Lake Oswego has two swim parks. Who can use them can be a bit confusing. There is a common misconception that you must live within the Lake Oswego School District to be eligible. While that is partially true, it is not the case.
The Lake Oswego Swim Park
This swim park is located at 250 Ridgeway Rd on the West end of the Lake. To use this park you must be a resident of Lake Oswego. Use of the park is free. Hours of operation at 1-6 pm daily, weather permitting. The park features life guards on duty during all operating hours, diving platforms, water sprayers, inner tubes, outdoor showers, and lounge chairs. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by someone who is at least 16 years of age. So this park is widely available to any one who is a resident of Lake Oswego.
The Lake Grove Swim Park
This swim park is located at 3800 Lakeview Blvd on the East end of the lake. This swim park was originally deeded to the former Lake Grove School District by the Oregon Iron and Steel Company. The Lake Grove School District merged with the Lake Oswego School District in 1953. While the districts merged, the use of this swim park remains with people who live within the former Lake Grove School District’s boundary. (For a link to the website that has a copy of this map, click here) People who live within this district pay an additional property tax to maintain and operate this park. To use the park you simply must provide photo ID with proof of your address and a park pass will be issued. You then show your pass when you use the park.
This park has life guards on duty during all operating hours (12-8pm daily, weather permiting). There is also ping pong, volleyball, tether ball, and basketball. There is a concrete wading pool for children 7 and younger. Additionally, swim lessons are offered for all children in Lake Oswego, even those who are not eligible for a park pass.
With the hot summer days we’ve been enjoying, now is the time to get out to the swim parks and take advantage of the recreational opportunities that come from living in Lake Oswego.