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The following 19 goals are the priority goals for the 2019-21 biennium (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021).
Moving forward from 2018
- Update Trails and Open Space Comp Plans and continue to purchase land according to the plans
- Develop parks development standards and guidelines
- Implement/attain easement and purchase agreements on Ashland Pond property and through the few remaining private properties
- Design and begin building new East Main Street neighborhood park, including the top priority of the second Ashland dog park
- Improve public aquatic recreation and competitive options in Ashland consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Pool Ad Hoc Committee and ensure the continuous operation of an adequate recreational pool in Ashland during the summer months, at a minimum until construction begins on a new pool
- Work collaboratively with Ashland School District to keep Lincoln School playground and fields open to the public.
- Work with volunteers to explore costs and locations for a pump track and a mountain bike skills park
- Explore suitable locations and build a pickle ball facility within the APRC system, including the Oak Knoll Golf Course, and implement the installation of up to eight new pickleball courts with consideration for lighting and fencing
- Install basketball court at Ashland Creek Park in the graveled area with striping for multiple uses, including pickleball
- Explore fire vulnerability on all APRC lands and if discovered there is a large volume of different mitigation work – Explore a bond for fire suppression
- Explore the feasibility and community support of a low-angle trail on the east side of Lithia Park (kid-friendly)
- Work with the Ashland School District to get agreements to use school gyms for recreation leagues or open play for volleyball, basketball and pickleball during non-school times and during smoke events
- Explore the need for and feasibility of centralized recreation center with the following potential uses for the Center: Covered Field house big enough for full court basketball/indoor soccer that would be multi-purpose to include at least pickleball and bike polo; Maintenance yard; Skateboard Park: Bike Skills Park; Dog Park; Aquatic Center
- Create a small pocket-neighborhood playground/park in the vicinity of Oak Knoll Club House
- Explore and implement, as funds allow, capital improvements that would reduce long term maintenance costs with a goal for the improvements to pay for themselves
- Build Mace Property trail – Connect Oak Street to North Mountain
- Continue to be part of the solution for realizing an Authentic Japanese Garden in Lithia Park and securing a large donation to accommodate the building and long-term maintenance of the garden
- Perform a system wide master plan for APRC and determine the need for an increased SDC fee
- Complete the Lithia Park Master Planning process and promptly consider and act upon the recommendations where appropriate.
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Visit the Ashland Parks & Recreation home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information.