<br />PARKS, RECREATION & NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY
<br />October 9, 2019
<br />Bill Gordon called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m., at the Maintenance Center.
<br />Present: Co-Chair Bill Gordon, Co-Chair Heidi Schrimsher, Scott Bullard, Doug McKean, Rick
<br />Gruen, Sandy Intraversato, Anne Ruybalid (left at 6:00), Youth Member Madeline
<br />Champion (left at 4:45), Alternate Sarah Ellison, Alternate Christopher Duncan, John
<br />LaMotte, Councilor (Representing Daniel Nguyen, Council Liaison)
<br />Absent: Youth Member Anna Hovey, Natalie Bennon, Daniel Nguyen, Council Liaison,
<br />Brittany Weiler,
<br />Staff: Ivan Anderholm, Director of Parks & Recreation, Jan Wirtz, Recreation
<br />Superintendent, Jeff Munro, Parks Superintendent, Megan Big John, Senior Crew
<br />Leader/Parks & Natural Areas, Dina Balogh, Parks & Recreation Administrative
<br /> Save Cooks Butte Palisades Neighbors; Michael Louaillier, Michael Gershon, Scott Handley,
<br />Claire Puchy, Liz Lamade, William Norton plus over 35 guests.
<br /> Foothills Pedestrian Bridge; MaryAnn Dougherty
<br />APPROVAL OF MINUTES
<br /> The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PARKS Board) reviewed and
<br />unanimously approved the minutes from September 18, 2019. Approved with slight
<br />modification to 2019 Parks Board Goals – Review.
<br />Citizen Comment:
<br />Save Cooks Butte Coalition:
<br />City Councilor, John LaMotte excused himself from the room when the Cooks Butte discussion began.
<br />Over 35 residents were present for Citizen Comments to discuss the issue of a communication tower in
<br />Cooks Butte Natural Park. Residents in attendance expressed their appreciation to Parks & Recreation
<br />staff for their stewardship of City parks and open spaces. Guests in attendance told the Board they
<br />oppose telecommunication towers, or structures of any kind in Lake Oswego parks and open spaces.
<br />The Save Cooks Butte Coalition told the Board that a telecommunication tower was not compatible with
<br />a natural park. To date, the coalition has over 500 signatures from residents in opposition to a
<br />telecommunication tower in Cooks Butte Natural Park.
<br />Guest, Claire Puchy questioned the Board how the tower can be consistent with the Cooks Butte Park
<br />Management Plan. She stated that the park hosts a large number of bird species for an urban park. She
<br />is concerned about the compliance with the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act during construction and
<br />Guest, Scott Handley expressed to the Board that Lake Oswego parks and natural areas are enjoyed by
<br />Lake Oswego residents on a daily basis to get away from the stresses of urban life. These parks are an
<br />important habitat for our plants and animals; they are a place for us to connect with nature. Structures
<br />and telecommunication facilities have no place in any of our natural parks, including Cooks Butte. The