WE NEED YOUR HELPING HANDS!
The City works with a number of wonderful volunteer and Friends groups to help keep our parks and open spaces healthy and beautiful. Below is a list of park stewardship events where we need volunteer help to protect and restore the natural areas of our community. New events will be added periodically, so please check back for updated information. Thank you for your continued support of Lake Oswego's natural park areas!
We recommend that volunteers wear long pants, sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Feel free to bring heavy-duty work gloves, pruners and loppers. Please bring reusable water bottles; this simple step will assist us in our efforts to reduce waste.
Please check this website before attending a Stewardship work party to get any updates or changes.
If you would like to organize an event, please contact Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, at 503-534-5697 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Stewardship Opportunities
It’s Time to Dig In at Southwood Park!
February 11, SAT. 10A – 12P
It’s Time to Dig In! Friends of Southwood Park welcome you to help plant native species and hopefully contribute to a healthier stream. These native species provide food and shelter to bug eaters and pollinators, which benefits the entire park ecosystem. Southwood Park is a hidden treasure and harbors towering trees and a beautiful stream that was recently uncovered by dedicated volunteers. The park is often visited by wandering deer and birds of prey. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: 6200 Pamela St., Portland 97219
Contact: Kim Valley 503-336-4646 email@example.com
Time to Get Your Gloves On at Springbrook Park!
February 18, SAT. 9 – 11A
Time to Get Your Gloves On! Friends of Springbrook Park invite you to plant native species and trees. If there’s time, grab a pruner and do some invasive removal. We’ll be working in tandem with Oswego Lake Watershed Council to restore this 50 acre natural area back to a vibrant and healthy habitat. When you’re done volunteering, enjoy this incredible forest and explore the network of trails that meander over creeks, hills and dales. Watch for a variety of birds and small critters that call this natural area their home. Look for directional signs to the Stewardship work party site. Meet at trailhead kiosk by Vine Maple trail. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: Along Fir Ridge Rd. (off of Wembley Park Rd.) Meet at trailhead kiosk by Vine Maple trail.
Hit The Trails At East Waluga Park!
FEBRUARY 25, SAT. 9:30 - 11:30A
Our park trails at East Waluga Park are being loved to death! Please help Friends of Waluga Parks improve and restore the trails as you divert some streams, spread gravel and repair a muddy puddle on the trail. You may even spy blue heron, eagles, raccoons and deer in this unique park that has trails connecting over to West Waluga Park. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed parental release form; Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: 15505 Quarry Rd.
Contact: Will Mahoney-Watson 503-752-3430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Inaugural Work Party At Cornell Corridor Of Trees!
March 5, SUN. 1 – 3P
Free the Trees! Be part of the inaugural Stewardship work party to Free the Trees in the Cornell Corridor of Trees Natural Area! These 3 acres are “On The Wild Side” and the trees are covered in ivy and surrounded by invasive vegetation. Don’t miss Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods first work party in this natural area that’s home to many animals, birds and a large variety of natural plants. Your Stewardship help is needed to restore this unique "Corridor of Trees" to its natural healthy status! There will be a short walk down Cornell St. to the hillside work site. Look for Stewardship work party directional signs. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: Larch St., off Cornell St. Look for Stewardship work party directional signs.
Contact: Barbara Fisher 503-636-3153 or email@example.com
Be Indiana Jones at West Waluga Park!
MARCH 11, SAT. 9:30 - 11:30A
Channel your inner Indiana Jones and trek through the West Waluga Park woods looking for ancient artifacts from civilization! Join Friends of Waluga Parks as they uncover and haul out an abandoned boat trailer buried deep in the woods. Follow clues and uncover metal fence posts that need to be removed so the forest can remain natural. This is a Stewardship opportunity like none other and you don’t want to miss it! Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: 15775 Waluga Dr.
Contact: Will Mahoney-Watson 503-752-3430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come And Get The Dirt At Woodmont Park!
MARCH 12, SAT. 1 - 3P
Come And Get The Dirt! Help nurture Lake Oswego’s newest natural park with Friends of Woodmont Park. Pick up a shovel and plant native species, remove invasive vegetation and maybe spread some mulch. These efforts contribute to important habitat for plants, birds, animals and pollinators. Don’t forget to wander through Woodmont Park’s treasure trove of open fields, old orchards and lush woods. Take a look at the babbling stream that was recently freed of bramble thickets. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: Intersection of Atwater Rd and Knaus Rd.
Contact: Heidi Schrimsher 503-754-6640 or email@example.com
Dig In At Springbrook PArk!
