In the hub of downtown sits Lithia Park, Ashland's crown jewel. Lithia is a 100-acre vista of emerald lawns, pickleball courts, a sand-pit volleyball court, the Swim Reservoir at the south end of the park, picnic areas, colorful landscaping and playground. Learn about the history of Lithia Park.
In 2016, local author, John Enders, wrote a book entitled, Lithia Park: The Heart & Soul of Ashland. Johh's book may be purchased locally at Bloomsbury Books or the Paddington in Ashland.
In 2013, two century-old landmarks in Lithia Park were restored and celebrated - Learn more. Read about the history of Lithia Park and take a tour of historical Lithia Park.
In 2014, Lithia Park was designated as one of the top ten Great American Spaces by the American Planning Association.
The park follows Ashland Creek (Know Before You Splash!) through undeveloped woodlands, and also includes a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, groves of sycamore trees and a number of secluded spots. Discover the plants and trees of Lithia Park with our Lithia Park Trail Guide. Learn more about our guided nature walks through the park during the summer months.
Butler-Perozzi Fountain in Lithia Park
You can contribute to the restoration of the fountain by making a donation to the Ashland Parks Foundation, ashlandparksfoundation.com.
The Japanese Garden in Lithia Park has been adopted by Richard Anderson and Alison Date. The upper part of Lithia Park has been adopted by Jovick Construction, and the middle part of Lithia Park has been adopted by Market of Choice and the lower part of Lithia Park has been adopted by the Neuman Hotel Group. All adoptees volunteer through the Adopt-a-Park Program.
All dogs, except for ADA compliant service dogs, are not allowed in Lithia Park and dog owners risk being fined $115. View our Lithia Park Dog Routes (around the park).