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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.

Scroll down past the Events to find a list of park stewardship events where we need volunteer help to protect and restore the natural areas of our community. New events will be added periodically, so please check back for updated information. 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.


Friends of the Parks & Volunteer Appreciation BBQ & Pie-A-Palooza! July 19, 2017

The Parks Department had a great time Grillin' & Chillin' a fantastic Bar-B-Que picnic for our valued volunteers that help in the Parks' Natural Areas!
Volunteers brought friends, family, and their appetites to the 3rd Annual Stewardship Volunteer Appreciation BBQ! There was great food, incredible homemade pies & plenty of cold drinks in our can't beat that for Stewardship ingenuity!
We celebrated our volunteers through Stewardship recognitions, service awards, raffle prizes and by revealing the names of our three Stewarship Gnomes: Greenie, Blossom, and Oak!
We greatly appreciate your time, energy, and commitment to protecting and restoring Lake Oswego's beautiful park natural areas.

Woodmont PArk - Apr. 23, 2016

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to partake in a Stewardship work party? Mother Earth was truly celebrated by volunteers that cared passionately about the natural areas of Lake Oswego's beautiful parks. The sun came out between rain showers and the awesome Friends of Woodmont Park led volunteers as they protected and enhanced one of Lake Oswego’s newest parks! The ivy and invasive plants did not have a chance against the efforts of the volunteers on Earth Day. Each volunteer working in Woodmont Park made a huge difference restoring the health of the natural area.  Mother Earth says Thank You Volunteers for sharing your time forward for all to enjoy my healthy and natural wonder!

IRON Mountain PARK -  Apr. 17, 2016     

Free the Trees!  This rousing battle cry was heard loud and clear by the dedicated volunteers that continued in the battle against the aggressive invasive species in Iron Mountain Park!  Friends of Iron Mountain welcomed the Invasive Army to pull out the creeping ivy and invasive species in this expansive 50 acre park. Volunteers have made great progress restoring the park, but there are many native species still waiting to be freed of ivy. The park contains a unique plant community, birds of prey and owls. Deer are common visitors along the paths!


SOUTHWOOD PARK -  Apr. 16, 2016

Friends of Southwood Park were blessed with many helping hands that let beautiful native plants flourish in this treasured park. The dedicated volunteers restored native plants and tackled the ivy and the pesky invasive species which were crowding the natural area of this park.  These awesome volunteers were led by Kim Valley and all were warmed by the brilliant sun as they worked outdoors with others that cared about the health of this beautiful forest and natural park space. Thank you volunteers!


Freepons Park - Mar. 27, 2016

The Easter Bunny's egg-citing egg hunts at multiple parks were a tough act to follow! We give major kudos to the Egg-cellent volunteers that jumped over to Freepons Park to help pull ivy and remove invasives!  A big shout out to Barbara Fisher of Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods.  Barbara gathered tools and supplies for the volunteers and could be found deep in Freepons Park chasing after the ivy and invasives!


sOUTHWOOD PARK -  Mar. 26, 2016

Friends of Southwood Park hopped to it and welcomed eager volunteers over the Easter weekend! Together they restored native plants and tackled the ivy and the invasive species that crowded the natural areas of the park.  inspiration was easily found in this tucked away forest!  Southwood Park is a hidden treasure and harbors towering trees, meandering paths, an expansive meadow and a beautiful stream. The park is often visited by wandering deer and birds of prey. Sending baskets of thanks for all the Stewardship volunteers who did an egg-cellent job helping the Friends of Southwood Park!

Iron Mountain Park - Mar. 13, 2016

Mother Nature brought out the water works but it did not dampen the spirits or energy of the determined Friends of Iron Mountain Park and their dedicated volunteers! 130 native plants were tucked along 500 feet of a trailside corridor to act as a buffer at the base of the slope water is.  The Friends of Iron Mountain received the Gray Thompson Grant for $500 from the Clackamas County Master Gardeners. Congratulations for being awarded the grant!   Ivy and invasive species did not stand a chance against these muddy, wet and determined volunteers who braved the rain, winds and rocky digging terrain!  3 cheers for the Iron Mountain Park Dream Team!

Springbrook Park - Mar. 12, 2016

An army of over two dozen energized volunteers swooped into the heart of Springbrook Park to plant many hundreds of native plants. Shovels in hand, the volunteers carried containers of the tender native plants to the areas that had been cleared of invasive ivy by previous volunteer stewardship. Volunteers both young and old took great delight in digging holes to nestle these wonderful native plants in. This planting of hundreds of native species will help restore the vegetation balance in this incredible 50 acre natural park. Hoo-rah for Friends of Springbrook Park and their army of awesome volunteers!


