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July 2023 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR Insert Parks & Recreation In s i d e For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. 2 Urban & Community Forestry Plan July is Disability Pride Month Pathways Under Construction Street Maintenance Fee Curbside Battery Recycling Smart Irrigation Month Backflow Testing Vegetation Responsibilities 3 Special Olympics at Tennis Center George Rogers Park Swim Park Open Rover Pop-Up is Back Author: Syren Nagakyrie LOPL Camp at Rossman Park 4 Community Calendar Landscaping for Pollinators Fireworks - Practice the Four Be's Photo Contest Life-Saving Tips for Safe Swimming O . O L .Hello Ju l y 2 0 2 3 THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - AUGUST 1 Get to know your neighbors! Everyone enjoys a potluck, BBQ, music and games, so organize a get-together for Tuesday, August 1 - National Night Out - and invite your friends and neighbors. Then, let us know! If you register your neighborhood party with the City by Tuesday, July 25, your party will receive a visit by a fire truck or police car, maybe even a Police K9! Plus, they will bring a dessert! This is a great opportunity to get to know your public safety professionals and to ask that question you’ve always wanted to ask. To register for this year's National Night Out, go to www.lakeoswego.city/NationalNightOut. HOME ASSESSMENTS LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE The Lake Oswego Fire Department is offering free home assessments for homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Assessments focus on the home ignition zone and provide recommendations on ways to eliminate the fire’s potential relationship with the house. Some examples of recommendations that might be shared during your assessment include: • Check your roof and gutters; remove any flammable debris. • Make sure all attic vents and other openings are screened with 1/8 inch or smaller screen. • Cut back tree limbs at least 10 feet from the roof line. • Remove all combustible storage or debris from under decks and porches. • Remove highly flammable plants and replace with attractive, fire-resistant plants. • Create a five-foot barrier of nonflammable material around your house. • Keep grass and weeds mowed to less than 4 inches in height. For more information on wildfire risk prevention and to sign up for an assessment of your home, visit www.lakeoswego.city/fire/wildfire-risk- prevention.LOFD's Battalion Chief Greg Barnum conducting an assessment. JULY IS DISABILITY PRIDE MONTH On June 27, City Council proclaimed July as Disability Pride Month. Disability Pride Month is celebrated annually to commemorate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. Disability Pride Month promotes acceptance of disability as an identity, community, culture, and pride felt by people with disabilities. It challenges ableism and discrimination that people with disabilities may experience. Here are ways to join the City and celebrate Disability Pride Month: STAR SPANGLED PARADE Tuesday, July 4 Join the City’s All Ability Employee Resource Group participating in the Fourth of July Star Spangled Parade. For more information, contact Kelli Byrd at kbyrd@lakeoswego.city or 503-635-0282. EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS OREGON Wednesday, July 5 to Monday, July 31, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue The City is proud to host The Oregon Historical Society’s Brave in the Attempt traveling exhibit, which was created in 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics in Oregon. Special Olympics Oregon serves over 12,000 participants each year through sports, education, and athlete health programs at no cost to the athletes and their families. When an individual joins Special Olympics Oregon, they are often active with the organization throughout their life. Athletes experience life- changing opportunities to build confidence, forge friendships, connect with their communities, and improve health and well- being through the challenges and triumphs of competition. Brave in the Attempt: Celebrating 50 years of Special Olympics Oregon consists of three, three-sided pop-up kiosks that highlight the impact Special Olympics Oregon has on the athletes and the Oregon community. This special exhibit is provided by the Oregon Historical Society and is generously sponsored by The Austin Family and Kerry and Becky Tymchuk.Continued on page 2 STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION Don't miss the City-wide Independence Day Celebrations! On Monday, July 3, kick off the celebration with the Millennium Concert Band at 7 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. On Tuesday, July 4, start the day at the annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at George Rogers Park. Then, join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Star Spangled Parade and Celebration, followed by music, face painting, food, and more at Millennium Plaza Park. Top off the day with the Illumination Concert & Laser Light Show from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Foothills Park. Every year, we ask our community to please consider celebrating Independence Day without fireworks. Public fireworks displays are the safest way to make fireworks part of your 4th of July celebration. Please join us for these festive and fun events! We all can make a difference in keeping our community fire safe. Thank you for your support of the festive July 4th events! 