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Mike Lavios inside Palisades January 5, 2018, 3:06 PM
The LO Tennis Center needs LOTS of improvements! And if they don't happen, I have no interest in continuing to vote in favor of school improvement bonds or other recreation type revenues if our Tennis Center does NOT get improved!
Our center has an amazing staff and great coaches; however, when other teams or guests come to play matches, our tennis center is embarrassing compared to other tennis centers in the Portland area, AND MOST OF THOSE ARE PUBLIC FACILITIES TOO!! . We have such high demand that during most peak and moderate use times, it is nearly impossible to get a court. We need significant improvements such as an enclosed and heated viewing area (for team members cheering on their team mates and parents to cheer on their children), a larger lobby and updated and larger bathrooms so that women don't have to use the men's bathroom. The Tennis Center is used to capacity and expansion with more courts and improvements would definitely benefit "Living Well in LO" and the entire LO community and beyond.
Francis Connell inside Lake Forest January 5, 2018, 2:50 PM
I fully support Amy Waterbury's suggestion that the Council develop a diversity plan. Lake Oswego has had, for too long, a reputation as a haven for non-minority people - whether this is deserved or not. Ms. Waterbury's suggestion that Council invite the participation of community organizations that focus on welcoming and embracing diversity is an excellent one.
Frederique Lavios inside Palisades January 5, 2018, 2:49 PM
My husband and I are long-time tennis players and avid users of the Lake Oswego Tennis Center throughout the year. I also agree that the LOTC needs improvements! In addition to my participation in City League Tennis we are both USTA league members. We use LOTC for practice, lessons and match play. LOTC has an amazing staff and great coaches; however, when other teams or guests come to play matches, our tennis center is embarrassing compared to other tennis centers in the Portland area. We need significant improvements such as an enclosed and heated viewing area (for team members cheering on their team mates), a larger lobby and updated and larger bathrooms so that women don't have to use the men's bathroom. The Tennis Center is used to capacity and expansion with more courts and improvements would definitely benefit "Living Well in LO" and the entire LO community and beyond.
Amy Waterbury inside Lake Forest January 5, 2018, 1:24 PM
It would be great to develop a diversity, equity, and inclusion plan for Lake Oswego. Several grassroots community groups have emerged this past year that would like to contribute to such an effort. Lake Oswego is full of smart, passionate, and caring people who care deeply about this issue. Perhaps the City could have as a goal to engage with these groups to develop a plan. This would be a proactive step to help foster a welcoming and inclusive community that would not require much or any resources from the City and would yield tremendous value. Thank you for considering.
Mary Bosch inside Lakewood January 5, 2018, 1:14 PM
We have so much to be proud of in Lake Oswego. Excellence in schools, arts and culture, recreation, public safety and governance to name a few of our assets. But foundational to any community's vitality is also business and jobs. They contribute critical tax revenues to support high quality services, keep local residents in town for shopping and work (helping reduce our carbon footprint), help strengthen our downtown and other commercial/industrial districts and enable us to attract visitors from throughout the region and beyond--a new strategy that Councilor Manz has spearheaded in the last year. I urge you to make economic development a priority in your goal setting for 2018. Encourage existing business retention and expansion, work to foster more locally-owned businesses, increase the number of quality jobs available locally and diversify Lake Oswego's economic base for sustainable tax revenues. Chambers of commerce are networking and marketing organizations, but it is local city government that must play an active leadership role for business and economic health and the vitality of our business districts. There is much work to be done and many models of economic development success in Clackamas County and throughout the state to learn from.
Heather Dudley inside Glenmorrie January 5, 2018, 11:18 AM
The LO Tennis Center needs improvements! Our center has an amazing staff and great coaches. The courts themselves are in great condition, and the new lighting is wonderful. However, I play on both USTA teams and City League teams, and when other teams or guests come to play matches, our tennis center is embarrassing compared to other tennis centers in the Portland area. We need significant improvements such as an enclosed and heated viewing area (for team members cheering on their team mates or for parents who are watching their children take lessons), a larger lobby, and updated/larger bathrooms so that women don't have to use the men's bathroom. The tennis center does not have enough capacity - it is difficult to get a court time unless you reserve it for the entire season, youth lessons usually have a waitlist, and USTA teams are playing until 11 pm at night. While my preference would be to build a new tennis center with additional court space as was proposed several years ago, at the very least we need physical improvements to our current facility. It would definitely benefit "Living Well in LO".
Peter Sweet inside Evergreen January 4, 2018, 9:53 PM
LO Golf Course- The condition and solvency of the golf course may be in the "Kick the Can Down The Road" bucket for Council, but here are some comments and ideas:
1. The course is viewed by most players as one in poor condition and history has shown it will not attract more golfers to be sustainable. Golfers have many alternatives in Portland to play better maintained courses.
2. As the golf architects involved with recent renovations at Oswego Lake CC and Waverley CC will tell you, trees are an enemy of grass on a golf course. Trees provide too much shade and soak up most of the water and fertilizer, preventing healthy turf. Therefore, one has to consider removing lots of trees to improve the playability and reduce the maintenance costs.
