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Ashland Parks and Recreation Opens Playgrounds in Phase Two

In accordance with Governor Brown’s phased reopening plan, and Jackson County’s approval to Photo Courtesy Bob Palerminienter Phase Two of that plan, Ashland Parks and Recreation has begun the process of reopening playgrounds and resuming limited sports practices for non-contact sports, such as softball. (All practices must be granted approval by Ashland Parks and Recreation.)

Ashland Parks and Recreation is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the guidelines put forth by the Governor and the Oregon Health Authority. Please pay close attention to the signage in parks for the latest information on public health guidelines. At this time, all Ashland Parks and Recreation offices will remain closed.

As a reminder, the following parks and amenities reopened to the public on May 14, 2020:
  • Community Skate Park located on Water Street, next to the recycling center
  • The Dog Park located at 950 Perozzi St, adjacent to W Nevada St
  • BMX Park located at 910 Perozzi St, near The Dog Park
  • Sports courts (for non-contact sports):
    • Tennis courts
      • Lithia Park on Winburn Way
      • Hunter Park on Hunter Ct adjacent to Homes Ave
    • Pickleball courts
      • Lithia Park on Winburn Way
      • Helmen Elementary School on Helman St
    • Volleyball courts (restricted to one-on-one or doubles only)
      • Garfield Park on East Main and California St
      • Lithia Park on Winburn Way
    • Bocce Ball in Sherwood Park, located on Sherwood Ave adjacent to Ashland St
The Oak Knoll Golf Course was reopened on May 1 and is following strict public health guidelines for the safety of patrons and staff. The Golf Course Clubhouse will reopen following all restrictions outlined in for retail and restaurant requirements.

The following amenities will remain closed in Phase Two:
  • Basketball Sport Courts (contact sports)
  • Picnic Shelters and Structures
The governor has outlined guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation during the Phased reopening period. We encourage you to visit our website to review these guidelines, AshlandParksandRec.org. Some of the guidelines include:
  • Physical distancing by maintaining six (6) feet between you and others
  • Group size limitations of ten (10) people or less in parks
  • Bring a facial covering to cover your nose and mouth
  • Visit less crowded areas
  • Visit during off-peak times
  • Have a back-up plan
Remember, crowds lead to closures. It is important to protect the health and safety of all in our community. Ashland Parks and Recreation looks forward to welcoming our citizens back into our park spaces and recreational facilities as guidelines allow.
For information on Ashland Parks and Recreation, visit AshlandParksandRec.org, call 541.488.5340 or email ParksInfo@ashland.or.us.  The 2020 Summer Community PlayGuide will be available online in mid-June. Also, please take a few moments to complete the Find Your Space Survey, or/and the Survey on Reopening Senior Programs.  Both will help determine how to best keep patrons safe and comfortable in returning to Ashland Parks and Recreation facilities. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @AshlandParksandRec and use the hashtags #InThisTogether #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #AshlandWhatToDo #FunItsInOurNature #APRCstayConnected #FindYourSpace.

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