MarCH 18, SAT. 9 – 11A
Dig in and plant native species and tender trees with the Friends of Springbrook Park invite you to lend a helping hand with the planting of native trees and plants along with ivy pulling and invasive plant removal. Springbrook Park is just waiting for you to explore the 50 acre network of trails that meander over creeks, hills and dales. Springbrook Park is behind the soccer field of Uplands Grade School. Look for directional signs to the Stewardship work party site. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: 2055 Wembley Park Rd. (Uplands Grade School ) Park is behind the Uplands Grade School soccer field
Contact: Ginny Haines 503-699-4082 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free The Trees at Iron Mountain Park!
March 19, SUN. 1 - 3P
Get Your Gloves On! Help out Friends of Iron Mountain Park as they tackle ivy and invasive species. These pesky plants threaten to smother native species that call this natural area their home. Your Stewardship help is needed in this large 51 acre natural park and contributes to the health of this diverse ecosystem. Iron Mountain Park contains a unique wetland that is home to industrious beavers and other water based animals, birds and amphibians. Explore the scenic trails that traverse the hillside for hiking and horseback riding. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Park at: Trailhead is off graveled Brookside Rd., which is off Twin Fir Rd. (The trailhead is behind the Oswego Hunt Club)
Contact: Mike Buck 503-914-8607 or email@example.com
Lets Pull Together at Woodmont Park!
April 9, Sun.1 – 3p
Keep your eyes open for the owl that frequents Woodmont Park as you help restore the natural areas. Grab a shovel and plant native species to bring back balance to the healthy ecosystem of this natural area. Maybe you will wrangle some ivy and remove invasive plants. There could even be mulch to spread….so many Stewardship options await! Share a couple of hours with Friends of Woodmont Park and leave knowing you made an impact on the environment. Wander through Woodmont Park’s treasure trove of open fields, old orchards and lush woods. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water to drink.
Park at: Intersection of Atwater Rd and Knaus Rd.
Contact: Heidi Schrimsher 503-754-6640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Roll Up Your Sleeves At Iron Mountain Park!
April 30, SUN 1 – 3:00P
Roll up your sleeves with Friends of Iron Mountain Park to restore this incredible 51 acre natural area to a healthy eco-balance. Whether planting native species or removing invasives that smother the native plants, each bit of Stewardship makes a difference. Hike Iron Mountain Park’s winding trails up to the scenic overlook and view wetlands and a hidden pond! Beavers, deer, rabbits, raccoons and other critters appreciate your TLC in this large natural area that is their home! Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water.
Parking: Trailhead is off graveled Brookside Rd., which is off Twin Fir Rd. (The trailhead is behind the Oswego Hunt Club)
Contact: Mike Buck 503-914-8607 email@example.com
Give Mother Earth A Helping Hand!
MAY 6, SAT., 9 - 11A
We need you to help lend Mother Earth a hand or two! Join in Friends of Springbrook Park as they remove invasives and ivy that threaten to smother the natural species. Native plants and animals will thrive as Springbrook Park's eco balance is restored.This 50 acre park is a true treasure and it hosts babbling Springbrook Creek that feeds Oswego Lake. Explore the 2 miles of winding trails, cross over a couple footbridges and soak up the natural beauty of the forest. The park is often visited by wandering deer and birds of prey. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves and water to drink.
Park at: 2055 Wembley Park Rd. (Uplands Grade School ) Park is behind the Uplands Grade School soccer field
Contact: Kim Sloat 503-860-8665 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information,
please visit: lo-stewardship.org
or call Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, 503-534-5697.
Stewardship Snapshots and Past Events
Campbell Native Garden - May 26, 2016
A hearty shout out to the LDS Youth Group for freshening up the wood chip trail that winds through this beautiful natural area. Who knew that spreading wood chips could be turned into a game called The Amazing Race? Dozens of eager volunteers and their youth leaders raced to complete their section of trail while being timed...bravo teams!
Woodmont PArk - Apr. 23, 2016
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to partake in a Stewardship work party! Mother Earth was truly celebrated by volunteers that cared passionately about the natural areas of Lake Oswego's beautiful parks. The sun came out between rain showers and the awesome Friends of Woodmont Park led volunteers as they protected and enhanced one of Lake Oswego’s newest parks. The ivy and invasive plants did not have a chance against the efforts of the volunteers on Earth Day. Each volunteer working in Woodmont Park made a huge difference restoring the health of the natural area. Mother Earth says Thank You Volunteers for sharing your time forward for all to enjoy my healthy and natural wonder.
IRON Mountain PARK - Apr. 17, 2016
Free the Trees! This rousing battle cry was heard loud and clear by the dedicated volunteers that continued in the battle against the aggressive invasive species in Iron Mountain Park! Friends of Iron Mountain welcomed the Invasive Army to pull out the creeping ivy and invasive species in this expansive 50 acre park. Volunteers have made great progress restoring the park, but there are many native species still waiting to be freed of ivy. The park contains a unique plant community, birds of prey and owls. Deer are common visitors along the paths!