4TH OF JULY STREET CLOSURES Please note there are road closures and traffic impacts as a result of the Star Spangled Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. The parade travels from Iron Mtn Blvd to Chandler and 10th Street onto A Avenue, concluding at the intersection of 2nd Street and Evergreen Road with the Star Spangled Celebration at Millennium Plaza Park. For safety reasons, the following streets will be closed during the parade (approximately 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.), and there will be no parking from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 4: • A Ave from 10th to 2nd Streets (no parking on the southside only) • Evergreen between 1st and 4th Streets • 2nd Street between A Ave and Evergreen Rd • Iron Mtn between Chandler and Country Club • Chandler between Iron Mtn and A Ave • Limited access to Lake Garden Court 2 Trudy Corrigan City Councilor tcorrigan@lakeoswego.city Massene Mboup City Councilor mmboup@lakeoswego.city Ali Afghan City Councilor aafghan@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilor arapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilor rverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilor jwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayor jbuck@lakeoswego.city City Council 503-635-0215 City Manager Martha Bennett 503-635-0215 VEGETATION YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES Is the vegetation next to the roadway along your property a hazard? It may be if it restricts visibility at an intersection, obstructs the view of a sign, blocks a street light, impedes traffic or pedestrians, or hinders maintenance work. Lake Oswego City Code requires property owners to keep sidewalks and the public right-of-way adjoining their property free from rocks, leaves, yard clippings, ice, snow and other debris. In addition, property owners must keep sidewalks, streets and the public right-of-way adjoining their property free from projecting or overhanging bushes, brush and limbs that may make the passage of vehicles or pedestrians unsafe. Property owners are responsible for both the clearing and disposal of debris. Branches, leaves and other vegetative growth shall not be allowed to project an elevation of less than 9 feet above the level of the sidewalk and 13.5 feet over a street. If your property is at an intersection, the corner must be kept clear of vegetation over the height of 30 inches for the visibility of vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information, contact Alex Roller at aroller@lakeoswego.city or 503-635-0284. HAD YOUR BACKFLOW DEVICE TESTED YET? In plumbing, a cross connection is created if a water supply pipe is connected to a water source that could contaminate the drinking water supply, such as irrigation systems, hot tubs, pools, and private wells. Backflow, or the reverse flow of water from the cross connection, may contaminate the water. To protect the public water system, customers with cross connections are required by law to install a backflow prevention assembly and have it pass an annual test by a certified tester. In Lake Oswego, backflow testing must be completed by July 15. For more information, email backflow@lakeoswego.city, visit lakeoswego.city/ publicworks/backflow-and-cross-connection- control-program or call 503-534-5674. SMART IRRIGATION July is Smart Irrigation Month, an opportunity to celebrate saving water outdoors through efficient watering practices. Whether you have an internet- enabled sprinkler system or use a good, old-fashioned garden hose, you can save water this summer with a few smart practices: • Water your landscape before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to minimize evaporation • Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose to save 5-7 gallons of water each minute your hose in on, but not in use • Sign up to receive the Weekly Watering Number via text or email to find out how much to water each week based on your zip code Hot weather means more water use across the region. Making sure you’re watering smart helps ensure that we use our natural resources efficiently. Everyone can do their part to use water wisely, indoors and outdoors. It’s just the right thing to do. For more information, visit regionalH20.org CURBSIDE BATTERY RECYCLING You can now recycle batteries curbside if you live in a single-family home with garbage and recycling services in Clackamas County. Batteries must be placed in a one-quart zip-sealed clear plastic bag and set out in your glass bin for collection. The program in currently limited to single- family households, however, Clackamas County Sustainabilty and Solid