Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

Pakes & Recreation

ACC

It is official, the Medical Ride Reimbursement Program goes live on March 1.  The ACC designed the program funded by grant dollars to reimburse older LO residents for a medical ride taken with a ride share company, up to $50.00. We are excited to provide a resource to make transportation to and from medical appointments a bit more accessible with financial support.

GOLF

In lieu of the course and range remaining closed we have made arrangements to conduct our golf classes temporarily at the Trails End Golf Center in Oregon City.   

PARKS

All the storm stuff

Iron Mountain Park OPEN FOR RECREATION!

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TENNIS

L.O. Tennis Center re-opens for the first time since November! As staff was preparing to re-open earlier this month when Clackamas Co. moved to OHA’s COVID High Risk level, a winter storm created another delay.  Thanks to the City’s Parks crew for storm clean-up to make re-opening possible. There was no damage to the building, but here is a picture of the crew as they were in the ‘final stages’ of clean-up!

Parks & Recreation

Drone footage of the damage at the Golf Course- One minute video:

Team work and dedication are great words to describe the parks crew! Our Crews started the clean up by support the Street Department to get roads open and this week have been working in the parks. On Tuesday all natural areas were closed and developed parks that had hazardous tree issues. One by one areas are being assessed and opened when possible. Many natural areas will remain closed until we can evaluate them for safety. Please see the city website for the latest updates!

Parks & Recreation

STEWARDSHIP

A joint Cooks Butte planting occurred on Sat., Feb. 6th by the Parks Department and leaders of Friends of Trees. This crew of 11 planted 400 native species along the Cooks Butte Tributary. Many of the native species, such as Red Elder Berry, Indian Plum and Twinberry, will provide food, cover and nesting provisions for wildlife. Their flowers will offer nectar and pollen for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. 

Friends of Luscher Farm and the Parks Department welcomed 26 volunteers from the Portland Garden Club on Mon., Feb. 7.  The eager volunteers planted 250 native species, such as Oregon Grape and Snowberry, up in the Brock Oaks area.  This was a great turnout and several adults brought their teens to join in this Stewardship habitat restoration!

ACC

The ACC staff worked hard to coordinate bags containing an emergency food box, a frozen meal  and special Valentines for the Meals on Wheels participates anticipating ice and snow.  A big thank you to our volunteers who delivered more than they expected.

Parks & Recreation

NEW PARKS OPENING!

🌳🌳🌳 PARKS PROJECT UPDATE:

Renovation is complete, and Woodmont Natural Park is OPEN!  Woodmont is a 6.8 acres park located on Atwater Lane.  Renovation focused on the park’s existing natural elements and included trail additions, installation of a nest sculpture by local artist @HannesWingate, removal of invasive and non-native plants & trees, restoration, and added nature play elements.  For more info, visit Woodmont Natural Park | City of Lake Oswego.

#LOparks #LOtogether #LivingWellinLO #LakeOswego #Parks #LakeOswegoCityProjects

VIRTUAL YOUTH FORUM

Last Sunday (Jan 31) the Youth Action Council collaborated with the Youth Leadership Council to present a Virtual Youth Forum featuring several members of Lake Oswego’s leadership.  Panelists included Mayor Joe Buck, School Superintendent Dr. Lora De La Cruz, City Manager Martha Bennet, City Councilor Massene Mboup, and School Board Members Liz Hartman and Neelam Gupta.  The Youth Forum focused on youth-led questions related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as it relates to current policies within the city and schools, recent incidents of racism or discrimination, and plans for the future.  Panelists were led by youth moderators from both councils, who posed questions submitted by teen attendees.  Approximately 44 students registered as attendees, with a total of 36 attending the event. The forum was an opportunity for community leaders and Lake Oswego youth to have a collaborative dialog regarding DEI and the progress of the policies that support it.  A live recording can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSlJYcDx4c0&t=18s

Parks & Recreation

ACC

The Adult Center has been participating in a program called “Clackamas County Writes”, we started in December and to date have sent 18 letters.  The letters we received are written by youth (high school age), are generic in their message and often include a picture.  The program is not a pen-pal situation, it is a one-way letter meant to brighten up a seniors day.

