It's now or never for city to buy land, save open space
Citizens of Lake Oswego have asked the City Council to purchase two acres of a private wooded property adjacent to Hallinan Woods.
In 2018, after hearing support from all of the Friends groups, the Clackamas Soil and Water District, the Oswego Lake Watershed Council, the Lake Oswego School District, the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, many neighborhood associations and hundreds of Lake Oswego citizens the Parks and Recreation Board voted to ask the City Council to purchase the property.
The City Council had the property appraised and made an offer.
Although the owners are open to selling the property to the city, they rejected the offer that apparently was lower than the appraised value and plan to go ahead with developing the property.
Development will mean another "private road" accessing six new homes and about 126 large trees (of the 205 trees, mostly Oregon White Oak and Douglas Fir) cut down. About a third of the property cannot be developed because it is riparian. Hallinan Creek flows through the southeast corner of the property on its way to the Willamette River will become part of the private HOA.
Lake Oswego is "built out" and there is little natural, open space left to save. This is one that everyone agrees is a valuable addition to one of our natural, open spaces, Hallinan Woods. We recently passed the parks bond, part of which is available to purchase open space, an important mandate of the city's Park Plan 2025.
The development is scheduled to begin this month. But it's not too late for the city to make a new offer.
Jim and Barbara Fisher are Lake Oswego residents.
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