Autumn with Ashland Parks & Recreation

Please help us welcome our new director, Michael A. Black, who was appointed by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission on August 18, 2014. Michael’s career in local government administration reveals a track record of strong leadership and planning in the areas of parks and community development and active transportation. Most recently, he served on the executive team for the City of Grants Pass, OR, where he worked as the Parks and Community Development Director. Earlier, he directed the Community and Economic Development Department for the City of Cottonwood Heights, UT. Michael has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Rogue River Greenway Foundation, the Josephine Parks Foundation and the Oregon City Planning Directors’ Association.“It’s a privilege to be selected to lead this great organization in a community that is so passionate about parks, trails and recreation programs,” stated Michael. “I’m looking forward to getting started with the Parks Commission and Parks staff and I’m eager to tackle the challenges ahead.”

The 2014 Ashland Parks & Recreation Autumn Guide is here! If you haven’t already seen yours in your mailbox it should be arriving any day now. Programs in the autumn guide run September through December. The guide features information on the Bear Creek Salmon Festival, the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, volunteering, the Ashland Senior Center, Oak Knoll Golf Course and much more! Learn more via our online guide at

The 10th Annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival will take place on Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mountain Park in Ashland. The theme for this year’s event is: “Water – Make Every Drop Count for Salmon.”  Watch for information on Bear Creek Watershed Exploration Days set to kick off in early fall with a full calendar of events aimed at raising awareness about the Bear Creek Watershed. Learn more at or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488.6606.

The Ashland Senior Center has a new van for their Day Trips! In September, take a backstage tour of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Costume Department. For more information about the Senior Center and the September Day Trip, visit or call 541.488.5342.

To learn more about Ashland Parks & Rec, visit, call 541.488.5340 or speak with staff directly at our office in upper Lithia Park, 340 S Pioneer St.

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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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