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in Parks and Natural Areas

Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has several recognized Friends Groups and Neighborhood Associations that continue to provide hundreds of hours of volunteer maintenance/invasive control in several of Lake Oswego's parks.  The Friends Groups are a grass roots movement of dedicated volunteers that work with the City staff and organize work years in advance.  Some Neighborhood Associations* have also adopted local parks and provide many hours of invasive control as well.  These groups have been integral in the successful removal of invasive flora that infest parks and natural areas throughout the region.  Invasive removal occurs during the many work parties throughout year in coordination with the Friends Group leads and City staff.

*For Neighborhood Association Resources scroll toward the bottom of the page.






The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite community members to join us for the quarterly Parks Friends and Neighbors Forum. This quarterly event is an opportunity for the friends and neighbor groups who have adopted Lake Oswego Parks to assist with invasive species removal efforts. This is a great opportunity to hear the latest restoration methodologies, meet our Park Ranger, hear about upcoming events, and network with other community members that are passionate about our natural character parks. The event will be held at the West End Building (4101 Kruse Way) from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Willamette Room.

For more information please contact Ryan Stee at 503-697-6575 or




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To learn more about and connect with a Friends Group to volunteer see below.

Friends of Springbrook Park Website CLICK HERE

Friends of Iron Mountain Park (formally Friends of Brookside) Contact Mike Buck at or 503-914-8607

Friends of East Waluga Park contact Will Mahoney Watson at also CLICK HERE to visit the Waluga Neighborhood Association Website at

Friends Groups Resources

Per Resolution 08-83 The Lake Oswego City Council established an administrative policy for park and natural area friends groups.  To read that resolution CLICK HERE. The resolution will explain the intent of friends groups and provide some guidelines.


If you are interested in starting a friends group there are a few steps to follow below:

  1. Organize a group of interested people. The group must consist of at least four active members.
  2. The group members must fill out the Friends Group Application and attach a five year work plan. This will be submitted to the City for review. CLICK HERE for the Friends Group Application.
  3. Submit your application to Ryan Stee with the Parks and Recreation Department at or     503-697-6575.
  4. The application will be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Staff will work with your group to align your 5 year project ideas with current and future City work plans, making sure they coordinate.
  5. The application will then go to both the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Natural Resource Advisory Board for recommendation then presented to Council for approval. Once approved the Friends Group is official and recognized by the City.
  6. The final step will involve the Friends Group to fill out a more detailed work plan for each fiscal year.
  • CLICK HERE for the FY 2012/2013 work plan**.
  • CLICK HERE for the FY 2013/2014 work plan**.
**See annual work plan submittal deadlines in the next section.
  1. The annual work plan will be reviewed by staff and aligned with current City work plans and goals.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Ryan Stee at 503-697-6575.  Staff is here to help and make the process efficient and as simple as possible.


FY 2013/2014*** WORK PLAN DUE DATES.


Work Plan 
Due Date Details Document Associated
November 15, 2013 Due date for Friends Groups seeking any City assistance such as staff support, departmental support or budget requests(this includes dumpsters set up onsite, tools etc.). This due date is essential for any City assistance requests since the budgeting process begins in late November for the following fiscal year. CLICK HERE FOR 13/14  ANNUAL WORK PLAN FORM
November 15, 2013   New Friends Groups Applications (if you are seeking City assistance for the FY 13/14).  Amendments to Friends Groups 5 year work plan.  If you have completed your 5 year work plan or want to make any adjustments to the long range work plan.



*** Work plan timelines are based on the fiscal year (FY) which runs annually from July 1 to June 30.

Please submit work plans to Ryan Stee Parks Project Manager at or mail to P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ryan Stee at 503-697-6575.


Neighborhood Associations also play a vital role in Park and Natural area stewardship.  The following Neighborhood Associations have adopted Parks within their areas and have work parties annually.

Neighborhood Association Stewards
Neighborhood Association “Adopted” Park/Natural Area Contact Information

Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association

Glenmorrie Greenway Coming Soon!
Hallinan Neighborhood Association Hallinan Greenway Coming Soon!
Westwood Neighborhood Association Southwood Park Coming Soon!

Neighborhood Associations that wish to have work parties within Public Property need to submit work plans annually.  Please see the following table for due dates and details. Work plans are based on the fiscal year which runs from July 1 to June 30.

Please submit work plans to Ryan Stee Parks Project Manager at or mail to P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ryan Stee at 503-697-6575.



Invasive removal and planting guide (This will discuss the best times of the year for particular invasive removal and planting for optimal success) -  COMING SOON!

Guidelines for working in Public Properties (This will discuss regulations such as spraying laws)

Friends Forum Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District Invasive Species Presentation CLICK HERE to Download the PDF version (4.4 mb)

If you have any ideas for resources please contact Ryan Stee at