Ashland, Oregon parks break up its urban spaces and allow us to interact with nature on a daily basis. One can hardly travel a few blocks without being lured into the grass of another beautiful Ashland park.
While Lithia Park is undoubtedly the crown jewel of Ashland’s green spaces, the following are three of the most activity-oriented parks in Ashland. Perfect places to enjoy on a warm summer afternoon (or any time really).
Ashland, Oregon Parks
There are few things you can’t do at Garfield Park. You may end up packing your entire garage.
It has nearly three acres of lush, open field. It’s frequently used by Ultimate Frisbee teams for this reason. There’s plenty of shaded space to relax, under trees and in the picnic areas, and it’s even outfitted with a unique “zero-depth waterplay facility”. Translated, this means your kids can horse around under the massive, Dr. Seuss-like implements while staying completely safe!
Additionally, there are:
- Two full-sized beach volleyball courts
- A full-sized basketball court
- A wood-chipped playground
- and a dog-friendly atmosphere!
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who couldn’t have a pleasant time here.
Nature lovers will adore this park. The trails here pass through a lively riparian corridor along Bear Creek and a restored wetland habitat. Follow the trail up the hill to get an expansive view of the Siskiyou Mountains and Ashland Hills. (Pro tip: This is a great place to watch the sunset.)
Dogs are only allowed on the hill, called Rocky Top, and leashes are required. Be cautious of this, as you could be fined!
Other amenities include:
- The North Mountain Park Nature Center (Open Mon-Fri)
- An educational garden full of native plant life
- A wood-chipped playground
- 2 Baseball fields, 2 Softball fields, and 3 Soccer fields
- A covered picnic area
One of Ashland’s many subcultures is not one you might expect. In Ashland, Frisbee Golf, or “Frolf”, is a coveted pastime for SOU students and locals and has a thriving community.
Roca Park is a 9-Hole course established by the SOU Disc Golf Club and is open to the public! If Frolfing for the first time sounds intimidating, know that Roca Park has a reputation for being beginner-friendly. It has real disc golf baskets to aim at and well maintained “fairways”.
However, if you end up losing all your discs, then head to the adjacent wooded glen (toward Roca St.) known as Roca Canyon. This is a little known destination for local bird watchers and is especially recommended during spring migration.
Are You Ready To Explore Ashland, Oregon’s Parks?
Now is a fantastic time to explore all the open green spaces Ashland has to offer. So if you’re in need of a place to kick back or engage in a little competitive sport, we recommend checking out these lovely Ashland, Oregon parks.
What is your favorite Ashland, Oregon Park? Let us know in the comments!
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