SOUTHWOOD PARK - Apr. 16, 2016
Friends of Southwood Park were blessed with many helping hands that let beautiful native plants flourish in this treasured park. The dedicated volunteers restored native plants and tackled the ivy and the pesky invasive species which were crowding the natural area of this park. These awesome volunteers were led by Kim Valley and all were warmed by the brilliant sun as they worked outdoors with others that cared about the health of this beautiful forest and natural park space. Thank you volunteers!
Freepons Park - Mar. 27, 2016
The Easter Bunny's egg-citing egg hunts at multiple parks were a tough act to follow! We give major kudos to the Egg-cellent volunteers that jumped over to Freepons Park to help pull ivy and remove invasives! A big shout out to Barbara Fisher of Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods. Barbara gathered tools and supplies for the volunteers and could be found deep in Freepons Park chasing after the ivy and invasives!
SOUTHWOOD PARK - Mar. 26, 2016
Friends of Southwood Park hopped to it and welcomed eager volunteers over the Easter weekend! Together they restored native plants and tackled the ivy and the invasive species that crowded the natural areas of the park. inspiration was easily found in this tucked away forest! Southwood Park is a hidden treasure and harbors towering trees, meandering paths, an expansive meadow and a beautiful stream. The park is often visited by wandering deer and birds of prey. Sending baskets of thanks for all the Stewardship volunteers who did an egg-cellent job helping the Friends of Southwood Park!
Iron Mountain Park - Mar. 13, 2016
Mother Nature brought out the water works but it did not dampen the spirits or energy of the determined Friends of Iron Mountain Park and their dedicated volunteers! 130 native plants were tucked along 500 feet of a trailside corridor to act as a buffer at the base of the slope water is. The Friends of Iron Mountain received the Gray Thompson Grant for $500 from the Clackamas County Master Gardeners. Congratulations for being awarded the grant! Ivy and invasive species did not stand a chance against these muddy, wet and determined volunteers who braved the rain, winds and rocky digging terrain! 3 cheers for the Iron Mountain Park Dream Team!
Springbrook Park - Mar. 12, 2016
An army of over two dozen energized volunteers swooped into the heart of Springbrook Park to plant many hundreds of native plants. Shovels in hand, the volunteers carried containers of the tender native plants to the areas that had been cleared of invasive ivy by previous volunteer stewardship. Volunteers both young and old took great delight in digging holes to nestle these wonderful native plants in. This planting of hundreds of native species will help restore the vegetation balance in this incredible 50 acre natural park. Hoo-rah for Friends of Springbrook Park and their army of awesome volunteers!
Woodmont Park - Mar.6, 2016
Friends of Woodmont Park opened their arms to welcome in families for an afternoon of Stewardship in the natural areas of this jewel of a park. It was great to see kiddos volunteering alongside adults to remove invasive species in one of Lake Oswego's newest natural parks. From exploring the old orchards, wandering the trails about the meadows, trekking the paths through the forest, and following the meandering stream, the volunteers were immersed in a variety of nature at her finest as they removed invasive species. Bravo to mentoring forward the Stewardship vision to the next generation!
West Waluga Park - Mar. 5, 2016
The West Waluga woods were alive with the voices of excited volunteers deep within the forest as a group removed some invasive plants and noticed deer tracks in the damp earth. If this was not enough excitement, an ancient boat trailer that has trees growing through its frame was discovered deep in the forest. The old boat trailer is not on the invasive species removal list, so it will remain entrapped in the trees and part of the forest lore about the deep part of the woods! The rest of the forest revealed the typical invasives for removal, from ivy to blackberries to garlic mustard. The boy scouts were out in full force and gathered up a large pile of garbage that was found scattered through out the woods. Thank you to the two dozen volunteers that came out on a sunny afternoon to share Stewardship with West Waluga Park!
springrook park - feb. 13, 2016
The Friends of Springbrook Park hand delivered a wonderful Valentine to their treasured park as they planted 250 native plants. Thanks to the help of a couple dozen volunteers, Springbrook Park is healthier than ever and ready for the gentle rains to water her newest native species plants. Thanks to one and all for continuing to spread Valentine love throughout this sweetheart of a natural park!
Freepons park - jan. 24, 2016
Dozens of volunteers started 2016 off with a Bang as they helped eradicate the ivy from Freepons Park's natural wooded areas. The towering fir trees and majestic maples all breathed a sign of relief after the work party. Thanks to the devotion of the Friends Group, Freepons Park is almost free of the smothering ivy. Stay tuned for their next work party and you may be the lucky volunteer who frees the last tree in this area from ivy!
