City News

Hermiston-Portland Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest & Giveaway

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The grand title of “Watermelon Seed Whisperer” is on the line as officials from the City of Portland and City of Hermiston square off to see who can spit a watermelon seed the farthest.  The competition will finish up with the groups giving away a truckload of Hermiston’s world famous watermelons.  The Seed spitting contest will begin at 11am Friday, August 4th at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.


Hermiston... We Did It!!

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We won the $20,000 MODA assist competition for a new playground at Sunset Park! 

Thank you from the Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department!!

The total votes were as follows:

  • Hermiston - Sunset Park: 19,519
  • Portland - Jason Lee Elementary: 15,424
  • Tillamook - Goodspeed Park: 1,610

Image: MODA Parks Assist image graphic.

Downtown Action Planning Meeting Set for Feb 28

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The City of Hermiston and the Hermiston Downtown District group will be hosting a Downtown Focus Workshop February 28th, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.  All members of the community with interest in downtown Hermiston are invited to attend.

Crime Continues to Decline in Hermiston

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Overall crime in Hermiston continued its 10-year downward slide in 2016 despite continued growth in population.  There were 513 total crimes reported in 2016, which was a 2% decline compared to 2015, but was 32% below the previous 10-year average of 759.  The continued drop in crime occurred while Hermiston’s total population hit a new high of 17,730, roughly 2,300 more than lived in the city 10 years ago.

Hermiston Seeks Artistic and Creative Volunteers for its first Mini-Float in Portland's Rose Festival Parade

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Are you: Artistic, Creative, Resourceful, and Like Parades? Then we welcome and encourage you to attend the first Rose Festival Parade Float Meeting at City Hall on Thursday, January 26th at 5:30pm.

The City is looking for community champions that have an interest in creating and building a Mini-Float made of all organic materials that represents and promotes the City of Hermiston at this year’s Portland Rose Festival Parade held in June.

Please help us showcase what a great City Hermiston is by volunteering in this spectacular project and event! 

Council Approves Fixed Route Bus System

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The Hermiston City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night with KAYAK Transit to begin a fixed-route bus system within the community.  A map of the route is available HERE, and timing for each of the stops will be developed over the coming weeks.  The Council is still also taking feedback on proposed names for the new system.  You can pick your choise HERE.

"Fake" Bus Stops Pop Up Around Town

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Hermiston residents may notice fake bus stops near their homes and businesses for the next week.  Each stop is identified as a proposed stop for a new intra-city bus route planned to start operations in early January, and is intended to let the public know about the proposed new service, and get feedback about the proposed route and stop locations.

Construction Starts on Rodeo Arena

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Dirt work has officially begun at the site of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center to construct a new rodeo arena.  The arena, being built by Hendon Construction, is scheduled to host the 2017 Farm City Pro Rodeo during the same time as the Umatilla County Fair.  A contract for purchase of barn buildings for the new fairgrounds to host the Umatilla County Fair is expe

HURA to Hold Festival Street Public Open House Oct. 10

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The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency (HURA) will hold an open house on Monday, October 10, at 6 pm.  The open house will kick-off the planning and design of the new downtown festival street to be built on NE 2nd Street connecting Main Street to the new Harkenrider Center.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.  Participants will be encouraged to provide ideas on features to be incorporated into the new event space.  Representatives from HURA, Greenworks, and Anderson Perry will be on-hand to present the concept

Hermiston Welcomes First Main Street Coordinator

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The City of Hermiston, Umatilla County, Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, and Hermiston Downtown District welcome RARE participant Emma Porricolo. She will be working in Hermiston as the Main Street Program Coordinator. Her scope of work will include strengthening the Hermiston Downtown District and working to revitalize downtown by using the Main Street approach, a nationally renowned program that has been implemented in cities of all sizes across the country. The program focuses on four points - organization, economic vitality, design, and promotion.

Accessibility Statement - The City of Hermiston is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities. We are currently in the process of upgrading our web site to ensure we meet or exceed the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content.

For more information on how to report an issue related to the accessibility or how to file a formal Section 504 or ADA (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on our website, please see our full Accessibility Statement.

Anti-Discrimination Policy - It is a policy of the City of Hermiston that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. For more information, visit the Anti-Discrimination Policy page.