Ashland Parks and Recreation

September 2019 Edition

Our 2019 Fall Community PlayGuide, ”What to Do!” is out and registration is OPEN. The guide features recreation programming that will carry us through December 2019.

Happenings in Lithia Park this summer,

  • First Friday Silent Disco in the Park; September 6, October 4; 5 to 11 p.m., $5 donation.
  • 2nd and 4th Friday each month, family movies at the Bandshell: September 13, (added showing on September 21) September 27 – Movies in the Park will start at dusk, $5 donation.
  • Free Lithia Park Nature Walks on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (and Saturday in August), rain or shine, through the end of September.

On September 21, we will wrap up our Rock the Knoll free summer concert series with the band Hog Wild. Our new restaurant, Mary’s BBQ on the Knoll, will be serving food and drink beginning at 5pm, along with our friends at CABA Empanadas. The music starts at 5 p.m.

The 15th Annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival will take place once again at North Mountain Park on Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is adjacent to Bear Creek and is approximately 14 acres. What’s special about Bear Creek in the fall? The return of the salmon! The Bear Creek Salmon Festival is a free, family event that is a celebration of our local watershed and the return of salmon in Bear Creek. Complete info is available at

Stay Connected with APRC! We want you to feel connected and stay connected with us. We take pride in providing you with outdoor recreation and experiences, recreation programs, special events, education and community engagement. From the parks we manage, the trails we help build and maintain, to our Senior Services Division, the Oak Knoll Golf Course, the Nature Center, to the seasonal outdoor Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink in Lithia Park and the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool in Hunter Park. It is our job and our pleasure to communicate all of this to you. Stay up-to-date on APRC happenings, events, programs, projects and alerts by connecting with us!

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, Monday through Friday, generally 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (times will vary between facilities)
    • The Grove
    • North Mountain Park Nature Center
    • Ashland Senior Center
    • Oak Knoll Golf Course
  • Direct Contact

Complete information is available at

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!”




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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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