Ashland Parks and Recreation

“Fun, it’s in our Nature!” November 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. 

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will open for the season on Nov 20! This magical, outdoor rink is in Lithia Park on Winburn Way. Mark your calendar for our annual gala, “First Frost,” on Dec 18. Complete info at (Please remember to check the online schedule before heading out to the rink!) 


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. 

We have gone ‘green,’ with MeanGreen Electric Mowers! Recently, we purchased three electric mowers. Our crews are getting acquainted with them and have put them to use in Lithia Park, North Mountain Park and many of our smaller parks. The runtimes are more than sufficient to use the mowers for an entire workday! 


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  


Volunteers are needed to help eradicate damaging, invasive plants from our park land. You can make a difference in restoring our parks and protecting our native plants and animals by lending a hand. Volunteer solo or join a small group and help us remove Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry and more. No experience necessary, and training and tools provided. 


Join in monthly restoration work parties at North Mountain Park from 1-3 pm, on the 1st Thursday of every month (Nov-Mar). Battle invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs and help care for this wonderful park. Tools and friendly training provided. Join our email list for work party updates!

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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