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PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH — The city council last week proclaimed July to be National Parks and Recreation Month. The declaration gave credit to parks and recreation for maintaining the community’s quality of life, improving citizens’ health, boosting property values and spurring economic activity.

CITY COUNCIL — Last week, the council also approved final adoption of an ordinance amending the city’s comprehensive plan, zoning maps and community development code to expand the boundaries of the Westlake Grove Design District.

BOONES FERRY ROAD — It’s your last chance to lobby the government this round for grant money to help fund planned projects on Boones Ferry Road.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is now taking public input on a bunch of projects competing for state grant money, and the city of Lake Oswego has a proposal in the running. The city has applied for $4 million to make pedestrian and cyclist improvements, part of a bigger effort to overhaul and revamp Boones Ferry Road in Lake Grove.

If the city gets the grant, the money would supplement other funding sources, including a $5 million bond measure approved by voters last November and urban renewal dollars.

To learn more about the city’s proposal, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/boones-ferry-road-stip-grant. Public comments can be submitted to the state by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments are due Sunday.

VOLUNTEER — The deadline is looming to apply for a spot on the city’s historic resources advisory board. The deadline to apply is Sunday.

Meanwhile, young people in the community can apply for youth positions on a variety of the advisory boards. Terms last one year, and applications for youth advisers are due Aug. 15. Information about the boards and applications are available online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies.

GO BY FOOT, BIKE, BUS OR BOAT — The city’s 100 Mile Challenge is underway for 2013. The challenge offers information, tools and incentives to encourage people to leave their cars at home and instead walk, cycle, take the bus or use other forms of car-free transportation. For more information, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/sustainability/100-milechallenge.

SELLWOOD BRIDGE — Construction of a new Sellwood Bridge continues to affect traffic between Lake Oswego and Portland on Highway 43. For more information, visit sellwoodbridge.org.

BUDGET — The new fiscal year begins Monday for the city. That means the 2013-14 budget will be implemented, and a number of city employees will officially be gone following staff reductions.

FOURTH OF JULY — City offices will be closed on the Fourth of July, and there will be a parade and other festivities.