Mothers and caregivers of young children will gain a new play venue starting Sept. 12, when Lake Oswego Indoor Play Park opens in the fellowship hall at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church. The play park is the "baby" of Brooke Mattern, a former teacher and mother of two.
After visiting a Tigard indoor play park, Mattern wanted to bring something like it to Lake Oswego.
"I envisioned this to be a gathering space to embrace controlled chaos for children ages from 0 to 5-years-old," she said. "The play park will offer a clean, safe and dry environment for caregivers to play and learn with children Tuesday and Thursday mornings."
Though LOUMC is donating space for the park, the project is not affiliated with the church. It is part of the church's mission statement to support the community.
Mattern says the space will be divided into two areas; one dedicated to large motor skill play and the other for small motor skill play.
"We'll have a bounce house, jungle gym and pedals cars in the large motor skills area and a playhouse, reading center and blocks in the small motor skill area. And probably a zone for babies."
Assisting Mattern in the project is volunteer Stacey Bernal; Corey Soennecken will be the sole employee, who will set equipment up, check people in and keep the area clean.
The play park will be open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost will be $5 per child, or $7 for up to three children. A 10-time pass for one child will cost $30 or $50 for up to three children.
Lake Oswego United Methodist Church is located at 1855 South Shore Blvd. in Lake Oswego.