Inspired by family’s such as Marjorie and John Emery who wished for these natural areas to remain forever wild for generations to enjoy the abundant wildlife and sanctity of nature in an ever increasing urbanized world.
Lake Oswego citizens have a strong interest in protecting and expanding those elements that contribute to the natural, cultural and aesthetic health of our community. To many residents and visitors, Lake Oswego is known as a “village in a park,” a place of physical beauty and respite from expanding regional urbanization. Lake Oswego has an extensive tree canopy as a result of investment by the community in its natural parks and open spaces.
We love Lake Oswego natural parks! It takes our community to protect them, and we found that a majority of the 900 Save Cooks Butte petition signers are concerned about preserving these natural areas permanently. Whether it’s Springbrook Park or Cooks Butte, the City routinely considers development in our natural parks that is inconsistent and incompatible with their intended use as nature preserves.
Our community-led initiative proposal revises the City Charter “Chapter X – Park Development Limitations.” Chapter X was put into our City Charter in 1978 by a similar community-led initiative to protect Springbrook Park from being developed into a major athletic facility. The community voted overwhelmingly 3-1 to “preserve Springbrook Park as a natural area.” Springbrook Park is the ONLY natural area park protected in the City Charter.
Our initiative protects 15 additional natural areas with expanded development limitations.
Our official petition is now circulating for signatures. We NEED 4365 Lake Oswego voter signatures to sign the OFFICIAL petition for our citizen-led initiative to qualify for the ballot. Our community should have the opportunity to decide and vote
We can do this with your help!
Last updated: Jan 16, 2020