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Parks and Recreation

A special message from your friends at Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission... Black Lives Matter
As so many across the nation unite to fight racism and injustice, Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) affirms our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  We seek to make parks and programs accessible and safe for all, regardless of race or gender, age or abilities, sexual orientation, religion or socioeconomics. ALL are welcome here. 

We encourage you to enjoy the open space and potential for solitude in our hundreds of acres of Ashland public parks and the many miles of trails. Please recreate while respecting others by physically distancing and using face masks when you cannot maintain at least six feet of distance from others. In this stressful time brought on by the corona virus and totally understandable protests against racial injustice, may the natural beauty and tranquility of parks inspire kindness and empathy for fellow park users.

As stated by the National Recreation and Parks Association, “Our communities are visiting our public spaces in record numbers to find the physical and mental health solutions that parks and recreation uniquely provide. We are in the community building business — in the business of creating joy and supporting health and well-being. As we follow our path to recovery, …we are opening our spaces and rebuilding our programs in service of our fundamental belief that everyone deserves a great park.”

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Summer PlayGuide

The 2020 Summer Community PlayGuide... "What to Do!" is available and registration is open for some programs. Learn more and register for a summer program TODAY! 
Looking for Ways to Stay Connected and Recreate in New Ways? Find your space with us! What will it take for you to feel comfortable returning to our facilities? Take our survey for the Senior Services Division. Also, check out our collection of digital resources (virtual recreation!)

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All APRC Facilites will be closed for all business, activities and maintenance on Monday, July 6. This will be the first furlough date and all APRC facilities, including the Oak Knoll Golf Course, the North Mountain Park Nature Center, The Grove, the Garfield Park Spalsh Pad and any other APRC facility will be closed for business. In addition, staff will be off on Friday, July 3 to observe the 4th of July holiday. (Remember, fireworks are prohibited in the City of Ashland.) 

  • Keep 6’ Apart
  • Groups of people are limited to 10 or less (avoid congregating... crowds lead to closures)
  • Facial coverings are required in all public indoor spaces
  • See the full list of guidelines
WHAT'S OPEN in Phase Two... (Before heading out read the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines. Pay close attention to the signage in parks for the latest information on public health guidelines.)
All Parks

The Garfield Park Splash Pad (Open daily 10 a.m - 8 p.m. - Note: The Splash Pad will be closed on Monday, July 6 for an APRC furlough day)
Brick and mortar restrooms are slowly reopening
Picnic Table
Picnic Shelters/Structures
Trails (Some trails are signed as one-way only,
Tennis/Pickleball Courts
Volleyball Courts (restricted to one-on-one or doubles only)
Oak Knoll Golf Course 
or info on Jackson Co. Parks, such as Emigrant Lake, go to

WHAT'S CLOSED in Phase Two...
Basketball Courts (contact sports)
Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool is Closed through the Summer
The Swim Reservoir in Lithia Park 
The Wading Area in Lithia Park (near the children's playground)
All Facilities and Offices (reservations of Indoor or Outdoor Facilities, including picnic areas, are not Allowed)
APRC Sponsored Events Postponed or Canceled (see full list of events)
Special Events on Parks Property are not Allowed 

COVID-19 Guidelines & Resources
Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation 
View Hygiene Stations in Ashland
View current Senior Resources related to COVID-19
Masks and What You Need to Know
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (Tips from Jackson Co. Health & Human Services)
Options for Helping Residents of Ashland ​
Adopt-A-Neighbor Ashland

APRC COVID-19 Press Releases
June 23, 2020 APRC Staff Furloughed One Day Per Month
June 19, 2020 Adopt a Neighbor Ashland Needs More Volunteers!
June 16, 2020 Two Surveys on Comfort Level in Returning to APRC Facilities
June 12, 2020 APRC Opens Playgrounds in Phase Two

May 26, 2020 Ashland 4th of July Run Goes Virtual... Physical Distancing Style
View the COVID-19 News Chronology


APRC manages 18 parks within the City limits, 797 acres of parkland and 48 miles of trails. Learn more about the APRC Parks Division. ​Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, @AshlandParksandRec, and use the hashtags #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #AshlandWhatToDo. ​
  • Apply TODAY... Open application process for the Ashland Senior Advisory Committee (ASAC - Open until filled)​
  • Commission & Committee Public Meetings 

What to Do... 

Frequently Viewed Links...
Community Gardens
Community Resources
Dog Friendly Parks and Areas

GolfIPM (​Integrated Pest Management Policy​)
Lithia Park | APRC Staff

Check out our FUN & INFORMATIVE Videos
View our Video Archives
Photo Tour
Rent a Facility
Community Resources
Ashland Senior Center
Lithia Park
N MT Park Nature Center
Oak Knoll Golf Course
Community Gardens

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink is located at 95 Winburn Way in Lithia Park at the corner of Winburn Way and Nutley St. The rink is open November through February each year. Learn more at 
The Daniel Meyer Pool is located in Hunter Park and open June through September each year. Learn more at 
Registration for APRC programs is underway! Learn more about registering..

The Rec Division offices are located in The Grove at 1195 E Main St in Ashland. The Grove is the place where you can register for a program, get a map or gift certificate, apply for a scholarship, reserve an APRC facility or just stop by to say hello! 


APRC facilities and specified park locations can be rented for private events such as weddings, receptions, meetings, picnics, and family gatherings. Learn more.
The APRC Rec Division offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays) and located in The Grove at 1195 E Main St in Ashland. 


Currently APRC oversees four community gardens - Learn more.


The North Mountain Park Nature Center is a Division of Ashland Parks & Recreation - Learn more.
Know before you splash... we monitor water quality each May through October. Learn more
In addition to programming for all ages and abilities, APRC hosts/promotes the following annual events:

And, look for our seasonal opening celebrations of the Daniel Meyer Pool... Island Night: A Aloha State of Mind (July), and the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink... First Frost. 

The Oak Knoll Golf Course is a Division of Ashland Parks & Recreation - Learn more.
Ashland Parks & Recreation oversees 18 parks/properties that are dog friendly, one of which is a two-acre fenced-in area where dogs can run off leash and socialize with other dogs - Learn more.
The Ashland Senior Center is a Division of Ashland Parks & Recreation - Learn more.

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