Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC)

Our Summer PlayGuide will be mailed out later this month. If you don’t see your guide in the mail by the 4th week of April, let us know! We produce three guides per year: Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall. Our Winter/Spring guide is the only guide direct-mailed to all Ashland and Talent households; however, you can request to receive a hardcopy of all three guides by completing our online request form at ashland.or.us/MailMyGuide or call 541.488.5340. We would also be happy to add your email to an email notification list for a direct link to our digital guide!

Did you know we have regular public meetings?

• Parks & Recreation Commission regular meetings on the 4th Monday each month at 7 p.m. at Council Chambers, 1175 E Main St

• Parks and Recreation Commission study sessions on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E Main St

• Trail Master Plan Update Committee meetings every other Friday at 10 a.m. at The Siskiyou Room in the Community Development Building, 51 Winburn Way

• Numerous other quarterly or semi-annual Parks Commission subcommittee meetings, all with agendas posted to the City of Ashland website

More info at AshlandParksandRec.org or call 541.488.5340.

Ashland Parks’ Summer Youth Conservation Corps is now accepting applications! 8th-12th graders can earn 25 hours of community service in just four days working on Ashland trails and parks. Visit ashland.or.us/YouthCorps for more info, or contact our Volunteer & Event Coordinator, Lori Ainsworth, at lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us, or 541.552.2264.

Remember to book your tee-time for Golf or FootGolf at Oak Knoll Golf Course… OakKnollGolf.org or 541.482.4311.

The Lithia Park Master Plan is underway. Our team of consultants is led by the Portland office of MIG, Inc. and includes local landscape architect KenCairn Associates, among other team members. The team is evaluating the condition of Lithia Park currently, setting a foundation for the master plan and the future of Lithia Park. Keep current on our project page at ashland.or.us/LithaParkMasterPlan. Look for hashtags #lithiaparkmasterplan, #lithiaparknext100years and #lithiapark in social media – Facebook.com/AshlandParksandRec. Beginning March 30 you will have the opportunity to share how you experience Lithia Park, via our online interactive map/survey. The map/survey will be available through April 30 at ashland.or.us/LithiaParkMasterPlan. In addition, DESIGN WEEK will take place June 12 – 15, and will be your chance to further share your ideas for Lithia Park and help with the planning process. You may also share your ideas by emailing ParksInfo@ashland.or.us.

The 28th Annual Ashland Community Bike Swap will take place at The Grove on Sat, Apr 14, noon to 2 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E Main St. Entry is only $1 per person. For more info, including info on how to sell your bike at the event (registration to sell your bike will need to take place before the event), visit RVTD.org/bikeswap.Big shout out to our sponsors: RVTD; JPR; Sneak Preview; City of Ashland Fire Dept, Transportation Commission and Police Dept.

On Sat, May 12, Rogue Valley Bird Day will once again take place at North Mountain Park for the 14th year! This popular event is the local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). IMBD celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird—its journey between wintering and breeding grounds. More at RogueValleyBirdDay.net. Big shout out to our sponsors: Klamath Bird Observatory, Rogue Valley Audubon Society, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Jefferson Public Radio, Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, and Watchable Wildlife.

The Ashland World Music Festival, where our community celebrates the world, is a family-friendly event full of music, dance, food and fun from cultures near and far. Taking place on May 19, from noon to 6 p.m. in beautiful Lithia Park, this FREE festival is produced by Rogue World Music and Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission with support from generous local sponsors. More at ashland.or.us/AWMF. Big shout out to our sponsors: The Valley 106.3, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, KDA Homes, Ten Realty, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Full Circle Real Estate, Coleman Creek Construction and JPR.

To learn more about APRC visit AshlandParksandRec.org, 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 – Facebook.com/AshlandParksandRec.