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:

To learn more and/or connect with a Friends Group, see below.

Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods

Lead: Christy Clark
Phone: 916-261-1514

Friends of Iron Mountain Park
Lead: Mike Buck
Phone: 503-914-8607

Friends of Lily Bay Natural Area
Lead: Sue Yesilada
Phone: 503-608-8567

Friends of Luscher Farms
Lead: Richard Herman
Phone: 541-968-3121

Friends of Rogerson Clematis Garden
Lead: Nancy Gronowski
Phone: 503-697-3248

Friends of Southwood Park
Lead: Mary Solares
Phone: 503-670-1315

Friends of Springbrook Park
Lead: Paul Lyons
Phone: 503-705-2276

Friends of Waluga Parks
Lead: Will Mahoney-Watson
Phone: 503-752-3430

Friends of Woodmont Park
Lead: Heidi Schrimsher
Phone: 503-754-6640

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:

  1. Organize a group of interested people. The group must consist of at least four active members.
  2. The group members need to fill out the Friends Group Application and attach a 5 year work strategy.
  3. Submit your application to Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, or 503-534-5697.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Fiscal Year

Due Date



June 1,2020

  2019/20 Annual Work Plan Form 

*** 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 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 Stewards
Neighborhood Association “Adopted” Park/Natural Area Contact Information

Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association

Glenmorrie Greenway


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 or call 503-534-5697.

Resources and Documents

King County's Animals, Plants, and Habitat guide 

SOLVE's Invasive removal and planting guide  

Clackamas County's Conservation District website

Friends Forum Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District Invasive Species Presentation - Download the PDF version (4.4 mb)

If you have any ideas for resources,  please contact Babs Hamachek