Ashland Parks and Recreation

December 2019 Edition

Our 2020 WinterSpring Community PlayGuide “What to Do!,” will roll off the press in mid-December. This guide will feature recreation programming for January through April 2020. Visit our home page to register for a program at

It’s that time of year again to break out the ice skates! The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink is OPEN for the season. Be sure to check the online schedule at BEFORE heading out. You can also call the rink at 541.488.9189. Mark your calendar for FIRST FROST on Saturday, December 14. This gala celebration culminates the spirit of the outdoor rink and the holidays! Psst kids, tell your parents Chilly the Snowman and Santa’s elves will be there. View complete details online at Are you interested in volunteering at the rink? Please contact Lori at 541.552.2264. (You don’t have to be able to ice skate to help!)

The annual Project FeederWatch program is underway at the North Mountain Park Nature Center and you can help! On Saturdays December 7th and the 21st, learn to identify species with birding experts as we count the number of birds who visit the feeders! This info is then submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch project, a nationwide effort. More info is available at (This program continues through March 2020.)

Stay Connected with APRC! We want you to feel connected and stay connected with us. Stay up-to-date on APRC happenings, events, programs, projects, and alerts by connecting with us! We take pride in providing you with outdoor recreation and experiences, recreation programs, special events, education, and community engagement.

Let us list the ways YOU can stay connected with APRC…

  • Sign-up for Email Notification at
  • Online at, Facebook & Instagram – @AshlandParksandRec
  • In-person at any of our facilities
    • The Grove
    • North Mountain Park Nature Center
    • Ashland Senior Center
    • Oak Knoll Golf Course
  • Direct Contact

Complete information is available at

Did you know our Senior Services Division has a variety of offerings for those who are ages 50 and up? Information is available at, or 541.488.5342.

Mark your calendar for the First Annual Ashland Senior Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, January 22, 2 to 4 p.m. Come learn about the many local volunteer opportunities for seniors. Over twenty non-profits will be present. Free admission and enjoy provided refreshments! The fair is sponsored by the Senior Services Division of Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, Community Volunteer Network, and Asante Ashland Community Hospital.

To learn more about APRC visit – “Fun, it’s in our Nature!” Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @AshlandParksandRec and use the hashtags #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #AshlandWhatToDo #FunItsInOurNature



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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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