Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC) is beginning an 18-month planning process to develop a guiding management plan for Lithia Park, Ashland’s jewel.
APRC is pleased to announce the launch of the Lithia Park Master Plan. 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, led by the Portland office of MIG, Inc.
and including local landscape architect KenCairn Associates
, among other team members, is kicking off their initial field work on December 6 and 7. They will be evaluating the condition of Lithia Park currently, setting a foundation for the master plan and the future of Lithia Park.
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.”
If you would like to meet the consultants, stop by the Lithia Park Listening Post between 4 and 5:30 p.m. on December 6, in the Siskiyou Room, Ashland Public Works Department, 51 Winburn Way. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have initial thoughts to share. Throughout 2018, there will be many opportunities for public participation, including online opportunities launching in late winter and an interactive Design Week planned for late spring.
Keep current on the APRC website AshlandParksandRec.org
, and look for hashtags #lithiaparkmasterplan, #lithiaparknext100years and #lithiapark in social media – Facebook.com/AshlandParksandRec
. (Look for APRC on Instagram in the upcoming weeks.)