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Help design Woodmont Park; façade improvements in progress; LOFD adds Instagram account

Help design Woodmont Park

Community members are invited to help the Parks & Recreation Department develop a master plan for Woodmont Park on March 20 at the first of three design charrettes planned over the next 12 months.

The 6.7-acre park, which surrounds Atwater Lane near the intersection of Atwater and Knauss roads, is now predominantly a pasture, with stands of Hawthorn trees, a steeply sloped stream and wetlands. Much of the natural features of the park are degraded and in need of stabilization, restoration and long-term management.

The year-long public outreach process is designed to gather thoughts and ideas for what the City hopes will become a place that connects residents with nature. At the March 20 meeting, officials will talk about the park's future from three perspectives: ecology, infrastructure and programming.

The charrette is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Palisades building, 1500 Greentree Road. Light snacks and beverages will be served. For more information, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/woodmont-park-plan.

Facade improvements in progress

Two businesses along State Street are preparing for an upcoming facade makeover this spring: Bill's Old Fashion Service Station on the corner of B Avenue and State Street, and the Bickner Building next door.

Black accent stripes were added to Bill's Service Station last week and contractors finished work on the Bickner Building's masonry in preparation for the facade renovation, which will incorporate a new awning, shutters, entry pavers and a new paint job. Painting for the project will begin once there's a break in the rainy weather, City officials said.

Three additional buildings along the same block of State Street are all slated to receive facade improvements in the coming months: the Gemini Bar and Grill, Lakeside Bikes and the Rogers Building (from Dyke Vandenburgh Jewelers on A Avenue to the Clock Gallery on State Street.

The overall project is intended to complement a set of streetscape improvements that were completed in 2015 along the State Street block between A and B avenues.

LOFD adds Instagram account

Lake Oswego Fire Department Assistant Chief David Morris says he's created an Instagram account for the department "where we share some fun insights and moments from inside the life of the department."

"I am very proud of what I do, my organization and all the amazing heroes I get to work with every day," Morris said in a Facebook post.

The Instagram handle, @lakeoswegofire, joins the department's existing Twitter handle (also @lakeoswegofire) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoFireDepartment ), both of which provide breaking news and photos about the department's calls and activities.

— The Review

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