July 4th Safety Reminders

The City urges everyone to celebrate the 4th of July holiday safely. The area’s recent history of wildfires make this time of year particularly risky. The City of Hood River permits the sale of fireworks within City limits from June 23rd through July 7th. City Ordinance 2047 specifically prohibits the discharge of fireworks after July 15th until November 15th. Please click the image for more information.

Friday City Office Closures this Summer

The City of Hood River announces temporary reduced hours this summer season for City Hall, Public Works, and the Fire Station. These offices will be closed to the public on Fridays effective from June 10th until at least September 2nd due to staffing shortages. Open hours for the Police Station will not change. Click the image for details.

City Approves Affordable Housing Strategy

Hood River’s Affordable Housing Strategy, the result of a year-long project, was unanimously adopted by City Council. The Affordable Housing Strategy includes eight policy tools and actions the City will use to encourage development of supported, long-term affordable housing. Guided by a team of experts, the project was also assisted by a community task force and stakeholders. Click on the image for the full story.

Community Input on Heights Alternatives

Thanks for the broad community input to weigh in on alternatives for 12th and 13th streets in the Heights. About 300 people attended an open house in late April, while about 300 completed a survey that closed in mid-May. Using community input, we will develop a recommended alternative to present to the Urban Renewal Agency this summer. Click the image for more info.

City reduces energy use and emissions

April is Earth Month and it's a good time to share City progress on its environmental sustainability goals. In 2019, the Hood River City Council approved a resolution and commitment to reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2035. From 2018 to 2021, the City reduced overall facility emissions by 26%. Currently, the City is on track to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions 70% by 2035. Click on the image to read more.

Notices from the City on Current Projects

The Sherman Ave water/sewer line reconstruction project is almost complete between 9th - 12th, with crews currently forming and pouring ADA ramps, curbs and gutters. Sewer line work has moved to the segment between Front and 6th St. Final paving will occur in spring. — The Prospect Ave project between 1st and 7th began in late February and continues. — Water/sewer line work for first phase of this project on Cascade Ave (between 15th to 18th) is complete. — Click on map image for more info on all projects.

Car-sharing is available in Hood River

Car-sharing is available in Hood River with five electric vehicles (EV) to rent by the minute. City vehicle bases are located at the Hood River Fire Station and the Columbia Street parking lot at 5th Street. A third vehicle is located at the Port waterfront on North 1st Street. Two vehicles are located at Columbia Cascade Housing properties in the Heights. Click the photo to read more.

Council meetings now live-streamed

City Council meetings are now in-person and live-streamed. Attendance and public testimony can be in-person or remote, and official City meetings and are archived on the City’s website. Click image to learn more.