Aurora City Hall, Watertower, Police Station, Jail
Aurora isn't that big a community even with all the new housing developments surrounding it. Therefore, it should not be too surprising that the city government is accommodated in a fairly compact facility.
The old city water tower (not the new one further south of downtown) gives a pretty good landmark for finding the city hall, as the city hall facility takes care of the water department including having the water tower. Almost all services are in this modern structure, including the city jail, the police department, the water department, and various other functions. About the only function that can not be accommodated here is the fire department due to the large size of its vehicles, and they are accommodated across the street.
The city hall structure is mostly a featureless and fairly modern affair, but is of interest to the tourist because it has a public bulletin board in the front (in the first photo this is behind the orange truck but somewhat visible). This gives you an idea what might be going on in the town, and is a good place to find out about what events are coming up in the community. Unfortunately, no one seems to have started posting these to any web sites yet. The bulletin board also features such useful things as the transit schedule of the route that connects Aurora to Woodburn and Oregon City.
Behind the new, modern building is one reason to take special notice of this place: the old jail house has not been replaced yet. Thus, a small piece of the community's history does still linger here in the city hall area. This is located in the middle of photo 2.
The web site below is the official city government web site, but unfortunately lacks any of the useful community event information found on the bulletin board.
How to Get Here: From highway 99E turn south onto Main Street. City Hall is 1.5 blocks south of highway, at the intersection with 4th Street. If traffic is heavy, it may be better to use Liberty Street as it has the only traffic light in town. Again, go south off of highway 99E to 4th, then west 1 block to Main.
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Aurora City Park
In a community as small as Aurora, the park system can not afford to be extensive. There is a single large city park south of highway 99E on Main Street. This park features a baseball diamond, several picnic shelters, some open grass, and a section of preserved forest. The preserved forest contains two of the picnic shelters and a reasonably nice playground facility. One of the picnic shelters in the open grass also functions as a stage shelter for a small outdoor ampitheatre. There are also tennis courts on the east side of the park.
The picnic shelters are reasonably nice, and even include electrical outlets for brining electric crock pots or coffee makers or other electric cooking appliances.
Two of the city's water wells are also located in the city park.
The web site below is the official web site for the city of Aurora. Go to Services and then to Aurora City Park.
The park itself dates to 1922, but it was considerably updated and remodeled in 2010.
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