Parks & Recreation


Parks staff finished production of the Summer Activities Guide and Summer Camps Guides  this week. The Catalog and Camps insert will be on resident doorsteps on April 6 ready for summer registration to open on Monday the 8th. Find Your Fun all summer long in this 48 page production including all things Parks!


The sun came out along with over 60 volunteers for the Woodmont work party on Mar. 17. A special thanks goes to Heidi Schrimsher, lead of Friends of Woodmont Park for mentoring volunteers of all ages as they planted native sword ferns and removed invasive species.  Major kudos to the hard working  volunteers from LOHS Nat’l Honor Society and the Baden-Powell Scout Troop for doing habitat restoration.

Coming Soon: A New Sewage Pump Station

Construction is expected to begin late next week to replace the aging and unreliable Marylhurst Sewage Pump Station, located at the north end of Old River Road near Glenmorrie Drive, alongside the Willamette River pathway. It is the City’s second largest wastewater pump station, receiving sewage from approximately 1,200 households and the Marylhurst University area, before pumping it to the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The new pump station will look different from what it is today. The community provided input into the design, which includes a new electrical control building, generator, native landscaping, guard rail and ornamental railing along the pathway. The existing boulders, pavers, plaques and artistic bollards will be reused and repurposed on site.

Construction is expected to take about six months to complete. Starting in mid-April, Old River Road will be closed to through traffic, and a detour will be in place. Most of the time, the pathway will remain open but it will be shifted around the active work zone. There will be a short period when the pathway between George Rogers Park and the pump station will be temporarily closed to all pedestrians, but this will be minimized.

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There was residual snow on Mar. 9, Sat., but it didn’t deter over 145 eager volunteers at Brock Property! These volunteers ranged from Girl and Boy Scouts, high schoolers, youth and adult service organizations, a corporation and the public. The smiling volunteers worked for 4 hours and appreciated the 2 Parks shuttles that took them to and from the planting site from Luscher Farm.   A big shout out goes to Lake Oswego Rotary, who did hands on planting as well as provided funds to purchase the White Oak trees. The sun warmed up the volunteers that restored the habitat while planting 110 White Oak trees and 1,451 native species. This large work party was coordinated by Friends of Trees, the Parks Department and Friends of Luscher Farm.  Megan Big John, Parks Senior Crew Leader, Parks & Natural Areas, handled Parks logistics that ensured this multifaceted work party flowed seamlessly. Eric Hirshberger and Kyle Bateman, Parks Utility Workers, never stopped moving as they transported over 35 yards of mulch to the planting sites along with positioning the large 110 White Oak trees. Stewardship greeted the volunteers at Luscher Farm and had a display to share future work party information, including the Apr. 6, Sat., Friends of Trees mulching party at Brock property, from  9 – 11 am.   Come out,  join us and see the beginning of the future White Oak Savannah!


The 2019 “Under the Big Top” DDDD was a roaring success. A sold out event at Cummins Hall of the CCP Campus the dance included DJ,  dinner,  photo booth, cotton candy, animal cookies and a very dressed up Parks crew! What fun for the little ladies!!

Dawn Grunwald holds volunteer training for Luscher Student Field Trips. Thanks to IT and Facilities for installing monitor and CPU for presentations in the bunk house classroom.

New Kids on the Block!

The City’s newest electric vehicles arrived this week! In support of the City’s Sustainability Action Plan and Council Goals, Motorpool has been prioritizing purchasing electric vehicles when replacing old city vehicles when possible. This week, three Chevy bolts made their debut. Our new vehicles eliminate emissions, reduce respiratory issues, and support our goals to be a greener city. In addition to our own fleet, the City promotes reducing emissions through providing public vehicle charging stations in partnership with regional and state programs. These charging stations can be found throughout the city. To see the full list of stations, check out


LU 18-0034: Short-Term Rentals

On Monday, April 22, 2019, the Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider amendments to the Community Development Code that would allow Short-Term Rentals (STRs) following a “Social Model,” or home-sharing, in conjunction with a residential use, akin to Home Occupation, where residents host visitors in their homes for a fee. The City also proposes to allow exceptions to certain Home Occupation regulations for STRs with Conditional Use Permit approval following a public hearing.  The amendments also delete “Bed & Breakfast” from Table 50.06.002-3.

The Planning Commission notice of public hearing and staff report (including exhibits), are now available, click here (link is external).

Short-term rentals of dwellings (rentals of less than 31 days) are currently prohibited in Lake Oswego’s residential areas. The City Council has directed the Planning Commission to recommend development code changes that would allow Short-Term Rentals (STRs) subject to standards addressing land use concerns (to control neighborhood impacts), business licensing, transient lodging taxes, and enforcement. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR FEBRUARY, 2019

Building A Better Boones Ferry Road

The Boones Ferry Road Project reached a new milestone this week! The City is officially accepting proposals from contractors to build the project. The request for proposals was advertised in the Daily Journal of Commerce, and the proposal period will be open until 2:00 PM on April 9, 2019.

Once the period ends, the City and project team will evaluate proposers on a set of criteria and then interview contractors before selecting a preferred contractor. The contract award is currently set to go to City Council on May 21.

This is a tremendous milestone – we are one step closer to breaking ground on the project this summer!

Major construction is expected to start this summer and will take about two and a half years.

If you missed the open house in January and want to learn more about the project, check out this new video “Building A Better Boones Ferry Road” which provides an overview of the project, and has some great footage from our open house of community members talking about elements they are excited to see over the coming years!

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Fire Department Training

The Lake Oswego Fire Department has been conducting simulated real-life fire scenarios and skill based training within structures within Lake Oswego. We have been fortunate to partner with the Lake Oswego School District in utilizing the Bryant Elementary School for two weeks on fire based training consisting of: Search and Rescue, Rapid Intervention Team training (rescuing firefighters that have become trapped or missing), fire hose deployments, wall breaching, truck company operations and commercial roof ventilation. This opportunity allowed Lake Oswego Fire to partner with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Clackamas Fire District No. 1 to enhance our mutual aid relations.

This week we are completing our second week of training at a residential house on Lake Grove Ave donated to LOFD by Rick and Krista Siler. At this location we have focused on fire suppression, incident command, roof ventilation, window conversions (rapid access through walls), and building construction. Opportunities such as these provide extremely valuable instances to practice safe and effective fire ground operations, including Life Safety, incident stabilization, and property conservation.

Mayor Studebaker visited the training site on Tuesday where Training Chief Scott Vachter showed the mayor what the firefighters were doing and why. Soon firefighters will be conducting more training on acquired structures including the Mercantile Village campus.

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