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FRIENDS GROUPS AND NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS*

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.

 EVENTS!

SUMMER QUARTERLY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS STEWARDSHIP FORUM CELEBRATED WITH
A FRIENDS OF THE PARKS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BAR B QUE ON JUNE 10, 2015 

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 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, the Parks Planning and Natural Resource Manager 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. Ivan Anderholm, the Parks and Recreation Director, acknowledged the incredible work gifted by a special group of Honored Park Stewards. Bravo!

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

Nancy Gronowski

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

Glenmorrie Neighborhood

Jon Bradley and Judy Dauble

And That's the Way We Roll....

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   Paul will receive a $20 gift card from Kyra's Bake Shop

Wheely and Dumpy

Runner Up: Kim Studebaker   Kim will receive a $10 gift card from Kyra's Bake Shop

Ollie Oswego and Stan the Steward

 

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

 

SPRING QUARTERLY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS STEWARDSHIP FORUM CONVENED ON MARCH 12, 2015

Thank you to the seven Friends Groups and the  Neighborhood group that shared valuable insights, asked great questions and enjoyed networking with each other at the Quarterly Forum. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department holds quarterly forum events as a benefit to the wonderful  friends and neighbor groups who have adopted Lake Oswego Parks to assist with invasive species removal efforts. This was 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  parks.  The event was held at the West End Building (4101 Kruse Way) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santiam Room.

For more information please contact Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697 or bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us.

 

FRIENDS GROUP STEWARDSHIP EVENTS

 

Date & Time
Event
Location

Sun., Sept 27, 2015

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Weed Warriors Wanted! Friends of Woodmont Park invite you to join them in one of Lake Oswego’s newest parks! Spend time in the lush woods or in the old orchards and hear the birds sing as you help with ivy pulling and invasive plant removal at Woodmont Park. Help plant native species in 6.7 natural areas in one of Lake Oswego's newest parks with varied ecosystems.

Please bring gloves, clippers and water to drink. Wear close toed shoes for uneven terrain. Rain or shine!

Park near Atwater Rd. and Knaus Rd. intersection.

Contact: Heidi Schrimsher

503-754-6640

Heidigarden@msn.com

Sun., Oct. 11, 2015

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hands On at Hallinan! Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods welcome you to help restore Hallinan Woods by planting native species. Towering trees and a meandering stream are just a few of the treasures in this natural area.  Bring the whole family and friends and work in the beautiful Hallinan Woods for an hour or more.

Please wear shoes that are good for uneven ground, bring gloves and water to drink. Please bring your own planting tools.  Meet at the Hemlock St. culdesac.

Park on Hemlock St. or Hallinan St. Meet at the Hemlock culdesac.

Contact: Barbara Fisher

503-636-3153

lanefisher@comcast.net

Sat., Oct 17, 2015

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Time to Get Your Gloves On!  Friends of Springbrook Park invite you to lend a helping hand with the restoration of native species planting along with ivy pulling and invasive plant removal. Springbrook Park is just waiting for you to explore the 50 acres of trails that wander over creeks, hills and dales. Come discover the varied terrain in one of Lake Oswego's valued natural park areas!

Please bring gloves, clippers and water to drink. Wear close toed shoes for uneven terrain. Rain or shine!

Park at Uplands Grade School (off Wembley Park Rd).

Contact: Tom Bland

503-860-8665

blandt50@hotmail.com       or

Doug McKean

503-888-7492

doug.mckean@gmail.com

Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Weed Warriors Wanted!   Friends of Iron Mountain welcome you to help them wage battle against the smothering ivy and invasive weeds that live in the 50.99 acres of natural park. Native species are just waiting to be freed from the ivy and your help at Iron Mountain Park will make a difference! The park contains a unique plant community, birds of prey and owls.  Deer are common visitors along the paths!

Please wear closed toe shoes that are good for uneven ground, bring gloves and water to drink. Rain or shine!

Park at trail head found off Brookside Rd. (behind the Oswego Hunt Club on Iron Mt. Blvd.)

Contact: Mike Buck

503-914-8607

m.bucks@comcast.net

Sat., Oct. 24, 2015

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Free The Trees!  Join Friends of Waluga Park as they tackle the creeping ivy and invasive species in this expansive park.  Blue heron, eagles, raccoons and deer are just a few of the species that have been seen in West Waluga  Park…who knows what you may see in this 23.79 acre park! Friends of Waluga are shifting current focus to West Waluga Park as previous volunteer efforts were focused on East Waluga Park.

Please wear closed toe shoes that are good for uneven ground, bring gloves and water to drink.

Park at West Waluga Park (off Waluga Dr.)

Contact: Will Mahoney-Watson

503-752-3430

will@waluganeighborhood.org

Sun., Nov. 1, 2015

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Weed Warriors Wanted! Friends of Woodmont Park invite you to join them in one of Lake Oswego’s newest parks! Spend time in the lush woods or in the old orchards and hear the birds sing as you help with ivy pulling and invasive plant removal at Woodmont Park. Help plant native species in 6.7 natural areas in one of Lake Oswego's newest parks with varied ecosystems.

