Autumn with Ashland Parks & Recreation

by Ashland Parks & Recreation Staff

Did you know that Ashland Parks & Recreation publishes three recreation guides per year? Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall guides are direct mailed to all Ashland and Talent households. In addition, the guides are available online at, with direct registration links (from your computer, your smart phone or your iPad) to Parks & Rec programs that require registration.  And speaking of registration… did you know that you can register yourself for most of our programs? Visit our website at and click on the “Register Now” button. If you don’t already have an account set up, it’s easy to do, but if you need a little help you can always call our friendly staff at the main Parks and Rec office at 541.488.5340 or at the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488.6606. You can also email us at

It’s almost that time of year again to lace up your skates and hit the ice! Opening Night of the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Psst kids, tell your parents you want to come out to the rink to listen to live DJ Hope; watch a 3-on-3 hockey game and the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club; hang out with the rink mascot, Chilly the Snowman; and show your moves on the ice! Half price admission offered on Opening Night (does not include skate rental). Learn more at

Did you know that in 2012 the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department purchased over 260,000 dog-waste bags? Wow, that’s a lot of doggie-doo! Way to go, Ashland residents, for picking up after Fido! Woof Waste dispensers (formerly Mutt Mitt dispensers) are located throughout the City of Ashland at various parks and trails. Recently, the Ashland Parks Commission expanded the possibilities for dog owners by modifying the rules for dogs in ‘dog-friendly” parks within the City of Ashland. The commission approved allowing leashed dogs in more sections of current “dog-friendly” parks, including grassy areas. Dogs are no longer restricted to paved pathways or six feet adjacent to pathways. Dogs are NOT allowed in playground areas or ball fields in parks with those amenities. Learn more about our dog-friendly parks and open spaces by visiting “More and more Ashland residents and visitors own and travel with their dogs. I am thrilled to see this policy modification, as it really responds to our changing demographics,”   –Parks Commission Chair Stefani Seffinger

Ashland Parks & Recreation is located in upper Lithia Park at 340 S. Pioneer Street. Learn more by visiting, by calling 541.488.5340 or by emailing

Ashland Parks & Recreation: “Providing Recreational Opportunities; Preserving & Maintaining Public Lands”

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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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