March week 2


Tennis Center Addition Project Public Outreach Meetings
Parks & Recreation staff presented information and concept designs at the Uplands Neighborhood Association Board meeting.  Board members in addition to residents who live near the Tennis Center, 2900 Diane Drive, shared comments and concerns with the staff project team.
On Monday, March 19th, Parks & Recreation invites the public to attend one of two public outreach opportunities as it begins planning for a possible addition to the Tennis Center.  Come meet the project team, view concept drawings and learn what efforts are underway.
At Palisades Gym
Monday, March 19, 1:30-3:30pm
Monday, March 19, 7:00-9:00pm


The sun was shining and faces were smiling as about 20 volunteers planted native sword ferns at Southwood Park on Sat.,  Mar. 10.   Sword ferns are Super Heroes of the native species! They’re drought resistant, stabilize soil erosion via their spreading root system and provide habitat for salamanders and other native species. Thanks to Friends of Southwood Park for hosting this planting party and educating the volunteers in the values of Stewardship to restore Lake Oswego’s natural areas.


ACC parking lot is fully reopened after the City of Portland  Tryon Creek Sewer project finished taking core samples

ACC Memory Care Group was visited by Napoleon the Therapy Alpaca. It was a sweet scene with lots of smiles and pets of his soft soft coat. I highly recommend a visit if you ever get a chance.

Happy St. Patty’s day!


Firefighters climb 69 floors in Seattle

On March 11th 2018 Firefighters from Lake Oswego Fire Department participated in the 27th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in the world’s largest on-air stairclimb competition.

At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi, and the tallest in Seattle.  Over 1,800 firefighters climbing 69 floors and 1,356 steps in firefighting personal protective equipment to the top of this skyscraper.  The event is a fund raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which uses the contributions to fund research, find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Photo attached: Cody Grimm, Neil Klein, Andy Owens, Mike Nicholson and Ben Fox.



Congratulations, Lake Oswego!!

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in partnership with Oregon Community Trees (OCT) has named Lake Oswego Oregon Tree City of the Year! Each year, ODF and OCT select one of Oregon’s Tree City USA communities to recognize for their commitment to Urban & Community Forestry. Some cities are recognized for grant efforts or projects they have undertaken in a given year. According to ODF staff, Lake Oswego has consistently exemplified what a great Tree City should be with good planning, citizen engagement, and a vibrant Urban & Community Forestry program. Lake Oswego, one of 63 current Oregon Tree Cities, will receive an award from OCT this spring. Lake Oswego was first designated “Tree City USA” 29 years ago. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR FEBRUARY, 2018

Lake Oswego Reads Finale & Passport Drawing at the Adult Community Center


Drawing Winners

The grand finale was held at the Adult Community Center with over 90 attending and celebrating the program. Thank you ACC’s Nocilette Hume for this fabulous evening! 



Drawing Winners

The Lake Oswego Library brought our community together during February with over 14,000 people in Lake Oswego reading and/or participating in the community reads program. 

While Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton was the centerpiece of Lake Oswego Reads, the 30 events in 28 days offered lectures on polar bears, glaciers, utopias, race & place, life & research in extreme environments, book discussions and more.

(Unfortunately because of the snow and ice, two events were rescheduled to March.) There were so many highlights and all events were very well attended. Twenty local artists displayed original artwork based on their reading of
Good Morning, Midnight which is on display in the Library’s stairway for March.  The art show then travels around to other libraries until December.


Parks March week 1


The move to Luscher Farmhouse and BEYOND has begun.
Jan Wirtz and Dave Arpin are now official residents.
Stop by anytime to visit.


LOPR Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance. As promised photos from last Saturdays 10th annual event. I think the images speak for themselves but i looks like a night full of smiles and fun!

Enjoy the sunshine this wekend!

Design Complete for D Avenue Project!

The City and project team recently completed design for the D Avenue Improvement Project. The project will reconstruct the entire ten blocks of D Avenue from State Street to 10th Street, all within the existing public right-of-way. Additional improvements will also take place on portions of 1st Street, 7th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street and E Avenue.

We encourage you to view the plans: read more about the final details, view the site plan map of the entire corridor (and the corresponding map legend), or download the detailed drawings for the project.

The design incorporates a much safer way for pedestrians to connect to schools, downtown businesses, the library and other services in the First Addition Neighborhood. It also helps address significant stormwater issues and rebuilds old, deteriorated underground utilities in this area of the neighborhood.

Project Details

The City and project team has worked diligently to include neighbors and stakeholders in the design development and respond to requests or concerns. Two neighbor walking tours, two public open houses, numerous face-to-face meetings and extensive field work helped inform the designs of the project. Many neighbors are excited about the rain gardens, landscaping, sidewalk and overall roadway design.

Thank you to all the neighbors who have participated, shared your thoughts, concerns and ideas on improvements for the project. We appreciate your willingness to be involved and have enjoyed working with each of you to develop the design.

When construction is complete, the road and corridor along D Avenue will look different – the lanes for vehicles will be about the same width, but will have been shifted. Portions of the road alignment will meander with slight curves to allow for a new sidewalk and about 40 rain garden areas necessary to manage and treat stormwater. Parking areas will also be more clearly delineated within the public right-of way.

Next Steps

With design now complete, the next phase will be construction. Major construction is set to begin this spring and take about a year or so to complete. A “Meet the Contractor” meeting to introduce the contractor and share information about construction will be scheduled in the next month or so, before work begins.

To learn more about the project, visit and sign-up to receive our project updates!




Employment Opportunity

The HR Department has posted a job announcement for the position of Administrative Support II (Copy Center/Mail Courier). This position will perform multiple administrative duties. The position involves operating the City Mail and Copy Center providing copy and print services and mail deliveries to all City Departments. This position will close on Thursday, March 15, 2018. More information about this position can be found on the City’s Human Resources website.

Parks February Week 4

Friends of Springbrook Park welcomed 42 volunteers from LO, Tualatin, Oregon City, NE Portland and Beaverton for their Sat., Feb. 24th  restoration work party. A big shout out to the Lake Grove Presbyterian Youth Group (LGPYG) and Riverdale High School National Honor Society (RHSNHS) that joined other volunteers to plant 250 native sword ferns and remove ivy.  Eric Hirshberger, of Parks, was on site to give planting instructions and encourage the eager volunteers that finished the planting in record time.  Eric then directed dozens of volunteers in moving a pile of gravel to refresh some of the paths in Springbrook Park.  When the restoration and gravel work was done, Eric showed RHSNHS how to clean off the shovels and tools.  Our friends from LGPYG were pleased to observe the trees they freed from ivy last year looked healthy.  Bravo to Eric, Friends of Springbrook Park, LGPYG and RHSNHS for making a difference in Springbrook Park’s 50 natural acres!

In case you missed it. HEAL CITIES make things happen!



Don’t be late for a very important date! Join us down the rabbit hole for a Mad Hatter’s Ball! Come to a land of curiosities wild and new, and enjoy an evening in Wonderland with dinner and dancing! Wear your best attire for all to admire.
Tune in next week for photos of this 12th annual SOLD OUT event that needs a great space like the PAL gym to keep going for years to come!

Holy Queen of Hearts Batman!



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