A new century


    What’s your favorite part of Lithia Park? The duck ponds, the playground, the band shell or Ashland Creek?

    The consultants contracted by the city to prepare a master plan for the park’s next 100 years listened and took note of all those things and more during this “design week,” capped off by two sessions with the design team from MIG of Portland Thursday.

    The week wraps up at 9 a.m. today with a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission’s Lithia Park Master Plan Committee in the Siskiyou Room of the Community Development Building, 51 Winburn Way.

    Despite all that activity, the master plan process is far from complete. In all, MIG will spend 18 months compiling the plan, which will guide the city in preserving and enhancing the century-old park for its second hundred years.

    The consultants stress that they are not looking to redesign the park. That should come as good news to all who love Lithia Park, a spectacular centerpiece for a town the size of Ashland, which is lucky to have it.

    As a side note, attendees at Tuesday’s kick-off meeting heard Parks Director Michael Black announce the department has ordered 30 bear-proof trash cans — something residents had asked for after multiple bear sightings in recent weeks.

    Some residents have been critical of the city’s decision to spend $230,000 on the plan, but that’s not an unreasonable amount to develop a document to guide the park’s management for 100 years. Residents can comment by email at ParksInfo@ashland.or.us.

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