Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC)

Our Autumn PlayGuide, formerly the Rec Guide, is out and we are sporting a new look! The NEW PlayGuide is now called the, “Community PlayGuide… What to Do!” We hope you have the opportunity to check it out at Our easy-to-use digital PlayGuide has direct registration links for ALL classes that require registration. If you didn’t receive a PlayGuide in the mail and you would like to receive a hard copy of the WinterSpring edition, please complete our online request form at or call us at 541.488.5340. We would also be happy to add you to our email notification list. If you are interested in letting the community know about your business, contact me,, to talk about a display ad.

Did you know we offer Adapted Programs specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities? The programs are designed to focus on each individual’s personal abilities and interests – More at

Our free guided Nature Walks in Lithia Park will continue through the end of Sep! The walks are led by a group of dedicated APRC volunteers! More at We also offer Lithia Park Trail Guides for a self-guided plant excursion through the Park. The guides are $5 for a hardcopy or free using our web app. More info at

Did you know we have a new column in the Ashland Daily Tidings called Park Views? You can view all the columns at – Columns publish on the 4th Thursday of every month.

Are you interested in hiking this autumn? View all of our Ashland trail maps, plus maps of the surrounding area, at

Check out John Enders’ book, Lithia Park: The Heart and Soul of Ashland, sponsored by the Ashland Parks Foundation and available for only $24.95. More info at

Be sure to check out Oak Knoll Golf Course and keep them in mind as part of your summer activities! Remember to book your tee-time (for golf and footgolf) at or 541.482.4311.

Mark your calendar for the annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival at North Mountain Park. This free, family-friendly festival takes place the first Saturday of every October! More info at

Also happening in October is a community meeting on Planning for Nature Play and you are invited! We have a game plan for an exciting new playground at N MT Park. Learn more and share your vision on Wed, Oct 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E Main St. Pre-registration is required. More at under, “Upcoming Events,” or call our Nature Center manager, Libby VanWyhe, at 541.488.6606.

To learn more about APRC visit, call 541.488.5340 or visit our Rec office at The Grove, 1195 E Main St – “Fun, it’s in our Nature!” “LIKE” us on Facebook –