Maybe you've heard that the one-acre Lake Grove Swim Park, which hugs the northwestern side of Oswego Lake, isn't open to everyone. That's true. It's not.
But there's also a chance that you or your kids can get into the park if you live in the right area, know people who live in that area, your kids need swimming lessons or if your teen swimmer wants to save lives.
In general, the park is restricted to residents who fall within the boundaries of the former Lake Grove School District because residents there pay an additional property tax to support the park.
The park outlines its boundaries online at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/1946.
Don't live within those boundaries? Perhaps you know someone who does, and they can score you entry into the park. That's because there's an interesting rule that permits residents of the old Lake Grove district to invite up to five guests.
Also, there's a way for eager young workers to get in. Most of the lifeguards on duty at the swim park are current or former high schoolers from the area. However, these on-duty lifeguards must be certified to obtain one of the positions. There weren't any openings posted on the district's website as of Aug. 8, but it can't hurt to turn in an application.
Or, since the Lake Oswego School District manages the park, any LOSD student ages 4 and older can take lessons at the Lake Grove Swim Park, even if the park isn't open to their entire household.
There were a variety of American Red Cross swimming lessons available this summer for ages 4 and older, and one more of the two-week sessions remains. Costing $10 for 10 lessons, the final session will be held Aug. 14-25 (pre-registration starts at 11 a.m. on Aug. 11). Lesson times are 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon.
If you do gain entry, you'll enjoy more than just lake access. The park boasts a wading pool for ages 7 and younger, certified lifeguards, restrooms, a snack shack, tetherball, volleyball, badminton, games such as Jenga, ping pong and a basketball hoop. There's also a grove of tall trees if you prefer the shade, or a sun-filled shoreline.
The park is located at 3800 Lakeview Blvd. Its season began June 17, with the park open from noon-8 p.m. daily. It will close from Aug. 28-Sept. 1, but will reopen for the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Sept. 4 is the last day of the season for the park.
If you just can't find a way to set foot in the Lake Grove Swim Park, the Lake Oswego School District's indoor swimming pool is open to the public.
For more information on the Swim Park or the Community School, visit http://www.losdschools.org and select the Community tab.