Earlier this month, Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC) celebrated renovations to the Japanese Garden in Lithia Park. Thanks to a generous contribution from a citizen, the garden was adorned with a Torii Gate and a restored teahouse. The staff member responsible for the teahouse restoration was APRC employee, Jim Hagemann.
Working from only a picture found online, Jim drew a sketch of the proposed teahouse and then tore down the old one. After APRC staff poured the new foundation, Jim was able to begin construction. He selected durable materials designed to last for years to come. “I wanted to leave a legacy to Ashland Parks and the City of Ashland. I hope the teahouse stays around for a long time,” Jim stated.
Jim is a self-taught carpenter. He began perfecting his carpentry skills as a child by building tree houses. He later went on to build homes for his family and others. Jim has worked for APRC for over 16 years. He is a retired horse-mounted police officer who served in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City.
The three-month teahouse project was completed in October, 2015. Jim said, “This project was very relaxing; it was the most enjoyable project I’ve done to date working for Parks. It was very serene.”
For more information on APRC, please visit www.AshlandParksandRec.org
or call 541.488.5340.