Lake Oswego has ~460 acres of natural area parks out of ~900 acres of park land.
The Protect Our Natural Parks prospective ballot initiative, 2020IN-1, protects 15 natural area or open space parks in 9 neighborhood associations, totaling ~290 acres with abundant wildlife, flora, and fauna for residents, visitors, and future generations to enjoy.
These 15 natural areas are small and intertwined into the fabric of our neighborhoods and our community. Their ecosystems are host to abundant wildlife that give many in the community refuge and respite from the increasingly developed world that surrounds our tree-canopied city.
Several of these natural areas were gifts to the community by families who saw our innate human desire to develop these lands and they wished them to remain forever wild.
The community should be guaranteed these pockets of nature are left to remain free from development that is inconsistent with maintaining them as natural habitats. Our community-led initiative, 2020IN-1, does just that.
*Not pictured: Cornell Natural Area, Glennmorie Greenway, Kerr Open Space, Waluga – West, Woodmont Park. Send us your pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 100% grassroots, community-led petition initiative, 2020IN-1, to “Protect Lake Oswego’s natural parks for residents, visitors, and future generations” amends Lake Oswego’s Charter Chapter X – Park Development Limitation.
Chapter X – Park Development Limitation was enacted in 1978 by a similar community-led ballot initiative to “preserve Springbrook Park as a natural area.” It prevented Springbrook Park from being developed into an athletic facility. The community voted 3-1 in-favor to preserve Springbrook Park. Not long ago, Chapter X protected Springbrook Park, again, when the City considered plans to expand the Tennis Center into this natural area. Springbrook Park is the only natural park subject to Chapter X today. The community preserved Springbrook Park in 1978, we must now preserve these 15 natural parks too.
AND, 10 natural parks below are WITHOUT adopted master plans, leaving them vulnerable to development inconsistent and incompatible to their natural conditions.
The following natural parks were identified through the City’s Parks and Recreation website and outreach efforts to members in our community in October 2019 and early November 2019 who responded to requests for feedback:
- Neighborhood Association Chairs (past and current)
- Members of Friends Groups
- Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Advisory Board Members
- Director of Parks and Recreation
|Bryant Woods Park|
|19.7||Master Plan (2001)|
|27.3||Master Plan (2001)|
|Cooks Butte Park|
Management Plan (2008)
Master Plan (1980s) – Not Adopted
Trail Plan (2010)
Save Cooks Butte
Stevens Meadows Trailhead
|Cornell Natural Area|
|3.8||Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods|
|Iron Mountain Park|
Lake Grove Neighborhood
|51||Master Plan (2017)|
Resolution 17-42 (2017)
Master Plan (1984)
Restoration Plan (2013)
Friends of Iron Mountain Park
|Kerr Open Space||10|
|Lamont Springs Natural Area|
|10.8||Master Plan (2001)|
|Southshore Natural Area|
|52||Ballot Title – Resolution R-78-53 (1978)|
City Charter – Park Development Limitation (1978)
Friends of Springbrook Park
(includes Stevens Homestead)
|Waluga Park – West|
Lake Forest Neighborhood
|22.8||Friends of Waluga Parks|
|Woodmont Natural Park|
Forest Highlands Neighborhood
Master Plan (2017)
Friends of Woodmont Park
Last updated: Dec 28, 2019