Waste Department is working with haulers to safely offer the program to multi-family residences. Non-single-family residents and those who do not subscribe to curbside garbage and recycling service can recycle batteries at Metro South’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Oregon City and at other drop-off locations. For more information, including drop-off locations and preparation instructions, visit www.clackamas.us/recycling/ recycleguide.html. PATHWAYS UNDER CONSTRUCTION We are creating several new pathways to connect neighborhoods with schools, business districts, and parks. Construction on new pathways along portions of the following streets will be underway this summer and fall: Douglas Way, Hallinan Street, and Boca Ratan Drive. Please watch for lane closures, construction personnel, and equipment within the work zones. For the latest information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/engineering/pathways-program STREET MAINTENANCE - RATE INCREASE The City aims to invest in more projects that provide everyone with safer and improved access to schools, neighborhoods, parks, business districts, and community spaces. Last fall, City Council voted to increase the Street Maintenance Fee to provide additional funding for pedestrian safety improvements. Rate increases will take effect July 1, 2023. For more information, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/smf. DISABILITY Continued from page 1 PRESENTATION: TALKING BOOK & BRAILLE SERVICES FROM THE STATE LIBRARY OF OREGON July 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue Please join us for a presentation from Max Robinson about The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library, a free library for any Oregonian with a print disability, which includes visual, physical, and reading impairments. The library loans Braille and audiobooks and magazines to eligible readers across the entire state. All lending is done free through the mail or via download. The Talking Book and Braille Library is the regional library in Oregon for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) network. For more information, contact Todd Feinman at 503- 675-2535 or tfeinman@lakeoswego.city. THIRD TUESDAY AUTHOR PRESENTATION: SYREN NAGAKYRIE Tuesday, July 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., virtual or in-person at the Library, 706 Fourth Street Please see more details about this presentation in the Library section on page 3. MOVIES IN THE PARK: TURNING RED Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m., at Millennium Plaza Park Turning Red is a 2022 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film which follows Meilin "Mei" Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian student who transforms into a giant red panda when she experiences any strong emotion, due to a hereditary curse. In addition, all month long check out the book display at the Library. For more information, visit: www.lakeoswego.city/ada. URBAN & COMMUNITY FORESTRY PLAN PLAN UPDATE UNDERWAY - SHARE YOUR INPUT ON OUR URBAN FOREST What is your vision for our urban forest? What are the emerging issues affecting our forests? How can we help preserve, protect and maintain trees? The City is in the process of updating its Urban and Community Forestry Plan and we need your input! The purpose of the Urban and Community Forestry Plan is to bring together policies, practices, and plans related to Lake Oswego’s urban forest and serves as a planning and policy tool for managing our urban forest. Through August, staff and the project consultant, Dudek, will hold focus group meetings with a wide range of stakeholders and will be conducting an online survey open to the public. Additionally, look for our booth at the Farmers' Market on July 22 where you can provide your input, enter a raffle to win kid’s gifts, books and trees and get some free swag! For more information and to complete the online survey, please visit www.lakeoswego. city/planning/urban-community-forestry, or contact the Planning Department at planning@ lakeoswego.city or 503-635-0290. For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswego.city/library or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Y our C ommunit Y r esour C e for i nformation and e nri C hmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Mailing: PO Box 369 For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation programs, visit www.lakeoswego.city/parks or call 503-675-2549. LIBRARY CLOSURES Independence Day - Tuesday, July 4 Staff Training (Library will open at 1 p.m.) - Wednesday, July 19 GEORGE ROGERS PARK Exciting new additions are happening at George Rogers Park this summer! Check out the newly installed inclusive play swing at the playground site. Visitors can use the ramp leading to the playground to access the swing and the ADA-compliant mat, providing easy entry and safety for children of all abilities. The swing's molded high back feature and deep bucket seat with harness offer stability while integrating fun and outdoor activities for all! In addition, the lower picnic