Here in Clackamas County, we enjoy the best of both worlds. We are a rich mix of urban, suburban, rural and wild. Nothing beats a vivid sunrise over Mount Hood, the sight of cascading waterfalls in Willamette Falls or a hike in our acres of lush forest in Eagle Creek.
But Clackamas County is more than just a beautiful place to live. County employees make serving residents a top priority in all that we do, from fixing roads to providing healthcare and services for families. Our vision for the county? To build a vibrant economy; keep vulnerable residents safe and healthy; and foster a culture of trust, communication, diversity and innovation.
Keep reading for a roundup of some of our efforts to make ClackCo an even better place to live, work and play!
We love our veterans.
Clackamas County made strides in 2018 to end veteran homelessness. The Clackamas County Veterans Village, a joint partnership between the county board of commissioners, county departments and local organizations, launched in October to get more homeless veterans off the street. To date, five veterans have transitioned to permanent housing through the program.
We love our roads.
Our Transportation and Maintenance department works to maintain the integrity and safety of nearly 1,400 miles of county roads, 180 bridges, 2,400 miles of rock shoulder and 26,450 road signs. And that only scratches the surface of the work they do to ensure residents and visitors can get from point A to point B safely and smoothly!
We love our water.
Water Environment Services (WES) cleans more than six billion gallons of wastewater each year and implements programs to reduce pollution in our rivers, streams and wetlands caused by urban stormwater runoff. This month, WES received the prestigious 2019 National Environment Achievement Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for its “Keep the Wipes Out!” educational campaign, which is designed to protect sewer infrastructure, water quality and watershed health.
We love our health.
Clackamas County Health Centers provide high quality, affordable health care to residents and those covered by Oregon Health Plan. In 2018, our centers served more than 17,200 clients and patients. We provide care at:
- 10 clinics across the county
- Two fully integrated health care centers
- Three specialty behavioral health clinics
- One primary care clinic
- Three school-based health centers
We love our volunteers.
Community involvement is a cornerstone to Clackamas County culture. The county is supported by hundreds of engaged volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping our most vulnerable populations, preserving our natural resources and advising BCC and staff on all kinds of county policies and programs. Some community groups include:
- 3 Hamlets that focus on retaining the flavor of their community and promoting activities that benefit residents
- 25 active Community Planning Organizations (CPOs)
- Over 44 advisory boards and commissions
We love our children and families.
Our Children, Families & Community Connections division recently hosted a “Make a Splash” rain boot giveaway for children in need under the age of six. They distributed 1,855 pairs of boots at community pick-up events and by working with our local early childhood partners such as Head Start, Clackamas ESD, Todos Juntos, Metropolitan Family Services, WIC and Central City Concern.
We love our pups.
Dog Services is dedicated to what’s best for people and pets by reuniting lost dogs with their owners, finding homes for adoptable dogs and helping create a safe community for everyone. See highlights from 2018 below!
- 117 dogs were adopted and 139 transferred to rescues.
- 179 microchips were implanted at monthly vet clinics.
- 78% of stray dogs were reunited with their owners.
We love our parks.
The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District serves more than 122,000 residents in a 36-square mile area, including the cities of Happy Valley, Milwaukie and a large area of unincorporated Clackamas County. The District offers more than 39 parks, 287 acres of natural areas, 15 miles of trails including the 6-mile Trolley Trail, Mount Talbert Nature Park and three facilities: Hood View Sports Complex, the North Clackamas Aquatic Park and the Milwaukie Center.
Through this work — and so much more — your county is dedicated to creating healthy, safe and sustainable communities that benefit everyone.