IRON Mountain park - NOV. 15, 2015
Hundreds of native plants were gently placed into the forest floor at Iron Mt. park by a strong showing of volunteers.The prep work behind the scenes to prepare the forest floor involved numerous work parties to pull ivy off trees, remove blackberries and eliminate other invasive plants. These new native plants will help the forest return to its natural balanced state and provide habitat for native insects, birds and animals. This planting had perfect timing as the recent rains gave the plants a generous welcome soaking! A large round of applause to Mike Buck who rallied the troops and had a great volunteer turnout for the final Iron Mt Friends Group work party of 2015. Over this year tremendous headway was made in the woods of Iron Mt park with the removal of invasive ivy off hundreds of trees. Thank you Iron Mt Friends Group for all you did in 2015!
hallinan Woods - nov. 8, 2015
Hands on at Hallinan! This was indeed the case as over 20 people showed up to help plant native species in Hallinan Woods. The piles of empty native plants pots grew taller as the day progressed! Bravo to all the Cub Scouts and their Dads who braved the rain and came to the planting party! Not only were ferns, native trees and other species planted, but garbage was rounded up, too! Hard to believe that besides garbage, a mattress and a tire were dumped in these woods. Thank you volunteers and Scouts for paying it forward in the beautiful natural areas of the parks!
West waluga park - nov. 7, 2015
Friends of East Waluga Park put on their rain gear once again and headed out to West Waluga Park to attack the ivy that is smothering the trees. There is no shortage of Stewardship in the Waluga Friends Group...they brave the rain, sleet and wind to care for the natural areas of East and West Waluga Parks! Thank you one and all for your continued vision to restore West Waluga park's natural areas back to a healthy and balanced ecological system!
southwood park - nov. 7, 2015
Hundreds of native species were planted by the Friends of Southwood Park on Saturday....this involved making hundreds of holes in the ground for this planting! The rain could not deter these hearty volunteers who are committed to Stewardship of the natural areas of Southwood Park! The Friends of Southwood Park are true Stewards of this jewel of a park and have spent hundreds of hours removing invasive species to get ready for this restoration of native plants! Thank you one and all for realizing the importance of Stewardship in the natural areas of the parks for today's visitors and generations to come!
woodmont park - nov. 1, 2015
Tucked away between an old orchard, a forest, a stream, a meadow and a meandering trail is lovely Woodmont Park. With all that beautiful nature comes several dreaded invasive species including blackberries and ivy. A big round of applause to the faithful Friends of Woodmont Park who came out in the rain to remove invasive species and helped return this diverse park to its natural habitat! It takes focus, planning, time, effort and manpower to have a vision and see it through. Thank you to Heidi Schrimsher for her keen focus on the Stewardship of Woodmont Park.
lily bay natural area - oct. 25, 2015
3 cheers to the hearty individuals that came out in record rain to participate in Lily Bay Pond's first ivy pull and invasive plant removal work party! A heartfelt thank you goes to Melissa Messner, who rounded up a dozen dedicated neighbors of this hidden sliver of natural land to remove the ivy from trees in the pouring rain! Eric Hirschberger, from the Parks Department, was on hand to demonstrate the proper way to remove ivy and to help with all the trash that was accumulated. The trees can now breath more freely thanks to these intrepid volunteers! Bravo and another 3 cheers for volunteering to pull ivy, cut blackberries and pick up garbage in record rain fall!
west waluga Park - oct. 24, 2015
The wonderful Friends of East Waluga Park graciously expanded their territory when they crossed over into West Waluga Park for the first time to start invasive plant removal. West Waluga Park is already breathing a sign of relief now that it knows help is on the way! Thank you Will Mahoney-Watson and team! You embody the true meaning of Stewardship in the natural areas of these parks as you go above and beyond!
IRON MOUNTAIN PARK - OCT.18, 2915
The dedicated Friends of Iron Mountain welcomed a crew of amazing volunteers to help them plant native species and wage battle against the smothering ivy and invasive weeds that live in the 50.99 acres of natural park. Hundreds of native plants were reintroduced into the forest, trees were freed of ivy and invasive species were removed to allow the native species to flourish.This natural park contains a unique and very diverse plant community over different elevations....from beautiful wetlands to winding trails across the forest floor to treasured oak covered hillsides...there is so much to appreciate in Iron Mt Park! Thank you volunteers for helping nurture this valuable natural area!
SPRINGBROOK PARK - OCT. 17, 2015
The natural area was bustling with roughly two dozen volunteers ranging from grade school aged volunteers to adults. The overcast weather and rain couldn't keep folks away form this planting party. Native species were delivered by Parks Maintenance and tools were provided by the Stewardship program to accommodate this wonderful volunteer outreach. There was endless energy and a positive atmosphere at this volunteer work party as native plants were nestled into the forest floor. Springbrook Park is looking better and more healthy than ever thanks to the long term vision and stewardship of Friends of Springbrook Park.Thank you for caring so passionately about this incredible 50.49 acres of woods, streams and trails.
