Lake Oswego Library opens Little Free Library

Little Free Library Boxes at Palisades

The library has opened a new branch! Our Little Free Library is now open just outside the Parks & Recreation building at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. These “libraries” have popped up all over the world, including several in Lake Oswego. The public is welcome to take a book home to read and leave a book for others to take. The Lake Oswego Library’s Little Free Library boxes, are courtesy of local scout Andrew Firmin, who created the boxes as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Get more free books, movies and music with your library card at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th Street.

Partnership Celebrates Water Project Completion

On Thursday, October 12, the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership commemorated completion of the $254 million Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership Project, a new seismically resilient water system for both communities and the largest public works project both cities have ever undertaken.

More than 100 former and current program staff, elected officials, contractors, consultants, regional water providers and city staff, gathered to commemorate the achievement of building a new, reliable water system and securing water for Lake Oswego and Tigard’s future.

Tigard Mayor John Cook opened the project celebration by welcoming attendees, and outlined some of the key benefits of the new system, most notably the state-of-the-art water treatment plant which produces high-quality drinking water from the Clackamas River.

Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker thanked Lake Oswego and Tigard customers for their role in developing and investing in their new water system, which is the most seismically resilient system in all of Oregon.

Partnership Director Joel Komarek thanked the dedicated team who helped make the program a success, including the work, support, and cooperation of elected officials and the collaborative efforts of city staff, contractors and the consultant/project team.

The official ceremony ended with a fantastic group toast to Lake Oswego and Tigard’s drinking water future!

The cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego’s water infrastructure and to provide high-quality drinking water year round to both communities. The project involved upgrading and constructing five major facilities across four cities:  a new river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone, a water treatment plant in West Linn, a new 3.5 million gallon reservoir in Lake Oswego, a pump station in Tigard and more than 10 miles of large diameter pipeline serving as the backbone to the new water system.

Construction commenced in spring 2013 and was completed in summer 2017. The new system has been serving Clackamas River water to both Lake Oswego and Tigard communities since 2016.


October week 2



Lake Oswego’s Jack Watson uses a magnifying glass from his “discovery bucket” to get a closer look at a specimen in Springbrook Park last week.

After hours of coordination and hard work by the non-profit group Friends of Springbrook Park under the leadership of Anne Lider, 87 preschool-aged children and 42 accompanying adults frolicked in the woods of Springbrook Park over the course of two Preschool Nature Walk events. During each nature walk, the kids split into small groups behind the adult leaders and marched into the woods to engage with nature. The first walk, which was held September 29th, focused on playing a game similar to “I Spy,” in which the children focused on opposites: Big versus little, rough versus smooth, and leaves that lived for one year versus leaves that live for a long time (deciduous versus coniferous tree leaves and needles). The second walk, held on October 6th, involved finding things whose colors matched: leaves, insects, and a variety of other natural items. Every walk included lots of time to dig and explore, and hopefully instill a fascination for nature in young minds. Besides educating these preschoolers, the intent behind the Nature Walks is to foster the next generation of our parks’ Stewards. Some of the attending children were from the Lake Oswego School District community school preschool, who did their own hour-long walk before the walk that was open to public participants.

Anne Lider, who took the lead in organizing the excursions, said, “I’d like the council to know what a privilege and unique experience it is to be able to have a non-profit Friends Group partner with the City [of Lake Oswego] to provide such a rich stewardship experience. I am very thankful for the City’s partnership. It is especially helpful to have Babs Hamachek do the publicity, and wonderful to have Megan Big John lead the walks. The City presence is so appreciated. We are hoping to broaden the reach of the walks to other Friends groups.”


Tom Mueller is offering a Winter Instruction Series at the Golf Course.   Here are the details.


Weekly one hour clinics on all subjects golf!

  • Featuring comfy cozy indoor single topic presentation and demonstration by PGA Professional Tom Mueller.
  • Supervised training and practice of each topic outside under heated, covered range stalls
  • Range balls provided
  • Optional lunch punch card by J-Willy’s 19th Hole
  • 10 individual clinic sessions beginning November 11th
  • 10am or 2pm clinic options each week
  • Registration fee for all 10 clinics = $110.  Register at
  • Drop-in fee of $15 available for one-time visits

Turf update for the week. Installers are sewing in numbers and lines. Pretty interesting process.

  Happy Friday the 13th!


Lake Oswego Firefighters have designed a special edition uniform shirt during the month of October.  The uniform T-shirt with bold pink artwork is intended to help draw attention to Breast Cancer!  The sale of t-shirts will help fund research to end this disease.

$20 each
100% of the profit goes to
Susan G Komen

Contact Lake Oswego Fire Department to purchase yours today!

300 B Avenue in Downtown Lake Oswego, 97034

Or Call 503.635.0275 for more information



At its regular meeting on September 6th the DRC held a public hearing to consider:

LU 17-0032, a request by Halton Development LTD for approval of a modification of a Development Review Permit (LU 99-0012) to construct a new single-family dwelling in the R-DD zone, and the removal of two trees. The site is located at 223 Furnace Street. The Commission approved this application. The Findings, Conclusions and Order were adopted on September 18.

LU 17-0049, a request by Kalberer Hotel Supply for approval of a Development Review and Conditional Use Permit modification in order to modify the existing drive-through at the McDonald’s restaurant, and the removal of two trees. The site is located at 16044 Boones Ferry Road.  The Commission approved this application. The Findings, Conclusions and Order were adopted on September 18. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER, 2017

City Officials from Oregon Visit the WTP

It was an honor to host city officials and city managers from all over Oregon last week at our new water treatment plant. The League of Oregon Cities Annual Conference was taking place in Portland, and Kari Duncan, Kevin Batridge and John Goodrich (Tigard) led an enthusiastic group on a site visit to our state-of-the-art water treatment facility.

City officials walked through the whole treatment process, from where the raw river water first enters the plant, then onto the settling process, before checking out the new ozone system, and finally the advanced granular activated carbon filters.

Thank you for coming by to visit!



Officer Brady Receives the International Z-Man Award

Officer Mike Brady recently attended the ALERT International Training Conference. While there, he was recognized and received the ALERT “Z-Man” award. ALERT International established the “Z-Man” Achievement Award in 2008.

This award is presented annually to one Law Enforcement driving instructor from across the United States and Canada for the best innovative idea(s) in Police Driver Training in the past year. ALERT International (Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers) is dedicated to the encouragement and correlation of research and development as well as the sharing of information, ideas and innovations in the area of emergency vehicle response operation.

We are extremely fortunate to have Officer Brady as a member of our department. He was also named Officer of the Year for our department last year. He is responsible for all of our training programs and is recognized as one of the premier trainers, in not only our region, but in the country.

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