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Friends Groups and Neighborhood Associations*
Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has ten recognized Friends Groups and Neighborhood Associations that continue to provide thousands of Stewardship hours of volunteer maintenance/invasive control in about a dozen of Lake Oswego's parks. The Friends Groups are a grass roots movement of dedicated volunteers that coordinate with the City staff and organize work in the parks' natural areas years in advance. Some Neighborhood Associations* have also adopted local parks and provide many hours of invasive control as well. These groups have been integral in the successful removal of invasive flora that infest parks and natural areas throughout the region. Invasive removal occurs during the many Stewardship work parties throughout year in coordination with the Friends Group leads and City staff.
Thank you for your continued support of Lake Oswego's beautiful natural park areas!
*For Neighborhood Association Resources, including our volunteer waiver, scroll toward the bottom of the page.
For an inside look at more past Stewardship events, visit Lake Oswego Past Stewardship Events
For a detailed list of all of the wonderful work parties our Friends Groups organize, please visit our Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities page: www.lo-stewardship.org
To learn more about and connect with a Friends Group to volunteer see below.
Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods
Leads: Barbara and Jim Fisher
Friends of Iron Mountain Park
Lead: Mike Buck
Friends of Lily Bay Natural Area
Lead: Sue Yesilada
Friends of Luscher Farms
Lead: Heidi Schrimsher
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 must fill out the Friends Group Application and attach a five year work strategy. This will be submitted to the City for review.
- Submit your application to Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, with the Parks and Recreation Department at email@example.com or 503-534-5697.
- The application will be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation 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, making sure they coordinate.
- The application will then go to both the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Natural Resource Advisory Board for recommendation then presented to Council for approval. Once approved the Friends Group will sign a 5 year agreement and they will be officially recognized by the City.
- The final step will involve the Friends Group 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 any questions please do not hesitate to call Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697. Staff is here to help and make the process efficient and as simple as possible.
Work Plan Timelines
FY 2019 - 2020 *** 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, Natural Areas and Athletic Field Senior Crew Leader 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 Babs Hamachek at 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)