HALLINAN WOODS - OCT. 11, 2015
Nestled behind the soccer field at Hallinan Grade School is a hidden 3.72 acre oasis of towering fir trees with a meandering stream that winds through the forest. Hallinan Woods hosts a thriving forest ecosystem and this special oasis was given a big boost by the Friends of Hallinan Heights with their native species planting work party. Neighbors and friends showed up to lend a helping hand (and helping shovel!) to plant hundreds of native species along the forest floor. The weather forecast was spot on and the little plants received much needed watering from Mother Nature. Thank you Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods for your passion for returning Hallinan Woods to a healthy and native plant status.
WOODMONT PARK - SEPT. 27, 2015
A big shout out to Friends of Woodmont Park and all that joined this dedicated group of volunteers to wage battle against the ivy and invasive species. It is rare to find a small park that offers so much diversity....from an old apple orchard, to open fields to a dense forest to a winding stream...all complete with a variety of wildlife and an assortment of birds that call this park home. It is very encouraging to have support in restoring this 6.7 acres of treasured natural land and ridding it of invasive species. Kudos to the Weed Warriors!
FREEPONS PARK, SOUTHWOOD PARK AND WOODMONT PARK - SEPT. 12, 2015
The September 12th Mega Volunteer Outreach was a resounding success! Ryan Stee, Megan Big John and the heads of Hallinan Heights, Southwood and Woodmont Friends Groups worked shoulder to shoulder with about 250 eager volunteers.
The majority of the volunteers were stationed at Freepons Park to lend helping hands for two and a half hours. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints provided the majority of volunteers. Barbara and Jim Fisher (FOHH) mentored around a hundred adults and teens as they removed ivy in Freepons Woods. Barbara reported about 75% of the trees are now ivy free! Trash that was hidden under ivy filled up 4 large bags! About a hundred adults and young children spread huge piles of bark chips, scrubbed playground equipment, weeded flower beds, cleaned light fixtures and bike racks. Also, several folks strolling through Freepons Park stopped by the registration area to see what was going on and ended up putting on gloves, grabbing a pruner and removing invasives!
Across town at Southwood Park, Mary Solares (FOSW) directed about 30 volunteers that cut a swath through blackberry thickets to reach 25 trees that they then freed from ivy. This seclude area was difficult to get to and these heroic volunteers persevered! Mary reports that the main area of the park is now free from invasives! Frank Ness (FOSW) was there to mentor the volunteers as they eradicated the ivy and blackberry vines.
At Woodmont Park, Heidi Schrimsher (FOWP) and Eric Hirschberger worked with over a dozen volunteers of all ages to eradicate invasives. They were treated to cake and cookies provided by a very elderly neighbor who wanted to be "part of the volunteer outreach!" Woodmont Park is the test park for the city to only use manual labor to remove invasives. Heidi noted that it takes a great number of manhours, with repeated work parties, to keep ahead of the invasive growth. All are welcome to join Woodmont's next work party, Sun., Sept. 27th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
We hope to have more Mega Stewardship events like this that make a huge impact in our beautiful parks' natural area.
SPRINGBROOK PARK - AUG. 27, 2015
Three rounds of cheers for the 70 Lake Oswego High School Cross Country Team that once again helped out for several hours to preserve Springbrook Park! These great students pulled ivy and other invasive species along the stream corridors. Paul Lyons, of the Springbrook Park Friends Group, reports that the ivy pulling is part of a longer term effort for watershed improvement of the two streams that start in the park. The determined students shoveled and hauled gravel to trails that needed some TLC to fill holes in them. A special shout out to coaches Eric Lider and Liz Howells for helping coordinate this wonderful act of Stewardship at Springbrook Park. Good Luck Lakers at your Cross Country meets!
FREEPONS PARK - jUNE 14, 2015
Two young deer were spotted enjoying the foliage in Freepons Park woods during the invasive species work party. The deer finished their grazing and then scampered across the park leaving the dedicated volunteers hard at work. Bravo! 127 trees were cleared of English Ivy by 17 Hallinan Heights Neighborhood Association volunteers on this sunny afternoon. The volunteers cut and pulled English Ivy off the trees, insuring the towering fir trees will survive and thrive for years to come in this 4.8 acre woods.The Freepons Park woods were full of surprises for the young and older volunteers. More wildlife was discovered by children as they helped collect two large buckets of garbage from the woods. There was great glee when they discovered a rough-skinned newt making his home in a discarded soda pop can!
Jim & Barbara Fisher, co-coordinators of the Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods (Hallinan Woods, Freepons Park Woods and Cornell Corridor of Trees) are leading the effort, dedicated to restoring our Hallinan Heights Neighborhood Natural Areas. If you would like to be a member of this group, please contact them: email@example.com.
Thank you awesome volunteers for sharing your sunny Sunday afternoon to protect and nurture the woods of Hallinan Park!