Please bring gloves, clippers and water to drink. Wear close toed shoes for uneven terrain. Rain or shine!

Park near Atwater Rd. and Knaus Rd. intersection.

Contact: Heidi Schrimsher

503-754-6640

Heidigarden@msn.com

Sat., Nov. 7, 2015

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Time to Get Your Gloves On!  Join Friends of Southwood Park as they help restore native plants and tackle the ivy and the invasive species that are crowding the natural area of their park.  Southwood Park is a hidden 4.10 acre treasure and harbors towering trees and a beautiful stream. The park is often visited by wandering deer and birds of prey.

Please bring gloves, clippers and water to drink. Wear close toed shoes for uneven terrain. Rain or shine!

Park off SW Pamela or SW 61st St.

Contact: Kim Valley

503-336-4646

kvalley1@yahoo.com

Sat., Nov. 7, 2015

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Free The Trees!   Join Friends of Waluga Park as they tackle the creeping ivy and invasive species in this expansive park.  Blue heron, eagles, raccoons and deer are just a few of the species that have been seen in West Waluga Park…who knows what you may see in this 23.79 acre park! Friends of Waluga are shifting current focus to West Waluga Park as previous volunteer efforts were focused on East Waluga Park.

Please wear closed toe shoes that are good for uneven ground, bring gloves and water to drink.

Park at West Waluga Park (off Waluga Dr.)

Contact: Will Mahoney-Watson

503-752-3430

will@waluganeighborhood.org

Sun., Nov. 8, 2015

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hands On at Hallinan! Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods welcome you to help restore Hallinan Woods by planting native species. Towering trees and a meandering stream are just a few of the treasures in this natural area.  Bring the whole family and friends and work in the beautiful Hallinan Woods for an hour or more.

Please wear shoes that are good for uneven ground, bring gloves and water to drink. Please bring your own planting tools.  Meet at the Hemlock St. culdesac.

Park on Hemlock St. or Hallinan St. Meet at the Hemlock culdesac.

Contact: Barbara Fisher

503-636-3153

lanefisher@comcast.net

Sun., Nov. 15, 2015

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Weed Warriors Wanted!   Friends of Iron Mountain welcome you to help them wage battle against the smothering ivy and invasive weeds that live in the 50.99 acres of natural park. Native species are just waiting to be freed from the ivy and your help at Iron Mountain Park will make a difference! The park contains a unique plant community, birds of prey and owls.  Deer are common visitors along the paths!

Please wear closed toe shoes that are good for uneven ground, bring gloves and water to drink. Rain or shine!

Park at trail head found off Brookside Rd. (behind the Oswego Hunt Club on Iron Mt. Blvd.)

Contact: Mike Buck

503-914-8607

m.bucks@comcast.net

 

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 m.bucks@comcast.net or 503-914-8607

Friends of East Waluga Park contact Will Mahoney Watson at will@waluganeighborhood.org 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.

HOW TO BECOME A FRIENDS GROUP

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 strategy. This will be submitted to the City for review. CLICK HERE for the Friends Group Application.
  3. Submit your application to Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, with the Parks and Recreation Department at  bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-534-5697.
  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 (5 year work strategy) with current and future City work plans, making sure they coordinate.CLICK HERE for the 5 year work strategy.
  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 will sign a 5 year agreement and they will be officially 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.
**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 Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697.  Staff is here to help and make the process efficient and as simple as possible.

WORK PLAN TIMELINES

 
FY 2015 - 2016 *** WORK PLAN DUE DATES.

Due to changes in budgeting the annual work plan dates have changed. No longer will work plans be due 8 months before the next fiscal year. Due dates are now May 15 prior to the next fiscal year (1.5 months prior). Contact Babs Hamachek for additional questions.

Fiscal Year

Due Date

Form

2015/16

May 15, 2015

CLICK HERE for 2015/16 Annual Work Plan Form

 

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

Please submit work plans to Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator at bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us or mail to P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697.

 NEIGHBORHOOD WORK PARTIES

Neighborhood Associations also play a vital role in Park and Natural area stewardship.  The following Neighborhood Associations may have stewardship opportunities in parks within their boundaries.

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

Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association

Glenmorrie Greenway

Jon Bell

jontbell@comcast.net

Hallinan Neighborhood Association Hallinan Greenway

Barbara Fisher

lanefisher@comcast.net

Jim Fisher

fishergeologic@comcast.net

Westwood Neighborhood Association Southwood Park

 

Kim Valley

kvalley1@yahoo.com

 

 

Neighborhood Associations that wish to have stewardship work parties within parks (all public property) need to contact Parks and Recreation.  Please contact Babs Hamachek at Bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us or call Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697.

 

RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS

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 rstee@ci.oswego.or.us