Ashland Parks and Recreation

“Fun, it’s in our Nature!” October 2021 Edition


The 2021 Autumn Community PlayGuide, “What to Do,” is out and registration is OPEN! Learn more and self-register for a recreation program by visiting to access the PlayGuide. 


Parks and Recreation Commissioners hold their regular business meeting the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Study Sessions are typically held the 1st Wednesday of the month (check the APRC public meeting calendar at Learn how you can participate, how to contact the Commissioners, and view Commissioner bios and goals, agendas and minutes. 

Be sure to check out a special message from the Parks and Recreation Commissioners, “Our Commitment to the People of Ashland,” at 


Our Senior Services Division enhances the lives ?of seniors by promoting healthy aging, well-being, dignity and independence.  We empower older adults as valued, contributing members of the community and together advocate for the diverse needs of seniors and their families throughout Ashland. More info at  


Come spend a fall morning in Lithia Park while helping to care for this local treasure! On Sat, Oct 23, 9-11 a.m., we will be working alongside students from the Environmental Education Master’s Program at SOU for a joint park beautification work party. Volunteers will remove invasive species, help with trail upkeep, remove trash and more. Tools, gloves, snacks, and guidance will be provided. All ages are welcome. 

After the event, the Environmental Education Master’s Program students will lead an educational activity in the park. If interested, please do RSVP to ensure adequate supplies for all. For more info, and to sign up, please contact APRC Volunteer Coordinator Sulaiman Shelton at 541.552.2264 or 


Join in regular restoration work parties at North Mountain Park on Thursdays from 9 to 11:00 a.m. Battle invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs and help care for this wonderful park. Tools and friendly training provided. Drop-ins welcome but join our email list to receive updates on timing and projects! Check the front porch of the Nature Center for info on where the work will be happening that day.

Our Senior Services Division is seeking volunteers for a new program aimed at reducing social isolation for older adults. Volunteer for the Ashland Senior Phone Buddy program. Make a difference in someone’s day from the comfort of your home with regular social phone calls. Apply Today!

For all volunteer opportunities, to learn more, sign-up or to join an email list, please call or email Volunteer Coordinator Sulaiman Shelton at 541.552.2264 or 

For more info visit, email or call 541.488.5340. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @AshlandParksandRec and use the hashtags #APRCstayConnected #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #FunItsInOurNature #AshlandWhatToDo 

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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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