2014 - 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Bar B Que Honors Park Stewards
On June 10th the Parks Department showed appreciation for its many dedicated Friends and Neighborhood Groups volunteers with a festive Bar B Que at Luscher Farm. The Parks staff, Mayor Studebaker, City Manager Scott Lazenby and Councilors Joe Buck, Jeff Gudman and Jackie Manz came out to thank the celebrated volunteers. All 7 friends Groups and Neighborhood Groups were represented along with Boy Scouts, church groups and local jr high and high schools. Close to 100 folks enjoyed a tasty dinner and witnessed The Big Stewardship Reveal when Mayor Studebaker commissioned a new cargo trailer and tools for the Stewardship program! Megan Big John of Parks Maintenance and Ryan Stee of Planning and Natural Area Stewardship shared that the City manages over 628 acres of parks. Over 450 acres of these parks are natural areas with various functions. There is great appreciation for the Stewardship program volunteers that have helped remove invasive species from the parks for over 20 years!
Among these amazing volunteers are individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to the parks. These outstanding volunteers are leaders who have contributed countless hours to help protect and mentor the natural areas Lake Oswego’s diverse and beautiful parks. They collaborated with the city to help develop work plans for the natural areas of the parks. They created and scheduled volunteer work parties, attended Quarterly Friends Group Forums, helped recruit volunteers and oversaw the training of volunteers. These park stewards have encouraged dozens of volunteers in the blistering sun, torrential downpours, frosty mornings and the net result was hundreds of trees were freed from ivy and hundreds of hours were devoted to pulling out invasive species from the parks’ natural areas. Bravo volunteers!
The Parks and Recreation Stewardship Program has recognized and honored the following volunteers for Outstanding Stewardship Service 2014 – 2015:
Friends of East Waluga
Will Mahoney Watson and Cheryl Uchida
Friends of Iron Mountain Park
Mike Buck and Joy Prideaux
Friends of Lusher Farm
Laura Masterson and Heidi Schrimsher
Friends of Rogerson Clematis
Friends of Southwood Park
Frank Ness, Mary Solares and Kim Valley
Friends of Springbrook Park
Jim Evans, Paul Lyons, Doug McKean
Friends of Woodmont Park
Heidi Schrimsher and Craig Stephens
Friends of Hallinan Woods (In process)
Barbara Fisher and Jim Fisher
Jon Bradley and Judy Dauble
and that's the way we roll....
The Friends Groups and Neighborhood Groups were honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Bar B Que at Luscher Farm on June 10th. Attendees had the option to take part in a very unique contest: to Name the Stewardship Wheelbarrows! The judges agonized over the selection of just 2 names from 72 witty monikers that were submitted. After much deliberation, the 2 names selected just happened to be from the same contestant. And that's the way we roll!
First Place: Paul Lyons
Wheely and Dumpy
Paul will receive a $20 gift card from Kyra's Bake Shop
Runner Up: Kim Studebaker
Ollie Oswego and Stan the Steward
Kim will receive a $10 gift card from Kyra's Bake Shop
Couldn't resist sharing a few other clever names submitted:
Paul Bunyan and Big Blue: Lana Sim
Clyde (s) and Dale (Work horses): Stephanie Barton
Rusty and Bertha: Mary Solares
Hercules Hauler and Iron Man: Jen Van Wagoner
Woodmont Park - May 24, 2015
Nestled in the midst of an old orchard, cradling a beautiful stream and surrounded by meadows and towering fir trees lies one of Lake Oswego's newest parks, Woodmont Park. This hidden jewel is just waiting for you to discover it and meet the awesome group of park stewards that are removing invasive species, one work party at a time! Thank you to the Friends of Woodmont Park for each strand of ivy pulled, each blackberry vine removed and all your efforts!
CAMPBELL NATIVE GARDEN - MAY 16, 2015
A big shout out to over a dozen of the energetic members of Rotary Club's Community Service Committee! The Lake Oswego Rotary came out in full force on Saturday to do some much needed maintenance in the Campbell Native Garden. This garden showcases native species all along its meandering paths that border Springbrook Creek.
The Rotary spent hours on Saturday morning chopping down overgrown brush, pulling out invasive species and opening up the garden to more sunlight for the native species.
Megan Big John and Eric Hirschberger of Lake Oswego Parks Maintenance were on site to provide direction and help with the restoration of Campbell Native Garden.Thank you Rotary and LO Parks Maintenance!
SPRINGBROOK PARK - MAY 3, 2015
The new colorful Stewardship signs drew volunteers across the Uplands fields and playground and over to the Ninebark trail. Friends of Springbrook Park came out in droves to wrangle the ivy off the trees near Ninebark trail on Sunday. There were large piles of ivy along the trail....evidence of many hours of Stewardship lived forward for Springbrook Park. It was great meeting an involved Jr. High volunteer who was there with her mother helping eradicate the invasive plants. Several of the dedicated Friends Group were deep in the woods pulling ivy and cutting away blackberry vines. Community members that were walking along Ninebark trail were amazed at all the volunteering efforts taking place to reclaim Springbrook Park from the tenacious invasives. Bravo to the Stewards of Springbrook Park!
