Jim Lewis

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Jim LewisJim Lewis has served on the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission since January 2001. He began his park volunteer career in the early 1990's when he participated in a Railroad District neighborhood effort to secure a park on A Street. While this might have been his first experience in the world of Ashland parks, he wasn’t new to serving on City commissions. In 1986 he was appointed to the Ashland Historic Commission where he remained for 13 years. As a Parks and Recreation Commissioner he became interested in Ashland history and the importance of parks. While studying local history, including articles about the Chautauqua gathering, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community-wide effort to establish Lithia Park in 1908, he learned why the Ashland parks system is an integral part of the City. Jim’s 30 years as a construction contractor, his time on the Historic Commission, his understanding of land use, development and budget matters, and his interest in how city governments operate prepared him for his role as a Parks Commissioner. He revels in being proactive in dealing with City issues. “Years ago I realized that an individual citizen in a small town has the ability to make a difference. I urge all citizens to get involved. My 29 years as an Ashland commissioner have helped me to understand that Ashland is one of finest places to live and raise a family.”

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