Many Lake Oswego parks remain closed
Many Lake Oswego city parks remain closed or partially closed due to hazardous conditions caused by the recent winter storm — the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course being one area which took a huge hit.
Rossman Park, Freepons Park, Pine Cone Park, Hide-a-Way Park and Glenmorrie Park are closed as of Monday, Feb. 22, due to downed trees or other dangerous conditions caused by the recent storm. Portions of Pilkington Park, Foothills Park, Westridge Park and access to Springbrook Park along Wembley Road are currently closed as well.
"We have some trees that are in lines. They've fallen and they're tangled up in lines," said Parks Director Ivan Anderholm about Wembley Road access to Springbrook Park, adding that the fallen trees are tangled in communications and internet lines and there is no exact timeframe for when they will be untangled.
Anderholm said there is significant damage in Bryant Woods and Canal Acres Nature Parks and the city asked people to respect the caution tape and barricades on certain trails.
"The main message is we're coming and we're clearing and cleaning, opening parks when we can," Anderholm said.
Anderholm added that it might be difficult to see hazards, most of which are up in the trees, so it's important to respect the caution tape and barricades. Arborists on staff are assessing the areas, Anderholm said, along with the natural area open space staff, because the weight of the ice caused some tree trunks to split.
"As me walking through the forest, I may not notice that but it does present a significant hazard if the tree is starting to split," Anderholm said.
Other areas in the Cornell Corridor between the Hallinan Neighborhood and Southwest Bergis Road are unsafe and barricaded due to the amount of debris on the side of the road.
"There are a number of places where there's going to be a bunch of trees that were damaged and/or fell that will be removed," Anderholm said.
A contract arborist is currently evaluating the damage at the golf course. Anderholm said the area lost roughly 50 trees, with another 20-40 that were severely damaged. He added that the golf course lost its netting panels and one pole on the driving range due to damage from the weight of the ice. The golf course remains closed and the city is working on trying to reopen the range, though it might be some time before the entire course is up and running.
Rossman Park is mostly cleaned up, though the playground is closed as a large branch hangs above it, which needs to be removed.
"We need a contractor to get in there and do that," Anderholm said.
Anderholm said the city is opening parks as staff goes through and assesses for overhead dangers and hazards.
"It's a changing target every day," he said.
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