In November, 2017, APRC launched the 18-month Lithia Park Master Plan process. This master
plan will guide the management of the resources, facilities and visitor experiences over the next 100 years, ensuring that Lithia Park continues to shine as Ashland’s jewel. APRC’s selected team of consultants is led by the Portland office of MIG, Inc. and includes local landscape architect KenCairn Associates, among other team members.
Project Manager Laurie Matthews, a specialist in historic public parks, noted, "Lithia Park's spirit of place is palpable and evident to anyone who walks through or sits under its canopy of trees alongside the banks of Ashland Creek. Our team is honored to be helping the community envision what the next 100 years will look like. To that end, we are not focused on proposing major new changes but enhancing what resonates and changing things that will benefit the character and health of the park.”
The master plan process includes several phases. The “Strategic Analysis of Lithia Park” phase began in December 2017 and will continue through April 2018, setting a foundation for the master plan. During “Design Week
,” centered on June 12-15, 2018, the Master Plan team will develop concepts and alternatives in an open studio at the Ashland Community Center. The “Master Plan Development and Refinement” phase will begin in late summer and continue through plan adoption by the APRC, anticipated in early 2019.