WOODMONT PARK - APR. 26, 2015
Friends of Woodmont Park worked diligently to pull out massive blackberry vines, roots and all. It was a full on attack against the ivy and other invasives entailing hand removal and elbow grease. Lovely mahonia were planted and will thrive now that the invasive species have been removed. Friends of Woodmont Park invite you to join them in one of Lake Oswego's newest parks and stroll through the orchard, forest and meadow. The stream is now visible after North West Youth Corp. worked there for 3 weeks with a crew of 10. Hundreds of hours of hand removal of ivy, blackberry thickets and other invasive species has occurred over the past month. Thank you Stewards and North West Youth Corp for all your time and efforts!
GLENMORRIE NEIGHBORHOOD - APR. 26, 2015
Over 50 neighbors came together to clear invasive ivy, blackberry vines and tackle the scotch broom that was rampant in the natural areas of the neighborhood. An accomplishment worthy of a trophy was the removal of over two hundred scotch broom plants with the help of two Pullerbear tools and a lot of muscle power! Dedicated stewards of the natural forest areas also collected two large bags of garbage that had been thrown in the ravine. Thank you for going the extra mile and in investing in the restoration of the natural areas. The Glenmorrie Neighborhood invites you to visit some exceptional trees if you are out for a stroll in the neighborhood and learn the history of the hidden stone bridge! Pick up a copy of The Trees of Glenmorrie: A History and Tree Walk Guide, at the City Hall (380 A Avenue) or online at glenmorrie.wordpress.com.
IRON MOUNTAIN - APR. 19, 2015
Who would have guessed the temperature would hit 80' in mid April? After donning hats and sunscreen, 16 dedicated volunteers worked together in the heat wave on scenic Iron Mountain Park to remove invasive Engish ivy and to protect the forest floor. Thank you to each volunteer that gave of their time to serve as Stewards to protect the natural areas in this forested park. Mike Buck, the awesome work party organizer, spotted two deer that blended perfectly in the vegetation in the woods. There were also sightings of some beautiful spring wild flowers along the trail....hopefully, the deer will decide to graze on other vegetation! Take a hike this Spring along these forested trails and you will discover a large variety of vegetation, wildlife and vistas.
EAST WALUGA PARK NEIGHBORHOOD - APR. 11, 2015
The Waluga Neighborhood Association came together on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 am to noon and lucked out on some sunshine on this volatile day of Spring weather. Over 15 devoted volunteers, including some awesome Boy Scouts, successfully planted about a dozen vine maples and evergreen huckleberry bushes. Mulch was shoveled from a large pile into wheelbarrows and dumped and spread along Quarry Road pathway in front East Waluga Park. A special thank you goes to Cheryl Uchida for coordinating this volunteer effort and lining up refreshments for the hard working volunteers. Thank you to one and all for coming out to volunteer and make a difference in Lake Oswego.
Southwood Park - Apr. 11, 2015
The trees are singing "Thank You Volunteers!" Over 40 people rallied in Southwood Park and volunteered from 10:00 am to noon through hail, rain, wind and finally sunshine! Ivy was pulled off the trees and accumulated in massive piles that were then dispersed to naturally decompose. Beautiful trillium were released from the smothering ivy and now they move in the wind. Blackberry vines did not stand a chance against this mighty troop of volunteers! From young to old, each volunteer made a big difference in restoring Southwood Park to its native state. Ball Creek runs through Southwood Park and is now more visible with the removal of the massive blackberry thickets. A special shout out to Mary Solares for organizing this Stewardship day. Mary shared that the ivy removal by local volunteers has been going on for over 25 years. Close to 90% of the trees are now free from ivy and the sunlight now reaches the forest floor. Great job current and past stewards of Southwood Park!
BRYANT WOODS PARK - APR. 4, 2015
Members of Lakeridge's Track and Field and Cross Country teams returned to Bryant Woods Park to continue working on the trails. Over 20 students and their coaches gave back to their community with physical efforts moving gravel and improving the trails enjoyed by all who frequent Bryant Woods. The Pacers have 140 hours invested in Bryant Woods with a projected 20 hours remaining in the first phase. Don't be surprised if you see some Pacers running on one of these awesome, improved trails during a track or cross country workout! Thank you and best of luck to the Pacers!