Woodmont Park - Mar.6, 2016

Friends of Woodmont Park opened their arms to welcome in families for an afternoon of Stewardship in the natural areas of this jewel of a park. It was great to see kiddos volunteering alongside adults to remove invasive species in one of Lake Oswego's newest natural parks. From exploring the old orchards, wandering the trails about the meadows, trekking the paths through the forest, and following the meandering stream, the volunteers were immersed in a variety of nature at her finest as they removed invasive species.  Bravo to mentoring forward the Stewardship vision to the next generation!


West Waluga Park - Mar. 5, 2016

The West Waluga woods were alive with the voices of excited volunteers deep within the forest as a group removed some invasive plants and noticed deer tracks in the damp earth. If this was not enough excitement, an ancient  boat trailer that has trees growing through its frame was discovered deep in the forest. The old boat trailer is not on the invasive species removal list, so it will remain entrapped in the trees and part of the forest lore about the deep part of the woods! The rest of the forest revealed the typical invasives for removal, from ivy to blackberries to garlic mustard. The boy scouts were out in full force and gathered up a large pile of garbage that was found scattered through out the woods. Thank you to the two dozen volunteers that came out on a sunny afternoon to share Stewardship with West Waluga Park!


springrook park - feb. 13, 2016

The Friends of Springbrook Park hand delivered a wonderful Valentine to their treasured park as they planted 250 native plants. Thanks to the help of a couple dozen volunteers, Springbrook Park is healthier than ever and ready for the gentle rains to water her newest native species plants. Thanks to one and all for continuing to spread Valentine love throughout this sweetheart of a natural park! We think Friends of Springbrook Park R GR + 8! 


Freepons park - jan. 24, 2016

Dozens of volunteers started 2016 off with a Bang as they helped eradicate the ivy from Freepons Park's natural wooded areas. The towering fir trees and majestic maples all breathed a sign of relief after the work party. Thanks to the devotion of the Friends Group, Freepons Park is almost free of the smothering ivy.  Stay tuned for their next work party and you may be the lucky volunteer who frees the last tree in this area from ivy!


SPRINGBROOK PARK - Feb. 13, 2016

The Friends of Springbrook Park hand delivered a wonderful Valentine to their treasured park as they planted 250 native plants. Thanks to the help of a couple dozen volunteers, Springbrook Park is healthier than ever and ready for the gentle rains to water her newest native species plants. Thanks to one and all for continuing to spread Valentine love throughout this sweetheart of a natural park!


FREEPONS PARK - Jan. 24, 2016

Dozens of volunteers started 2016 off with a Bang as they helped eradicate the ivy from Freepons Park's natural wooded areas. The towering fir trees and majestic maples all breathed a sign of relief after the work party. Thanks to the devotion of the Friends Group, Freepons Park is almost free of the smothering ivy.  Stay tuned for their next work party and you may be the lucky volunteer who frees the last tree in this area from ivy!


IRON MOUNTAIN PARK  - Nov. 15, 2015

Hundreds of native plants were gently placed into the forest floor at Iron Mt. park by a strong showing of volunteers.The prep work behind the scenes to prepare the forest floor involved numerous work parties to pull ivy off trees, remove blackberries and eliminate other invasive plants. These new native plants will help the forest return to its natural balanced state and provide habitat for native insects, birds and animals. This planting had perfect timing as the recent rains gave the plants a generous welcome soaking! A large round of applause to Mike Buck who rallied the troops and had a great volunteer turnout for the final Iron Mt Friends Group work party of 2015. Over this year tremendous headway was made in the woods of Iron Mt park with the removal of invasive ivy off hundreds of trees. Thank you Iron Mt Friends Group for all you did in 2015!


HALLINAN WOODS - Nov, 8, 2015

Hands on at Hallinan! This was indeed the case as over 20 people showed up to help plant native species in Hallinan Woods. The piles of empty native plants pots grew taller as the day progressed!  Bravo to all the Cub Scouts and their Dads who braved the rain and came to the planting party! Not only were ferns, native trees and other species planted, but garbage was rounded up, too! Hard to believe that besides garbage, a mattress and a tire were dumped in these woods. Thank you volunteers and Scouts for paying it forward in the beautiful natural areas of the parks!


WEST WALUGA PARK - Nov. 7, 2015

Friends of East Waluga Park put on their rain gear once again and headed out to West Waluga Park to attack the ivy that is smothering the trees. There is no shortage of Stewardship in the Waluga Friends Group...they brave the rain, sleet and wind to care for the natural areas of East and West Waluga Parks! Thank you one and all for your continued vision to restore West Waluga park's natural areas back to a healthy and balanced ecological system!


