatin River.
8. River Access: Just south of Lloyd Minor Park is a tiny access area to the Tualatin River that’s ideal for kayaks, canoes or small boats. It’s open during daytime only. (Since it’s right between houses, please be quiet and courteous as you use it.)
9. The Rivergrove Report: Our monthly newsletter is filled with information that affects you and your home. If you haven’t yet received it, contact Sheri Richards, City Manager, with your name, address and email address:
10. A Great Place to Volunteer: Newcomers to Rivergrove get acclimated quickly when they volunteer for city government, a committee, or a citizens’ advisory group. Help plan an event, discover the city’s history, improve our park, or update our emergency preparedness plan. Interested? Explore the What’s Happening tab for ways you can get involved: