Ashland Parks and Recreation

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

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

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The Rogue Valley Bike Swap will take on a different form this year. We are collaborating with the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) to facilitate a bike donation drive. Donated bikes will be distributed to local organizations with the aim of getting bikes in the hands of those affected by the Almeda Fire, veterans and low-income community members. If you have a bike that you are able to donate, we will be accepting donations on June 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., and June 19, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Donations will be accepted in a drive-through format at these times at the parking lot of The Grove, 1195 E Main St, Ashland. Bikes should be in working order, those in need of minor repairs are welcome. If you have a question, reach out to Sulaiman Shelton, 541.552.2264, 

Are you looking for activities for the kids this summer? Check out Parks and Rec opportunities, such as rec classes, including swim lessons at the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool, or fun outdoor opportunities to volunteer or simply hang out in one of our parks… The splash pad in Garfield Park will open for the summer season on Memorial Weekend. More at 

Has the pandemic left you feeling disconnected? You can experience the outdoors and reconnect by taking part in socially distanced work parties at North Mountain Park! On Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, join the gardening team. On Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., join the restoration team. For more info on North Mountain Park and other volunteer opps, contact our Volunteer & Event Coordinator, Sulaiman Shelton,, 541.552.2264 or 541.499.8798. Volunteer with us, “It’s the Natural thing to Do!” 

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 

Save the date for Memorial Weekend as we kick off the annual Ashland World Music Festival. The 2021 Festival will be a hybrid event with many layers and opportunities for music, culture and art. The event is also a fundraiser for the Unete Farm Worker and Immigrant Family Relief Fund. This fund distributes money directly to families for basic needs like food, gas and other essentials in response to the complications surrounding the recent Almeda Fire. More info at our partner website, 

Remember, the Oak Knoll Golf Course is open and ready for your business! Stop in for a round of golf. More at 

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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