Street Sweeper Naming Contest - 2020

Street Sweeper Winning Name - "Sweep Caroline"

Due to COVID-19, the unveiling of “Sweep Caroline” at a Council meeting is postponed until the fall (or a later date that makes sense) once normal operations resume. However, to honor National Public Works Week (May 17-23, 2020), we still want to announce our name winner!

Drum roll please... “Sweep Caroline” submitted by Rosella Chapman!

Explanation: Caroline will do such an incredible cleaning job that LO residents will want to break into song as she approaches. Can't you just hear it now? "Sweep Caroline! BA BA BA! Our streets never looked so clean!" (which is very fitting for this year’s Public Works Week theme – “The Rhythm of Public Works!”)

With over 120 entries, thank you to all those who submitted a name! There were many creative ones and they provided our essential Public Works crews some good laughs during COVID-19! Thank you all for making Lake Oswego a great community and happy Public Works Week!

updated: May 19, 2020

Naming contest is closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted names!

City of Lake Oswego has a new Street Sweeper and it needs a name!

Public Works has a robust street sweeping program to prevent debris from entering stormwater systems and to ensure roadways are clear of debris. The City is required to sweep curbed and guttered streets numerous times each year as part of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements from the Department of Environmental Quality. While curbed streets are the primary focus, streets without curbs are also part of the City’s sweeping program. Last year, the City street sweepers swept 4,015 miles of roadway and picked up nearly 1,952 cubic yards of debris.

Street sweepers in Lake Oswego do an important job to keep our waterways clean. Like Oscar, our important new vehicle needs a name!

How to Enter the Name the Sweeper Contest:

  • Contest runs April 1st – April 30th
  • Name must be submitted online through the City’s website
  • Names will be judged on Creativity, Relevancy to Public Works, & Memorability
  • A City Staff Committee will select the winner
  • Winner will be announced at the May 19th City Council Meeting in honor of National Public Works Week
  • All entries become the property of the City of Lake Oswego
Contact Information

Questions? Contact Madison Thesing 
mthesing@lakeoswego.city

Name Submission