shelter is being replaced and will be re-opening this summer. This location is one of the City's most popular community shelter rentals. Summer camps, events, and community members frequently use it for picnics, events, and more. The project was funded through the 2019 Parks Bond, where public outreach identified investment should be made in replacing park structures that are outdated and in disrepair. This project was included, given the high level of rot in the structural beams. The new shelter will offer 780 square feet of covered area and improved protection from rain and wind. A new concrete pad will improve accessibility, and an ADA compliant compacted gravel pathway will connect the parking area to the shelter. Basalt boulder seats, ADA picnic tables, and barbeques will be added to enhance the rental experience. Read more about the George Rogers Park picnic shelter replacement and other Parks bond projects at www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/parks-recreation-projects. SPECIAL OLYMPICS AT THE TENNIS CENTER We celebrated the 19th year of offering Special Olympics tennis in Lake Oswego last month. Athletes met for 19 weeks throughout the school year, with 14 practices at the Tennis Center and 5 at Lakeridge High School. We averaged 16 athletes per week and simultaneously have had as many as 20 on the courts. A huge thank you to the 24 devoted volunteer coaches, including high school tennis players, for their dedication and time. We would like to celebrate the success of this program with its strong sense of community of a shared activity. Just take a look at those smiles! SWIM PARK The Lake Oswego Swim Park is open July 1 through August 31, 7 days a week from 1 to 6 p.m. (weather permitting and number of lifeguards required is met). Located at 250 Ridgeway, the park is open to Lake Oswego residents with proof of residence. The park features certified lifeguards, diving platforms, inner tubes, lounge chairs, picnic tables, various water toys, and a limited number of US Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older. For a complete list of rules and other pertinent information, see our website at www.lakeoswego. city/parksrec/lake-oswego-swim-park. THE ROVER POP-UP LIBRARY IS BACK! Rover will be at the Lakeridge Middle School on the July 6 and 20 (Thursdays) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Westlake Park on July 11 and 25 (Tuesdays) from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit Rover to browse and check out popular books for all ages, get seeds from our Mobile Seed Library, and ask about the library’s digital resources. We hope to see you there! To learn more, visit www.lopl.org/rover or call us at 503-675-2540. CRAFT NIGHT! MAKE AN INSPIRATIONAL ART POSTER Tuesday, July 11, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Making art is one of the most powerful ways to use your voice and inspire others. Attendees will join Lake Oswego librarian April and watch video segments from Creativebug's artist teacher Maria Carluccio, who will guide us in making mind maps and translating our ideas into art. The program is free and all materials are provided. Due to limited space, this event is limited to 10 people, first come first serve. Ages 13+. For more information, please contact Adult Services Librarian April at younglove@lakeoswego.city or 503-534-5667. THIRD TUESDAY AUTHOR: SYREN NAGAKYRIE Tuesday, July 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., virtual or in- person In celebration of Disability Pride Month, please join us for a presentation with author Syren Nagakyrie (they/them), discussing their book, The Disabled Hiker's Guide to Western Washington and Oregon. What does accessibility actually mean? What outdoor recreation opportunities are available for people with disabilities? For more information, please contact Librarian Alicia at 503-534-4228 or ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city. GRIEVING AND HEALING IN THE OUTDOORS OF OREGON: ADAM SAWYER Saturday, July 22, 2 to 3 p.m., virtual or in-person "Grieving and Healing in the Outdoors of Oregon” is a one-hour presentation by outdoor and travel writer, photographer, and author, Adam Sawyer. For more information, contact Librarian Todd at 503-675-2535 or tfeinman@lakeoswego.city. DID YOU KNOW? The Library has a variety of recreational kits, educational games, and instruments available to borrow for summer fun! Stop by, or see our surprising collection online at www.lakeoswego. city/library/library-things. CAMP LOPL AT ROSSMAN PARK Join your library friends at Rossman Park - just down the block from the Library at 555 Fourth Street. WORMS AND COMPOST Wednesday, July 5, 2 to 3 p.m. With special guest Rick Reynolds M.S.Ed. We’ll make worm bin magic as we learn about healthy soil and insects. All materials provided. PAPER MAKING AND PRINTART Wednesday, July 12, 2 to 3 p.m. Get those creative juices flowing. We'll be using natural materials to make raw paper and create print art. All supplies foraged and/or provided. NATURE CRAFTS Wednesday, July 19, 2 to 3 p.m. You'll be using materials from nature to create a unique masterpiece. All supplies foraged and/or provided. MAKE IT - UPCYCLED CRAFTS Wednesday, July 26, 2 to 3 p.m. It's so satisfying to make something cool from stuff that might have been headed to a garbage heap. All supplies provided. