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George Rogers open house set

Neighbors and users of George Rogers Park are being asked to attend a community forum on proposed improvements there, including a design that would turn Ladd Street into a one-way street.

The city of Lake Oswego is hosting an open house Wednesday at 6 p.m. at city hall, 380 A Ave., to take input on the project.

Remodeling at George Rogers Park has been under way since 2005, part of a 13-phase master plan created in 2002 with public input.

The first three phases of the plan were completed in 2005. This next phase, the project's fourth, has no cost estimates yet. The total park renovation was estimated at $6.8 million in 2002.

Designers for the next wave of revisions - which includes storm water improvements, revisions to Ladd Street, new playground equipment, field lighting and improved wheelchair access - are proposing three options in the upcoming workshop.

Through the options, the public is being asked to weigh in on the position of ball fields, bleachers and greenstreet options along Ladd Street.

The alternatives include a design that would turn Ladd Street into a one-way road. Two other, two-way designs are also available for Ladd Street.

'We just genuinely really want input,' said Marianne Zarkin of Zarkin Landscape Architects, the city's contractor on the job.

'It's one of the most used parks in town so we definitely want to get (people's) input on what will work for the neighborhood but also work for the community at large,' Zarkin said.

Those who weigh in can choose a favorite of the three proposals or weigh in on how components of the designs could be combined into a new approach, according to Zarkin.

The plan will also be available for comment on the city's Web site at www.ci.oswego.or.us.