Lake Grove Swim Park is open to those who live within the old school district boundaries, but there are exceptions

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Garrett Fratzke takes a plunge into Oswego Lake from the dock of the Lake Grove Swim Park.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Brandon Taliaferro enjoys leaping off the Lake Grove Swim Park diving board.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

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.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jenson Kaelin enjoys the sunny weather while swimming in Oswego Lake

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.

Registration must be done in person, and remember to bring a driver's license of tax records for proof of residency.

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.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Niles Bauer does a forward flip off the diving board.

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.

The pool has been shuttered since July 31 for summer maintenance, but the district plans to reopen it at 5 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. If you're interested in indoor swimming lessons, the Community School regularly offers classes at the pool, which is located on the Lake Oswego High School campus. For more information about the Community School, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-534-2302. The direct number for the LOSD pool is 503-534-2330.

For more information on the Swim Park or the Community School, visit and select the Community tab.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Jillian Daley at 503-636-1281 ext. 109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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