Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC)

On Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Bear Creek Salmon Festival returns for its 12th year with the theme: “Stewardship Flows Downhill.”  This admission-free festival will feature all-ages interactive exhibits focusing on improving salmon and wildlife habitat in our region and at home. Explore Bear Creek and beautiful North Mountain Park while learning from the experts. Experience a variety of fun outdoor activities and enjoy an entertainment lineup that will include Montana Soul and Sonic Kaleidoscope Marimbas.  A food concession will be offered by Sultan’s Delight. Join us at North Mountain Park, 620 N Mountain Avenue in Ashland.

Also, Watershed Exploration Days… This series of events this fall will be your opportunity to explore the natural wonders of our beautiful region with fun tours, workshops and work parties. Festivals, hikes, activities and classes take place at various locations across Jackson County.

To learn more, including a schedule of Watershed Exploration Days – regional events, visit or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488.6606. We hope to see you at the Festival!

View all of our AUTUMN programs at Our easy-to-use digital guide has direct registration links for ALL classes that require registration. If you would like to receive a hardcopy of the guide, complete our online request form at or call us at 541.488.5340. We would also be happy to add you to an email notification list.  

Watch for an upcoming book on Lithia Park, written by local historian and journalist John Enders. This coffee table-style book entitled Lithia Park: The Heart and Soul of Ashland, sponsored by the Ashland Parks Foundation, will be published in October 2016.

Make a donation today by visiting Donors contributing $100 or more will receive a free signed copy; donors contributing $500 or more will be acknowledged in the book! Reserve your copy by calling 541.552.2256 or email

The Daniel Meyer Pool is OPEN through early September! More info at

Be sure to check out Oak Knoll Golf Course this summer and fall! And, did you know we offer FootGolf at Oak Knoll? Remember to book your tee-time at or 541.482.4311.

Watch for the seasonal opening of the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink on November 19… Celebrate with us at FIRST FROST where you can experience one of the most magical places in Ashland… that little outdoor rink in beautiful Lithia Park, where the air is fresh, the white lights are twinkling and the music blends with the sounds of nature and blades on the ice… “Let’s skate!” More info at

To learn more about APRC visit, call 541.488.5340 or visit our Rec office at The Grove, 1195 E Main St. “LIKE” us on Facebook –

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Ashland Parks And Recreation

The City of Ashland Parks & Recreation (APR) Department was established to provide recreational opportunities to improve the quality of life for area residents and visitors. Our goals are to strengthen the community fabric and sense of place for youth, adult, and visitor populations; to promote health and wellness; to foster human development; to increase cultural unity and to protect our valuable natural resources. APR meets these goals through preserving, maintaining, and enhancing our recreational facilities, parks, and open spaces while also coordinating engaging programs, classes, public events, and festivals.

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