SOUTHWOOD PARK - Nov. 7, 2015

Hundreds of native species were planted by the Friends of Southwood Park on Saturday....this involved making hundreds of holes in the ground for this planting! The rain could not deter these hearty volunteers who are committed to Stewardship of the natural areas of Southwood Park! The Friends of Southwood Park are true Stewards of this jewel of a park and have spent hundreds of hours removing invasive species to get ready for this restoration of native plants! Thank you one and all for realizing the importance of Stewardship in the natural areas of the parks for today's visitors and generations to come!



Nestled behind the soccer field at Hallinan Grade School is a hidden 3.72 acre oasis of towering fir trees with a meandering stream that winds through the forest. Hallinan Woods hosts a thriving forest ecosystem and this special oasis was given a big boost by the Friends of Hallinan Heights with  their native species planting work party. Neighbors and friends showed up to lend a helping hand (and helping shovel!) to plant hundreds of native species along the forest floor.  The weather forecast was spot on and the little plants received much needed watering from Mother Nature.  Thank you Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods for your passion for returning Hallinan Woods to a healthy and native plant status.



A big shout out to Friends of Woodmont Park and all that joined this dedicated group of volunteers to wage battle against the ivy and invasive species.  It is rare to find a small park that offers so much diversity....from an old apple orchard, to open fields to a dense forest to a winding stream...all complete with a variety of wildlife and an assortment of birds that call this park home. It is very encouraging to have support in restoring this 6.7 acres of treasured natural land and ridding it of invasive species.  Kudos to the Weed Warriors!


Over 250 eager volunteers donated time, energy and endless smiles as they gave back to the natural areas in 3 of Lake Oswego's Parks.  Ryan Stee, Megan Big John and the heads of Hallinan Heights, Southwood and Woodmont Friends Groups worked shoulder to shoulder with the ambitious volunteers


The majority of the volunteers were stationed at Freepons Park to lend helping hands for two and a half hours. The  Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints provided the bulk of volunteers.  Barbara and Jim Fisher (FOHH) mentored around a hundred adults and teens as they removed ivy in Freepons Park. Barbara reported about 75% of the trees are now ivy free! Trash that was hidden under ivy filled up 4 large bags!   About a hundred adults and young children spread huge piles of bark chips, scrubbed playground equipment, weeded flower beds, cleaned light fixtures and bike racks. Also, several folks strolling through Freepons Park stopped by the registration area to see what was going on and ended up putting on gloves, grabbing a pruner and removing invasive plants.


Across town at Southwood Park, Mary Solares (FOSW) directed about 30 volunteers that cut a swath through blackberry thickets to reach 25 trees that they then freed from ivy. This seclude area was difficult to get to and these heroic volunteers persevered!  Mary reports that the main area of the park is now free from invasives! Frank Ness (FOSW) was there to mentor the volunteers as they eradicated the ivy and blackberry vines. This area was challenging and these volunteers rocked it!

At Woodmont Park, Heidi Schrimsher (FOWP) and Eric Hirschberger worked with over a dozen volunteers of all ages to eradicate invasives. They were treated to cake and cookies provided by a very elderly neighbor who wanted to be "part of the volunteer outreach!" Woodmont Park is the test park for the city to only use manual labor to remove invasives. Heidi noted that it takes a great number of man hours, with repeated work parties, to keep ahead of the invasive growth. All are welcome to join Woodmont's next work party,Sun., Sept. 27th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

 We hope to have more Mega Stewardship events like this that make a huge impact in our parks' beautiful natural areas!



The Parks Department showed appreciation for its many dedicated Friends and Neighborhood Groups volunteers with a festive Bar B Que at Luscher Farm.  The Parks staff, Mayor Studebaker, City Manager Scott Lazenby and Councilors Joe Buck, Jeff Gudman and Jackie Manz came out to thank the celebrated volunteers.  All 7 friends Groups and  Neighborhood Groups were represented along with Boy Scouts, church groups and jr high and high schools. Close to 100 folks enjoyed a tasty dinner and witnessed The Big Stewardship Reveal when Mayor Studebaker commissioned a new cargo trailer and tools for the Stewardship program! Megan Big John of Parks Maintenance and Ryan Stee, the Parks Planning and Natural Resource Manager shared that the City manages over 628 acres of parks. Over 450 acres of these parks are natural areas with various functions. There is great appreciation for the Stewardship program volunteers that have helped remove invasive species from the parks for over 20 years!

