22 staffers are expected to be in the department's new home by Friday

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A floor plan of Palisades Elementary School shows the location of Parks & Recreation Department classes, the McKenzie teen Lounge and other facilities.Movers began the heavy lifting Wednesday morning of relocating the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department into its new digs.

Twenty-two staff members will be housed at the former Palisades Elementary School at 1500 Greentree Road, according to Parks & Recreation Director Ivan Anderholm.

“All of our recreation staff will be there, with the exception of our social events and Luscher Farm team, who will be at Luscher,” Anderholm says.

That means the staff of the department’s sports and cultural divisions, as well as administrative services and park planning, will all be at Palisades.

The move was necessitated by the city’s sale of the West End Building, which had previously housed the department. With Yakima Products Inc. expected to close on the 89,000-square-foot building at 4101 Kruse Way on Friday, the city was able to negotiate with the Lake Oswego School District to relocate the majority of the department — and recreational space — to Palisades.

Meanwhile, Yakima has agreed to lease back office space to the city for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership for the next two years, until the construction phase of that project is completed.

Parks & Rec will be leasing the majority of Palisades’ facilities. The school district will retain three former classrooms for storage, while the city will claim two classrooms -- one for library storage and one for the storage of city records. Two classrooms are also used by Lake Oswego Community Rowing.

The move will give Parks & Rec enough space for meetings, a preschool, youth and adult classes, as well as art and dance classes and a multi-purpose room. The McKenzie teen and youth lounge will also be located in a former classroom, with an occupancy of 21, and Parks & Recreation will have use of the school kitchen.

One major gain: a full-court gym with an adjoining stage.

The department expects to be moved in and operational by Friday. Classes will begin at Palisades next week, with certain classes finishing at the WEB by the end of this week.

Fall classes will be held at Palisades.

A public open house has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., with many of the rooms expected to be in full operation. For more information, visit HTTP://

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