August 25: Community Health and Public Safety & Healthy Ecosystems Fair

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2012

Contact: Laura Weigel, Associate Planner

Lake Oswego residents and businesses are invited to the Community Health and Public Safety & Healthy Ecosystems Fair on Saturday, August 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will prizes, activities, a 1923 fire truck, and lots of useful information!

When:   Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You may visit at any time.

Where:  Lower Millennium Park, just below Lake View Village on State St.

Both adults and kids will enjoy visiting the booths, including the Fire Department’s 1923 GMC Fire Engine.  Also, kids can get a Fair passport: collect stamps from each booth, and one lucky winner will receive a gift certificate from Frog Pond Toys in Lake View Village! In addition, learn about how you and your neighbors can prepare for a natural disaster, take a closer look at a Police patrol vehicle and motorcycle,  have the  Lake Oswego Trash Team show you how to put less garbage in landfills, and hear from Metro’s Healthy Homes about reducing toxic products used in your home. Plus, representatives from the following groups will be on hand to provide information about these programs and services:

•   47th Avenue Farms
•   Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
•   LO Values Exchange: A Community Credit Time Bank
•   Backyard Habitat Certification Program
•   Friends of Tryon Creek
•   Lake Oswego Water Conservation
•   Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership

As part of the "We Love Lake Oswego – Planning for People, Places and Prosperity" community planning effort, a citizen advisory committee along with City staff will be working to update goals and polices regarding public safety and facilities, energy and climate change, natural hazards, solid waste, local food options, natural resources, and community health. This is your chance to learn about the important role these elements play in keeping Lake Oswego great, and the day-to-day programs that support the community in these areas. 

You can provide feedback on these actions areas through an online questionnaire that will be posted at from August 24 to September 14. Each person who completes the survey will become eligible to win one of five boxes of fresh veggies grown at Luscher Farm and donated by 47th Avenue Farms!

This is the fourth community event as part of Phase 2 of the three-year Comprehensive Plan update process. This phase is focused on updating the Plan’s goals and policies around seven action areas:  Community Culture, Inspiring Spaces & Places, Complete Neighborhoods & Housing, Economic Vitality, Connected Community, Community Health & Public Safety and Healthy Ecosystems.  This work builds upon the 2035 Community Vision and conceptual Vision Map developed during Phase 1 of the process to provide a framework for the Plan.

The Fair is hosted by the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee, the City’s Natural Resources Advisory Board and Sustainability Advisory Board, and community partners who help make Lake Oswego the great place it is today and in the future.  Please join neighbors and friends in charting the course of Lake Oswego for the next 25 years.  For more information, go to