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The Lake Oswego chapter of the National League of Young Men spent a recent Sunday making a new walking path for visitors of Springbrook park. 

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - The Lake Oswego chapter of the National League of Young Men spent a recent Sunday making a new walking path for visitors of Springbrook park.In a clearing that connects four walking paths in the middle of Springbrook Park, James Keyser slides his shovel into a pile of pebbled gravel with a "tink."

Underneath a blanket of yellow, orange and red leaves, the Lake Oswego High School freshman then tosses a generous pile into a wheelbarrow. Students around his age work in a quick assembly line: transporting the gravel, dumping its contents and raking the surface into a smooth, walkable path.

The process starts all over again, and by late morning, the urban park has a walking path free of the muddy ground and overgrown roots.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, despite the heavy downpour and chilled wind, freshmen from the Lake Oswego chapter of the National League of Young Men participated in community service work by creating new walking paths in the urban park. The group partnered with the city of Lake Oswego's stewardship department to complete the project.

"It's important (for youth) to be out here with us because I think it just gives a sense of home, as well as understanding to the community. Community members come out here, adults and also youth, and they try to build and make their place better, rather than tearing it down," said Kaleb Simpson, a natural area utility worker for the city of Lake Oswego.

Since 2015, the Lake Oswego chapter of NLYM has provided opportunities for male high schoolers to learn about leadership, culture and philanthropy. The program offers opportunities for mothers and their sons to spend time together and develop young men into community leaders.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Members cleared a new path in a clearing in Springbrook Park.

In 2021, the branch completed community service hours ranging from providing hygiene kits for the homeless to working at a food pantry. This year, the group has continued its line of charitable work, with each of the 100 or so young men contributing an average of 10 hours of philanthropy so far.

On Sunday, while the freshman class hung out at the park, juniors and seniors in the program made welcome kits.

"I think it's important for us to be out here to help improve the nature around us and the environment in our community," said Keyser.


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