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Friends and Neighbors Groups
Friends Groups and Neighborhood Associations
Lake Oswego Parks Department has 10 recognized Friends Groups and Neighborhood Associations that provide thousands of volunteer hours to restore the habitat in about a dozen Lake Oswego's parks. The Friends Groups are dedicated volunteers that coordinate with the Park staff and organize work parties in the parks' natural areas. Some Neighborhood Associations* have also adopted local parks and provide many hours of invasive control as well. All of these groups have been integral in the successful planting of native species and the removal of invasive species in the parks' natural areas. Habitat restoration work parties occur throughout year in coordination with the Friends Group leads and Parks staff.
Thank you for your continued support of Lake Oswego's beautiful, natural park areas!
For an inside look at past Stewardship events, visit Lake Oswego Past Stewardship Events
For a list of the work parties our Friends Groups organize, visit the Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities page: www.lo-stewardship.org
To learn more and/or connect with a Friends Group, see below.
Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods
Lead: Christy Clark
Friends of Iron Mountain Park
Lead: Mike Buck
Friends of Lily Bay Natural Area
Lead: Sue Yesilada
Friends of Luscher Farms
Lead: Richard Herman
Friends of Rogerson Clematis Garden
Lead: Nancy Gronowski
Friends of Southwood Park
Lead: Mary Solares
Friends of Woodmont Park
Lead: Heidi Schrimsher
Friends Groups Resources
Per Resolution 08-83 The Lake Oswego City Council established an administrative policy for park and natural area friends groups. The resolution explains the intent of friends groups and provides guidelines.
How to Become a Friends Group
If you are interested in starting a friends group there are a few steps to follow below:
- Organize a group of interested people. The group must consist of at least four active members.
- The group members need to fill out the Friends Group Application and attach a 5 year work strategy.
- Submit your application to Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, email@example.com or 503-534-5697.
- The application will be reviewed by the Parks Department. Staff will work with your group to align your 5 year project ideas (5 year work strategy) with current and future City work plans, to ensure they coordinate.
- The application will be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for recommendation to be presented to the City Council for approval. Once approved, the Friends Group will sign the 5 year agreement and be officially recognized by the City.
- The final step for the Friends Group is to fill out a more detailed work plan for each fiscal year. See annual work plan submittal deadlines in the next section.
- The annual work plan will be reviewed by staff and aligned with current City work plans and goals.
If you have questions, please call Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697. Parks staff is here to help with this Friends Group application process.
Work Plan Timelines
FY 2020 - 2021 *** WORK PLAN DUE DATES.
Due to changes in budgeting the annual work plan dates have changed. No longer will work plans be due 8 months before the next fiscal year. Due dates are now June 1 prior to the next fiscal year. Contact Megan Big John for additional questions.
*** Work plan timelines are based on the fiscal year (FY) which runs annually from July 1 to June 30.
Please submit work plans to Megan Big John, Parks Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. If you have any questions please contact Megan BigJohn at 503-534-5436.
Neighborhood Association Work Parties
Neighborhood Associations also play a vital role in Park and Natural area stewardship. The following Neighborhood Associations may have stewardship opportunities in parks within their boundaries.
|Neighborhood Association||“Adopted” Park/Natural Area||Contact Information|
Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association
Neighborhood Associations that wish to have stewardship work parties within parks (all public property) need to contact Parks and Recreation. Please contact Babs Hamachek at Bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us or call 503-534-5697.
Resources and Documents
Friends Forum Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District Invasive Species Presentation - Download the PDF version (4.4 mb)