CULTURAL – FITNESS

The City of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Fitness Department is unrolling a new virtual program. The All Access Virtual Fitness Pass allows registered participants to drop-in to a variety of virtual classes, allowing for flexibility in schedule and the opportunity to try out new classes. The pass can be used the month of February with the possibility to extend the program an additional month. Access includes Zoom link to: 50+ Zumba, Aerobics to Exercise, Entry Level Strength and Gentle Yoga.

Parks & Recreation

PARKS

Hallinan Woods Natural Area was hit hard during the storm Tuesday night which has closed the park until further notice.  Large Doug Firs and other trees came down blocking the pathway and with one falling on a neighbors house.  Parks staff are working on a clean up plan and will get the park open as soon as they can.

RECREATION & AQUATICS CENTER

Recreational Pool Survey

The design for the Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatics Center is underway. Throughout the design process, there will be many ways to get involved and share your ideas. Opportunities will include: community meetings, an online open house, surveys, and more!

The recreation pool is only one part of the recreation and aquatics center. Please take a few minutes to take this survey. This survey is the first of a number of methods we will use to gather input on the design of the Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatics Center. Click HERE to fill out the survey by January 31, 2021.

LUSCHER FARM

Community Gardeners at the top of the request list are now registering for the 2021 season.  This year, we put together an online orientation meeting for new gardeners to watch at their convenience. There are 26 open plots to offer. Next month, work parties will begin to complete the task of clearing open plots. We are all looking forward to another successful year in the gardens. So many of the gardeners expressed their gratitude for the refuge the farm provides.

ACC

Diversity & Inclusion Note: Nicolette Hume is the First Native American Show host on Tualatin Valley TV

Local Geriatrician, Dr. Alia Alhumaid, and Nicolette have conducted the first virtual NCOA’s Aging Mastery Program® (AMP).

Reviews:
“I have become so inspired hearing all of your stories how to live my life in a more meaningful way.” -Jana (Current Participant)

“I am finding your class even more enlightening than I thought it would be and very much appreciating the discussion with our very open group of women.” -Jane (Current Participant) 

 

Parks & Recreation

STEWARDSHIP

Stewardship work parties are planting the seeds of habitat restoration to both older and younger community members…as well as potentially having an impact on their health!  Studies show that outdoor exercise and volunteering lowers stress, anxiety and depression. Now, more than ever, there is a keen desire to be outside and to interact (from a social distance) with others at an opportunity to give back.  Kudos to the Friends of the Parks groups that are leading small work parties.  These leaders do a great job to engage the volunteers in meaningful work and let them know their work is valued and important. Many of the volunteers will return to these natural park areas and witness how the native species and trees are growing, and know they made a difference during the Pandemic.

EVENTS

The City’s holiday light contest, #LetItGlowLO concluded on December 31st.  Community members were invited to showcase their holiday spirit with festive exterior décor at their homes and businesses.  Participants then shared photos of their illuminated displays on public social media accounts with the hashtag #LetItGlowLO and tagged the City.  Photos were reshared on City accounts and participants were automatically entered into a weekly lottery to win a $100 gift certificate to an LO business.  The campaign was supported through a sponsorship from Oswego Wealth Advisors and five winners were selected by the end of December.

 

Parks & Recreation

LIVING WELL CONNECTED
LOPR re-launched the #LivingWellConnected website with new virtual classes for Winter/Spring, updated community resources, fun hikes in LO, holiday gift and recipe inspiration and events! This week’s craft project is a quick gift idea: Mason Jar Wreath Ornaments!

www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/living-well-connected

EVENTS
Parks & Recreation’s Special Events division has been as busy as Santa’s elves, working away to respond to over 300 letters to Santa received at the Holiday Artisan Market. Kiddos and believers of all ages were invited to drop off a letter to Kris Kringle in the red mailbox located at Millennium Plaza Park during the Holiday Market. All participants are scheduled to receive a special response letter from Santa himself with an envelope postmarked from the North Pole!

