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George Rogers Park Lower Picnic Shelter Replacement
Why replace the lower picnic shelter at George Rogers Park?
The lower picnic shelter at George Rogers Park was originally constructed in 1976. It is built from heavy timber columns with a cedar shake roof, and has a fixed concrete grilling area in the center of the structure. An analysis of the structure from 2002 revealed significant dry rot at the base of 3 out of the 4 timber columns, aging and wear to the cedar shakes, and misalignment with several of the concrete slabs. The analysis also noted that there is no direct connection between the shelter's concrete slab and the adjacent concrete path. Access from the path to the picnic shelter requires crossing grass and dirt and may be difficult to negotiate for people with limited mobility. In addition, the existing shelter does not provide significant weather protection during rain events due to its configuration.
The lower picnic shelter at George Rogers Park is one of the most popular community shelter rentals, and is frequently used by City summer camps and events as well. Replacing park structures that are outdated, in disrepair, or otherwise not functioning well was identified as a high priority for investment during the public outreach process leading up to the Parks Bond that Lake Oswego voters passed in 2019. Given the high level of rot in the structural beams, as well as its popularity for use as a rental, the lower George Rogers Park picnic shelter was included in the projects to be funded by the 2019 Parks Bond.
What will the new picnic shelter look like?
The new picnic shelter is a pre-engineered 28' x 28' structure, offering 780 square feet of covered area and improved protection from rain and wind. It is constructed with open-knee wooden arches, wood paneling details for the roof deck, and a black metal roof. A new 32' x 32' concrete pad will also be constructed to improve accessibility. In addition, a new compacted gravel pathway will connect the parking area to the shelter, and compacted gravel seating area with squared basalt boulder seats and barbeques will be added on the east side of the new shelter.
Photo credit: RCP Shelters
When will the new picnic shelter be open for use?
Construction is will begin in early May and is expected to be complete by June 2023. A portion of the parking lot and the area surrounding the shelter will be temporarily closed during construction; please use caution when passing through this area.
Park Analyst / Project Manager
Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 369
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
George Rogers Park Master Plan