SPRINGBROOK PARK - SOUTHWOOD PARK and CAMPBELL NATIVE GARDEN, APR. 3, 2015
Thank you Lake Oswego High School for providing so many awesome volunteers in Lake Oswego's parks on Community Service Day! The Laker Cross Country/Track and Field Teams team were in continual motion and brought a great work ethic and positive attitude to Springbrook Park. Eric Lider and Jim Evans (both Stewards of Springbrook Park) led by example as they directed the students in spreading 10 – 12 yards of ¼ inch gravel to repair and improve about 300 yards of the trail. These students worked very hard as they shoveled piles of gravel, delivered wheelbarrows full of heavy gravel to the trail sites, raked gravel and leveled pathways for hours. Kudos to Eric for continuing his trail maintenance and working on the trails in Springbrook Park with the Lake Oswego Parks Department. These trails are a huge benefit for the community and for the LOHS cross country team to run on. Wishing the Lakers a great Cross Country and Track season!
Across the town there was another crew of diligent and upbeat LOHS student volunteers working hard at Southwood Park. These students spent hours pulling ivy off of trees, freeing the trillium from invasive species on the forest floor and removing blackberry vines. This is challenging work and the end results were amazing as the forest was brought back to its healthy and natural state in Southwood Park. The beautiful, towering fir trees were given a new lease on life with the invasive ivy removed from them and the ferns and trillium are able to find sunlight to grow! Kim Valley and Mary Solares were awesome as they rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside the students. (Of course they did!)
At the beautiful Campbell Native Garden, there was another great team of LOHS student volunteers that worked with members of the Lake Oswego Rotary. This hidden jewel of a park was given some TLC by these volunteers to help showcase the native species, that are highlighted with educational signage on trail markers. These eager volunteers also did native plantings and helped maintain the meandering paths that border the wandering stream bed. Thank you Rotary for leading the charge at Campbell Native Garden!
BRYANT WOODS - MAR. 23 and 24, 2015
We wish you could have seen the incredible energy, great work ethic and positive attitude the Pacer Cross Country/Track and Field Teams brought to Bryant Woods Park! There were between 25 – 30 students, 4 coaches and a half dozen parents on BOTH Monday and Tuesday of Spring Break improving the park trails. Thanks to this dedicated team, 28 yards of gravel was spread on the main trail through Bryant Woods Park. As if this volunteer effort wasn’t enough, Coach Spear said his team will come back April 4th and spread an additional 8 yards of gravel! Over 100 hours of volunteer service have been gifted by these awesome students to Bryant Woods Park. We checked in with the Pacer team on both days and want to complement each of the students. It’s not easy shoveling piles of gravel, running wheelbarrows full of heavy gravel to the trail sites,raking gravel and leveling pathways for hours….all with an upbeat attitude! Each Pacer we talked to was courteous and a pleasure to meet. The coaching team was hands on and led by example as they motivated their students. A special shout out to Coach Spear for coordinating this volunteer stewardship opportunity for his teams!
EAST WALUGA PARK - FEB. 21,2015
The woods were alive with the sounds of happy voices from volunteers working to Free the Trees from the ivy. Several energetic Boy Scouts tackled massive vines that were smothering trees...and were the proud victors of the ivy battle! East Waluga Park Steward Will Mahoney-Watson found a special project for these very helpful Boy Scouts. They extracted rusting old metal fence posts that were half buried in the natural park area. Well done, Scouts! There were over a dozen dedicated volunteers working deep in the woods as they tackled blackberry vines and invasive ivy that was climbing the trees. This is an ongoing project and the trees are breathing a sigh of relief. Thank you volunteers!
Springbrook Park - Feb. 21, 2015
A great turnout of a couple dozen volunteers and active friends were led by Springbrook Park Stewards Paul Lyons and Doug McKean.
Parks Maintenance dropped off over a hundred plants and shovels early on to the eager volunteers that were there to help plant native species back into the park. It was a brilliant, sunny day and the enthusiastic volunteers completed the well-orchestrated, planting by noon. In an hour and a half volunteers planted 150 native trees and ferns as part of a long-term restoration of the Park. Many stayed longer to free the beautiful trees of invasive ivy. Thank you one and all for helping bring Lake Oswego's beautiful park back to balance.
Thanks to the Friess family who rolled up their sleeves and helped with the plantings in beautiful Springbrook Park. We appreciate the time families take to model stewardship to their children in the wonderful natural areas in Lake Oswego's parks!
Hallinan Greenway - Feb. 21, 2015
The natural greenway area was bustling with roughly three dozen volunteers ranging from a dozen grade school aged volunteers to adults. Hallinan Park Stewards Barbara and Jim Fisher greeted young and old volunteers with great enthusiasm. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the neighbors came out in droves to help better their forested greenway nestled behind Hallinan Elementary. Native species were delivered by Parks Maintenance, who then stayed to assist with plantings and the coordination of invasive species removal. There was endless energy and a very positive atmosphere at this volunteer work party! Hallinan Greenway is looking better and more healthy than ever! Thank you for your stewardship!
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