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers: Greg Barnum, Fire Nell Diamond, Library Nicolette Hume, Adult Community Center Katy Kerklaan, Engineering Robin Krakauer, Parks & Recreation Iris McCaleb, Planning Madison Thesing, City Manager's Office Amanda Watson, Sustainability Citizen inFormation speCialist and hellolo editor/writer Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@lakeoswego.city This newsletter is printed on Processed Chlorine Free 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. 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More details are available online at: www.lakeoswego.city/calendar For more information, call 503-675-3992. Community Calendar LIFE-SAVING TIPS FOR SAFE SWIMMING Drowning is a leading cause of death for children. Here are a few simple tips to stay safe this summer: • Learn to swim well. Ensure every member of your family learns to swim so they at least achieve skills of water competency: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance then get out of the water safely. • Never swim alone. • Don't dive into water unless you're sure of the depth. • Know your limits and don't over-exert yourself. • Do not leave children unattended around water. This includes wading pools and bathtubs. • Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing. • Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard- approved life jackets. • Know what to do in a water emergency - including how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help and CPR. For more information on learning to swim, water safety, and CPR classes, contact the American Red Cross at 503-284-1234 or visit www.redcross.org/ take-a-class/swimming. To learn more about when and where to wear a life jacket, visit the Red Cross at https://rdcrss.org/3N9wANv. Did you know... • In the U.S. drowning takes an average of 3,500-4,000 lives per year. That is an average of 10 fatal drownings per day. • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury related death for children ages 1-4. • 23% of child drownings happen during a family gathering near a pool. • Learning to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for 1-4 year olds who take formal swim lessons. • Drowning is fast and silent. It can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. PHOTO CONTEST - ENTER TODAY! Enter your best images in the 15th annual City of Lake Oswego Photo Contest for a chance to win! First place winners will receive a $150 gift card; second place winners a $100 gift card; and third place winners a $50 gift card. Visit www.LakeOswego.city/PhotoContest for contest details and to submit photos online. LANDSCAPING FOR POLLINATORS WORKSHOP SET FOR SATURDAY, JULY 22, 10 A.M. TO 12 P.M. AT IRON MOUNTAIN PARK The urban forest provides valuable habitat for pollinator species that are vital to the food supply and natural environment, including nearly 500 species of bees in Oregon. Come explore how to create pollinator habitat in your own yard on a walking tour that will highlight a variety of plants for pollinators and discuss landscape design to encourage beneficial insects in your garden. This workshop is led by Andony Melathopoulos, Associate Professor in Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. Andony sits on the Steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies, leads the Oregon Bee Atlas and hosts a weekly podcast called PolliNation. Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited to 30 participants. For free registration, visit www. lakeoswego.city/formslf/PlanningWorkshops or call 503-635-0290. FIREWORKS - PRACTICE THE "FOUR BE’S" In the last twenty years, there have been 39 fires caused by fireworks in Lake Oswego. These fires have been from both legal and illegal fireworks. The Lake Oswego Fire Department reminds everyone that even legal fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable. Along with property damage, fireworks can cause serious burns and injuries. In addition, fireworks raise many concerns for the safety and wellbeing of senior citizens, military veterans, and animals. The safest way to avoid fireworks-related fires, injuries, undue stress, and property damage is not to use fireworks. If you still choose to use legal fireworks, please use extreme caution and follow the “Four BE’s”: • Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: Keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. • Be Safe when lighting fireworks: Keep children and pets away from fireworks. • Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: Never re-light a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal. • Be Aware: Use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places (not in City or State Parks). Questions? Call the Fire Department at 503-635- 0275 or visit www.lakeoswego.city/fireworks.