Commissioner's Bios

The Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC) is overseen by five elected Commissioners. Currently, Position Number 3 is vacated. The application process to fill this seat will begin in early February 2022. 

Rick Landt Rick Landt is currently serving his third term as a Commissioner, and he is the current Chair. "Ashland parks, the crown jewels of our City, have been shepherded through the years by men and women of vision,” expressed Landt. Rick strives to support and further this work and to ensure cost-effective protection and enhancement of the natural environment. He takes an interest in finding ways to design and maintain parkland in a manner that minimizes long-term costs. “In 40 to 50 years, cumulative maintenance overhead of most City parks will exceed purchase and construction expenses. It is imperative that we carefully design and maintain our parks to minimize long-term costs.” Rick’s background in environmental planning and permaculture design provides a unique perspective for the Commission. He enjoys listening to and discussing issues of the day with Parks staff, his fellow Commissioners and members of the public who speak during meetings or simply approach him on the street. Rick's current term ends December 31, 2022.  Email Rick 

Rick also represents the Commission on the following Boards/Committees: 
  • Long Range Park Planning Subcommittee

Jim LewisJim Lewis has served continuously on the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission since January 2001 and he is currently Co-Chair. He began his park volunteer career in the early 1990s when he participated in a Railroad District neighborhood effort to secure a park on A Street. While this might have been his first experience in the world of Ashland parks, he wasn’t new to serving on City commissions. In 1986 he was appointed to the Ashland Historic Commission where he remained for 13 years. As a Parks and Recreation Commissioner he became interested in Ashland history and the importance of parks. While studying local history, including articles about the Chautauqua gathering, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community-wide effort to establish Lithia Park in 1908, he learned why the Ashland parks system is an integral part of the City. Jim’s 30 years as a construction contractor, his time on the Historic Commission, his understanding of land use, development and budget matters, and his interest in how city governments operate prepared him for his role as a Parks Commissioner. He revels in being proactive in dealing with City issues. “Years ago I realized that an individual citizen in a small town has the ability to make a difference. I urge all citizens to get involved. My 30+ years as an Ashland commissioner have helped me to understand that Ashland is one of finest places to live and raise a family.” Jim's current term ends December 31, 2024. Email Jim

Jim also represents the Commission on the following Boards/Committees: 

  • Current Park, Conservation and Maintenance Subcommittee
  • Golf Course Subcommittee 
  • Recreation Division Advisory Committee


Commissioner Julian Bell Julian Bell  was elected to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission in November 2018.  Email Julian

Julian also represents the Commission on the following Boards/Committees: 

  • Current Park, Conservation and Maintenance Subcommittee
  • Golf Course Subcommittee

Leslie EldridgeLeslie Eldridge lives in Ashland with her two sons, Chase and Spencer, and husband, Nathan. She teaches Environmental Science and Policy at Southern Oregon University, and serves on the Sustainability Committee, University Studies Committee and Tuition Advisory Council for the University. She also volunteers for the Mt Ashland Environment and Sustainability Committee and coaches kids' mountain biking with Ashland Devo.  
Previously, Leslie worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in many capacities, including a professional mariner, resource protection specialist and public meeting facilitator. She also spent a year in Washington DC, working as a staffer in the US Senate. Email Leslie
Leslie represents APRC on the following Boards/Committees: 
  • Bee City USA Ashland
  • Forest Lands Commission
  • Recreation Advisory Commission (voting member)

Jim Bachman

Jim Bachman lives in Ashland with his wife, Jackie. He has a background in accounting, finance and public education, most recently serving on the Ashland Citizens’ Budget Committee during the last two budget cycles. He is strongly committed to creating and managing outdoor public spaces, particularly green ones, and has been enjoying Ashland’s Crown Jewel, Lithia Park, since 1969 during his high school days in Yreka. Jim spends as much time outdoors as possible, hiking Ashland’s trail system and tending his vegetable plot at the Ashland Creek Park Community Garden. 

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