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July 2023 Parks and Rec MonthJuly is National Park & Recreation Month! Here in the City of Lake Oswego, Mayor Joe Buck has officially proclaimed that we celebrate the vital role parks and recreation plays in bringing people together, providing essential services, and fostering the growth of our communities. This month, we encourage the community to visit our parks – with over 640 acres of parks and natural areas and 30 acres of recreation facilities (with more coming in the future), there is something for every age and ability. To see the full proclamation, visit our website at www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec. Lake Oswego will celebrate the month with the theme adapted from National Recreation and Park Association, “Where Community Grows.” Parks & Recreation serves as a community wellness hub, connecting people to programs and services that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance the quality of life. Plus, local parks foster environmental resilience. Let’s peek at some of the amazing things happening in our community this month! Sports, Culture & Recreation has offerings for every age and ability. The swim park is open from July through August. There are cornhole, soccer, and lacrosse leagues. Plus, there are programs for adults and kids to learn to cook, play an instrument, get creative with watercolor and drawing, or learn a new language. And, if you like to get on the water, there are programs to learn to kayak, paddleboard, and canoe. For our teens, we have rafting trips and camps. And for adults, don’t miss out on the "Fitness in the Park" series. Take your recreation outside or find classes that fit your schedule and wellness plan. Adult Community Center is open Monday through Friday with classes and programs from health and mobility, to arts and culture, to taking day trips to fun places for hiking, jet boating, dining, and shopping. Check out the website and our Activities Guide for the latest offerings. Plus, there are social groups to expand your connections in the community. Parks Stewardship in our annual “Can YOU find the Gnomes?” program that goes from now through October. Each month the cute little gnomes hide in different parks. Have fun and go out and explore. Find the gnome, take a photo, and post it on social media with the hashtag, #LOParksgnomes. Each post is an entry to win a gnome in October! Plus, check out other great programs happening in our parks and natural areas, fostering the love of nature, Bee City projects, and more. City of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation PO Box 369 | Lake Oswego, OR 97034 503-675-2549 www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec Parks & Recreation Project Updates includes the 2019 bond project, the Lake Oswego Recreation & Aquatic Center (LORAC). The footings and deep trenching are underway. Excavation of the pools will begin this month and the footprint of the building is outlined with the sub-grade prep and footing trenching. The renovation of the Annex (formerly the golf clubhouse) is also progressing. The building’s plumbing, electrical, and fire alarm systems were upgraded, along with new siding, windows, doors, an ADA- accessible restroom layout, and new flooring and paint. Once the LORAC opens, the Annex will be used for programming and small events. The golf course is taking shape with Dan Hixon, golf architect and designer. His work style is to create each hole on-site considering the slope, pin placements, bunkers, natural areas, fairways, and existing hazards like trees and water. The outline of the fairways and greens are now visible, and the irrigation is under construction. Final grading will be followed by seeding in the fall. The competition date for the LORAC, Annex, and golf course is fall 2024. The Department is pursuing a phased development approach for Rassekh Park. Construction bids for Phase 1 of Rassekh were opened in early June and will be considered by City Council as this publication goes out. This first development phase will include the skatepark, public restrooms, a new access road, and a portion of the parking lot. In addition, Phase 1 will set the stage for future development by constructing the public right-of- way improvements and the backbone for the utilities required to support the full build-out of the park. Stay tuned for more information on the timing for Phase I development. In addition, Parks & Recreation continues work on a funding plan for building Phase II.Events continue to be favorite activities for residents and visitors. There are over 60 events produced annually that include everything from the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market to the 4th of July Parade and Celebration to Concerts and Cultural events, and so much more. See the other side for what’s happening this summer, and get ready to have some fun in the sun! See the LOPR Summer Activities Guide at www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/parks-recreation-summer-2023-catalog 2023 Summer Events There are so many extraordinary community events that are happening this summer. Join us for some fun in the sun or under the stars. Lake Oswego is “Where Community Grows!” For full details on events, see our website www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec. Farmers’ Market Discover the region’s finest products each Saturday now through October 7. The Market is at Millennium Plaza Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each week, over 80 vendors delight market goers with superior produce, meats, nuts, cheeses, artisan bread, jams, jellies, baked goods, fresh seafood, nursery items, distilled goods, yummy food, and hand-made items like jewelry, soaps, and candles. Plus, enjoy live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week! Star Spangled Celebration Millennium Concert Band – Monday, July 3 at 7 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park Launch your holiday by listening to patriotic compositions with a special tribute to Veterans and a Presentation of Colors by the Police Honor Guard. Star Spangled Parade & Celebration – Tuesday, July 4, starting at 9 a.m. with staging at Lake Garden Court. The Parade begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Celebration at Millennium Plaza Park from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m. Don your patriotic colors, decorate your wagons, and join the community for the Parade. Festive floats, marching bands, musical entertainment, vibrant vehicles, and costumed canines will march down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park. Festivities continue at the plaza with more music, face painting, food vendors, a pie- eating contest, and more! Independence Day Illumination: Concert & Laser Light Show – Tuesday, July 4, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Foothills Park The celebration of the 4th of July continues with Satin Love Orchestra, a 70’s inspired nine-piece funk band. Get your groove on and dance the night away with favorite tunes from Earth, Wind and Fire, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, among many other favorites. Don’t forget to pack your blankets, pillows, and low sand chairs to enjoy the sparkling light display. The laser light show is sure to enchant guests of all ages! Summer of Music Sunday Concerts – Millennium Plaza Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 9 The Cabin Project July 23 Robert Henry and the Repeaters August 6 Mbrascatu August 20 Reb & the Good News Wednesday Concerts – Foothills Park from 7 to 9 p.m. July 12 Ty Curtis July 19 Good Day Sunshine July 26 Red Light Romeos Wednesday Concerts – Westlake Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. August 2 Jackson Michelson August 9 Jennifer Batten & Full Steam August 16 Rockit radio August 23 Taken by the Sky August 30 Foreverland Special Concert Series – Foothills Park from 6 to 8 p.m. August 19 Portland Festival Symphony Movies in the Park Celebrate warm summer evenings with friends and family by enjoying an outdoor movie in the park! Bring your blankets and low sand chairs. Popcorn and other treats will be available for sale. Westlake Park Thursday, July 20 @ dusk (approx. 8:30 to 9 p.m.) Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG) Millennium Plaza Park Thursday, July 27 @ dusk (approx. 8:30 to 9 p.m.) Turning Red (PG) This movie will celebrate Disability Pride Month, promoting acceptance of disability as an identity, community, culture, and pride felt by people with disabilities. Foothills Park Thursday, August 3 @ dusk (approx. 8:30 to 9 p.m.) Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (PG) Cultural Xchange Sunday, September 17, from 12 to 7 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park This full-day festival celebrates the diversity in our community. It channels the feeling of a bustling market abroad with different cultures showcased through traditional dance and music performances, artesian vendors, nonprofit groups, and more. Get ready to immerse in cultures from around the world. Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters! City of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation PO Box 369 | Lake Oswego, OR 97034 503-675-2549 www.lakeoswego.city/parksrecevents