Since my time on the City Council began in 2002, there has been quite a bit of change. Back then, the population was around 3,000 residents and City Hall was in an old farmhouse. We didn’t have a library or community policing center. Even our large community events felt more like a block party. Today, Happy Valley has a population over 20,000 with many new businesses and our activities attract people from all over the region.
While our community looks different to those of us who have lived here for decades, one thing has always remained the same: our small town and close-knit feel. This is why we took the opportunity during one of the summer concerts to honor everyone who has lived in Happy Valley. We called it a “Resident Reunion.” It provided time for us to recognize those of you who haven’t just seen our wonderful city grow but have helped shape it along the way.
Whether you grew up riding horses on the wood chip trail around what is now Happy Valley Park, or you remember Sunnyside Road as a two-lane farm to market road, thank you for continuing to be part of this community.
As long as I’ve been Mayor, one of my goals has been to keep our family-friendly environment. Even as we evolve, we must always remember our roots. Thank you everyone who came out for our “Resident Reunion” and sharing your stories!
Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer