Following a mutually beneficial relationship of more than three decades, the Ashland Family YMCA and Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) will conclude their 31-year partnership at the YMCA Park. The 6.56-acre park property will be deeded back to the YMCA for a fee. Youth programs will continue at that location through the coordinated efforts of the Y.
The YMCA / APRC partnership began in 1986 when the YMCA land was deeded to APRC at no cost. In return, APRC built and maintained the park at no cost to the Y. For 31 years, Ashland Family YMCA implemented a successful youth soccer program along with many other programs and services benefiting thousands of Ashland youth and families. Eventually it became clear that the park was disproportionately reserved for YMCA’s use for their expanded programming, limiting “free play” time for others.
The value of the APRC / YMCA partnership over the years is immeasurable. It is clear that the collaboration provided Ashland citizens with a benefit neither organization could offer alone.
APRC will use funds from the upcoming land transfer to build a new facility in the immediate area. The new neighborhood park will include picnic areas, restrooms and other publicly available amenities.
APRC wishes all the best for Ashland Family YMCA and looks forward to constructing a new neighborhood public park in the same vicinity.
For more information on APRC visit AshlandParksandRec.org
or call 541.488.5340.