3. Driving range is ok, but not very attractive and does not provide enough length or grass areas for hitting.
Some Alternatives to Consider:
1. Reduce the number of holes from 18 to 9. The National Trend for # of Rounds is steadily declining and golfers are looking for venues where they can play a round in less than 2 hours. Remove trees that interfere with good turf maintenance.
2. Bring in an architect to design the 9 holes and sell off excess land to pay for the redesign. Suggestion...Contact former LO resident, PGA Player and golf architect, Peter Jacobsen, and see if he can help with a redesign.
3. Go visit Summerfield GC. While it is owned privately, it won an award for best maintained Oregon course within the past few years. It is nine holes, in terrific shape and has great greens. (Maybe there is an opportunity to negotiate a shared maintenance agreement with the Greenskeeper??)
4. See if a longer, more attractive driving range can be incorporated in the redesign. ( A good example of a well run facility is Tualatin Greens on Cipole Road). Or, if you really want to think outside the box, sell all the land to Topgolf and
put in a super driving range...https://topgolf.com/us/hillsboro/pricing/
5. Incorporate another sports activity as part of the redesign. Build an All-weather, roofed (no heat, no sides) Pickleball facility for the fastest growing sport in L.O. Might make the Dining Grille more viable on a year round basis, also.
From what I have heard and observed over the past decade or longer, the golf facilty is a loser. As a longtime golfer with a fair amount of experience playing both private and public courses, it may be time to think outside the box.
sherri sacconaghi inside Mountain Park January 4, 2018, 8:59 PM
Thank you for asking for our input. I strongly support putting funding towards facility improvement at the Lake Oswego Tennis Center. Specifically a new facility with more courts. The current four courts are not enough to meet the demand of the residents who wish to play at LOTC. Court time is difficult to secure, lessons fill up quickly, and there is not enough court time for LOTC to offer mixers, more leagues, and more lessons. The demand is there. People want to play at LOTC. The staff at LOTC is amazing and do there best to accommodate the residents and guests who play there. The teaching/coaching professionals are some of the best in the area. It is such a benefit to have such a facility in our town. We need space! Increasing the number of courts would increase revenue. It my understanding the tennis center already pays for itself and that the increased revenue brought in from extra court availability it would help pay for the new facility.
At the very least, updating the current facility is very much in need. Providing sufficient bathrooms and building a viewing room ( with heat) where we can cheer on our teammates during a USTA/City League Match, watch our kids during a lesson and host guests from other clubs when they come to play.
LOTC is a benefit to our community, a self supporting facility with top notch management and teaching professionals. It's increased revenue potential is very strong if the money is allocated to expanding/improving the facility.
I realize there are many areas in need of attention in Lake Oswego. I appreciate the difficult decisions that face the City Council regarding funding. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Nancy Kratochvil inside Evergreen January 4, 2018, 7:17 PM
There are seven members of our family representing three households in Lake Oswego that use the Lake Oswego Tennis center. Some of us are taking private lessons, some just use it for friendly mixed doubles, others participate in City League and USTA, some are children just learning the sport. Our center has an amazing staff (Lisa and Beth do a great job) and great coaches who teach preschool children to super seniors the love of tennis. Our family loves tennis; however, when other teams or guests come to play, our tennis center is embarrassing compared to other tennis centers in the Portland area. We need significant improvements such as a viewing area (for parents watching there children play and team members cheering on there team mates) and better and larger bathrooms (more than one stall) so that women don't have to use the men's bathroom. The Tennis Center is used to capacity and expansion and improvements would definitely benefit "Living Well in LO" and the entire LO community and beyond.
Name not shown inside Forest Highlands January 3, 2018, 8:41 PM
The one issue that I'd like to see the Council address is the condition of our streets. Every car in my family has been damaged by our streets in the last two years. One cost thousands of dollars to repair. I had looked forward to the summer months, thinking that Lake Oswego would do what every other city I've lived in does - send around a pot hole brigade. My neighborhood near First Addition is full of potholes and broken up streets, but I saw only one pothole get filled all summer. I've heard that the city has already spent thousands of dollars on plans to redesign D Avenue. This is not what is needed. Recently I visited Rome, staying in a very congested neighborhood where cars routinely double-park for hours and park like wheel spokes around corners. Yet, the entire neighborhood was being repaved. How? By roping off one side of a street for one or two blocks, digging out the old pavement and then repaving. Then city workers moved on to the next block. Lake Oswego tore out a few areas of our street a few years ago to deal with alligatoring; now the street is in worse shape because of these "repairs." Something is amiss with LO's street maintenance. We need a solid plan with consistent execution for street repairs. It is also obvious that streets deteriorate much faster adjacent to construction, yet no one repairs the street when the contractors move on. Our city's system development charges are very high, we all pay an extra fee on our utility bills for street maintenance, and newly-built homes are bringing in more property taxes every year. I wonder, is it time for an audit of this basic public works service?