Over the next couple of days, the temperatures are expected to be at or above 100 degrees
Fahrenheit in Southern Oregon. When the air quality improves, or when wearing an N95 mask, the City of Ashland and Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) would like to remind the community of the 18 developed city parks and over 600 acres of open space in Ashland. All of the parks and park land offer shady areas and respite from the extreme heat. View the 18 city parks at AshlandParksandRec.org
In Lithia Park, the Swim Reservoir and the wading area near the children’s playground are both open now. In addition, the Splash Pad at Garfield Park is open seven (7) days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We want to remind the citizens of Ashland that they can find comfort in a shady park, whether it be a developed area with a lawn and picnic table, or a shady trail alongside a creek,” stated APRC Director, Michael A. Black.
Most developed parks have functional water fountains, with the exception of Briscoe and Scenic Park. In addition, during a heat wave the Ashland Police Department will endeavor to have bottled water for any member of the community that needs some – Feel free to approach an Ashland Officer and ask for a bottle of water if you feel the need. The Ashland Fire Department will also have water bottles available outside the station.
Please keep in mind the public health guidelines mandated by the Oregon Health Authority. The City of Ashland and APRC urges everyone to adhere to these guidelines to keep citizens and staff safe. Remember the 3 Ws:
- Wear a mask – Masks are still strongly encouraged in crowded outdoor situations (As of August 13, masks will be mandated indoors)
- Watch your distance from others – Maintain at least six (6) feet
- Wash, wash, wash your hands – Wash hands before heading out and upon return
Learn more about resources
in the community for heat relief.
For information on the City of Ashland and APRC visit ashland.or.us
. Follow on social media @CityofAshland, @AshlandParksandRec and use the hashtags, #CityofAshlandOregon #CityofAshland #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #AshlandWhatToDo #FunItsInOurNature.