On November 2, 2020, APRC broke ground on the Japanese Garden redesign in Lithia Park. Pedestrian traffic on the west side of Winburn, next to the garden, will be rerouted during the construction. Pedestrians will be directed to the east side of Winburn via a new crosswalk and existing trails will be enhanced on the eastside with chips for increased pedestrian-use. The garden will be closed for up to 24 months while under construction. Stay up to date on our Improvement Project page.
View the City Council presentation on October 20, 2020 (presentation begins at 1:01:08).
View the November 2, 2020 site tour video, courtesy 'Ashland Jim.'
View the raw footage from the November 2 tour:
View the amended site plan.
View the tree protection plan.
In 2018 the Ashland Parks Foundation received a $1.3 million gift earmarked to create an authentic Japanese Garden in Lithia Park. Jeff Mangin and the Marechal family of Normandy, France donated the funds in remembrance of Jeff’s wife, Beatrice Marechal, who passed away several years ago.
APRC is working with landscape designer Toru Tanaka to create an authentic Japanese Garden. Tanaka, who is the founder and president of Portland Landscape Design and Japanese Garden Specialty, was trained in Japan and has more than 35 years of experience. He also served as the director of Portland’s Japanese Garden from 1988 to 1991.
Read more about the history of of implementing the Japanese Garden Redesign.
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Visit the APRC at AshlandParksandRec.org or call 541.488.5340 for more information.