Among these amazing volunteers are individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to the parks.  These outstanding volunteers are leaders who have contributed countless hours to help protect and mentor the natural areas Lake Oswego’s diverse and beautiful parks. They collaborated with the city to help develop work plans for the natural areas of the parks. They created and scheduled volunteer work parties, attended Quarterly Friends Group Forums, helped recruit volunteers and oversaw the training of volunteers. These park stewards have encouraged dozens of volunteers in the blistering sun, torrential downpours, frosty mornings and the net result was hundreds of trees were freed from ivy and hundreds of hours were devoted to pulling out invasive species from the parks’ natural areas. Ivan Anderholm, the Parks and Recreation Director, acknowledged the incredible work gifted by a special group of Honored Park Stewards. Bravo!

The Parks and Recreation Stewardship Program has recognized and honored the following volunteers for Outstanding Stewardship Service 2014 – 2015:

Friends of East Waluga

Will Mahoney Watson and Cheryl Uchida

Friends of Iron Mountain Park

Mike Buck and Joy Prideaux

Friends of Lusher Farm

Laura Masterson and Heidi Schrimsher

Friends of Rogerson Clematis

Nancy Gronowski

Friends of Southwood Park

Frank Ness, Mary Solares and Kim Valley

Friends of Springbrook Park

Jim Evans, Paul Lyons, Doug McKean

Friends of Woodmont Park

Heidi Schrimsher and Craig Stephens

Friends of Hallinan Woods (In process)

Barbara Fisher and Jim Fisher

Glenmorrie Neighborhood

Jon Bradley and Judy Dauble

And That's the Way We Roll....

Attendees had the option to take part in a very unique contest: to Name the Stewardship Wheelbarrows! The judges agonized over the selection of just 2 names from 72 witty monikers that were submitted. After much deliberation, the 2 names selected just happened to be from the same contestant.  And that's the way we roll!

First Place: Paul Lyons   Paul will receive a $20 gift card from Kyra's Bake Shop

Wheely and Dumpy

Runner Up: Kim Studebaker   Kim will receive a $10 gift card from Kyra's Bake Shop

Ollie Oswego and Stan the Steward


Couldn't resist sharing a few other clever names submitted:

Paul Bunyan and Big Blue: Lana Sim

Clyde (s) and Dale (Work horses): Stephanie Barton

Rusty and Bertha: Mary Solares

Hercules Hauler and Iron Man: Jen Van Wagoner



Thank you to the seven Friends Groups and the  Neighborhood group that shared valuable insights, asked great questions and enjoyed networking with each other at the Quarterly Forum. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department holds quarterly forum events as a benefit to the wonderful  friends and neighbor groups who have adopted Lake Oswego Parks to assist with invasive species removal efforts. This was a great opportunity to hear the latest restoration methodologies, meet our Park Ranger, hear about upcoming events, and network with other community members that are passionate about our natural  parks.  The event was held at the West End Building (4101 Kruse Way) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Santiam Room.

For more information please contact Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697 or




Date & Time


Stay tuned for more exciting Stewardship events coming your way soon!

Thank you for visiting our webpage. We value each volunteer as your helping hands make a difference to the health of the parks' natural areas now and for generations of visitors to come!

Cheers from the land of ivy and invasives!

Babs Hamachek, Stewardship Coordinator



To learn more about and connect with a Friends Group to volunteer see below.

Friends of Springbrook Park Website CLICK HERE

Friends of Iron Mountain Park (formally Friends of Brookside) Contact Mike Buck at or 503-914-8607

Friends of East Waluga Park contact Will Mahoney Watson at also CLICK HERE to visit the Waluga Neighborhood Association Website at

Friends Groups Resources

Per Resolution 08-83 The Lake Oswego City Council established an administrative policy for park and natural area friends groups.  To read that resolution CLICK HERE. The resolution will explain the intent of friends groups and provide some guidelines.


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 must fill out the Friends Group Application and attach a five year work strategy. This will be submitted to the City for review. CLICK HERE for the Friends Group Application.
  3. Submit your application to Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, with the Parks and Recreation Department at or 503-534-5697.
  4. 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.CLICK HERE for the 5 year work strategy.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  1. 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.


FY 2016 - 2017 *** 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 May 15 prior to the next fiscal year (1.5 months prior). Contact Megan Big John for additional questions.

Fiscal Year

Due Date



May 15, 2017

CLICK HERE for 2017/18 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 Open Space Supervisor and Crew Leader 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 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

Jon Bell

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 Babs Hamachek at 503-534-5697.



Invasive removal and planting guide (This will discuss the best times of the year for particular invasive removal and planting for optimal success) -  COMING SOON!

Guidelines for working in Public Properties (This will discuss regulations such as spraying laws)

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

If you have any ideas for resources please contact Babs Hamachek