PARKS
We are excited to announce that Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Back Yard Habitat Certification Program! One of the goals of the program is to include public demonstrations sites.  Today we visited Roseman Park to begin the evaluation process which is the starting point to becoming certified. Additional parks sites are being looked at for future certification.  More to come!

STEWARDSHIP
Santa’s helper delivered a sleigh full of native species to Freepons Park on Sun., Dec. 13.  Thanks to Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods that lead 17 volunteers in planting 100 Ocean Spray, 25 Vine Maple, 25 Western Spiraea, 25 Black Twinberry and 25 Oregon Grape. The volunteers asked about dates for upcoming Stewardship events as they want to volunteer again in the park natural areas! Ho Ho Ho!

ACC
The ACC has many programs supporting family caregivers, that include support groups, respite, in-home care and more.  Our memory care coordinator, Karen Galloway, expressed interest in creating memory kits for our caregivers.  She reached out to the library to see if the memory kits could be added to the “library of things” and a partnership was forged.  We are so pleased to be working with the library on this joint project, along with the kits we are also creating a book list for caregivers.  The items for the kits are being purchased with grant funds.

Departure of Ann Adrian ACC Center Manager

Letter from Ann

Ann Adrian has been working at the Adult Community Center for twelve years and we will miss her greatly. Comments from the 50+ Advisory Board and ACC patron upon learning  of Ann’s resignation include:

What a tremendous loss to our entire community.  I wish you well in all your future endeavors and am grateful for your wonderful leadership.  And thanks to the amazing team at the ACC, I have no doubt that its great work will continue.
Warmly,
Elizabeth Schwartz, Chair 50+ Advisory Board

I completely agree with Libby, your absence will be felt. Your leadership of the ACC brought national accolades to our little hamlet on the lake. Thank you for your exceptional leadership during this pandemic. Thank you for inspiring a staff to excellence. Thank you for your drive to elevate the lives of the seniors in our community. I wish you well on your next steps.
Happy holidays and best wishes in the new year!
Janice Shokrian, Past Chair 50+ Advisory Board

Sorry to hear your news, (for us, not you.)  Wherever you are going next, the folks there will be blessed to have you.
Every day it seems we get periodic updates from many organizations and companies, but the one that stands out in my mind, and the one that actually gets read start to finish, is the one you post. Clever and informative they always are welcome and never a “chore” to slog through.
You will be missed.
Best of luck to you.
Kip

Local Donation Options

Tis the season of giving! Each year the City partners with a number of organizations to help those in need in our community. Together we can make this holiday season a little brighter!

Toy Drive

Our Fire and Library departments have partnering to bring holiday cheer to children in need! They are collecting new, unwrapped toys that will be shared with local families in the area. Please drop off toys by December 15 at the Lake Oswego Fire Main Station (300 B Ave) or the Lake Oswego Library (706 Fourth Street).

Hunger Fighters Oregon

Hunger Fighters continues to see a record number of people in Lake Oswego who need emergency food. You can donate nonperishable food items at City Hall (south entrance vestibule, open 24/7) or directly with Hunger Fighters (located at 2301 Hazel Road).

Meals on Wheels

Did you know that Lake Oswego has its own Meals on Wheels service? It is operated by the City with fundraising by the volunteer LO Meal Network with 20,000 meals served annually. Since the start of the pandemic, delivery participation has increased by nearly 10%, and to-go meal participation has tripled. To donate to this essential service, visit lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org

Personal Care Items

The City is collecting basic need items for our families in need programs. Please consider donating unused items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, diapers, deodorant and sunscreen. Donations barrels are available to drop off items at City Hall (south entrance vestibule, open 24/7).

Utility Assistance

We created a temporary utility payment assistance for City of Lake Oswego utility customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Donations to the fund can be made by anyone. All donations are placed into a fund used exclusively for emergency utility assistance and administered by a local non-profit. More details.