Parks - Golf, Nature Center, Senior services

2023-2025 Biennium Budget


Recreation - The Recreation Division provides recreational and educational opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities including aquatics, health and fitness classes, environmental education programs and lifetime activities. The Division oversees operations of the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool, Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, North Mountain Park Nature Center, Calle Guanajuato, indoor and outdoor facility rentals, and adult, youth and adapted recreation programming. The Division also coordinates and operates special events including the Rogue Valley Bike Swap, Rogue Valley Bird Day, Ashland World Music Festival, , 4th of July Run and the Bear Creek Salmon Festival.

Oak Knoll Golf Course -This Golden Era Samuel Whiting course design has been enjoyed by locals for almost 100 years. The par 36, 9-hole golf course is characterized by sweeping vistas of the surrounding valley mountains and old growth Oak Trees. The Golf Division operates and maintains the nine-hole Oak Knoll Golf Course, which is Southern Oregon’s only municipal golf course.

Senior Services - The Senior Services Division enhances the lives of seniors by promoting healthy aging, well-being, dignity and independence and advocates for the diverse needs of seniors and their families throughout Ashland. Support services, community referrals, and a variety of free or low cost recreational, fitness, social and educational opportunities are offered at Ashland Senior Center and other locations. The Division also hosts the RVCOG Food & Friends senior meal program and many other partners to ensure service access for local seniors.



  • Ashland Senior Center reopened in January, with full offerings back by March and many new activities by the end of the year. A total of 12,521 visits to services/classes were provided in 2022, increasing support and connection for seniors.
  • Daniel Meyer Pool and Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink also fully reopened, nearing pre-pandemic numbers served 8600_, and 15,850_ respectively. In addition, all major events resumed, including record numbers at Ashland World Music Festival, Bear Creek Salmon Festival, Bike Swap, 4th of July Fun Run, and a new Tri 4 Youth adaptive triathlon, hosting a combined total of 4000 people. These gatherings helped rebuild a sense of community after the long pandemic disruption.


Nature Center

  • Special Programs – increase for educational programs offered. Was reduced during pandemic.


  • Food and Related items – currently no concessioner contract for services. Increase for purchases of food and related items.

Senior Services

  • Custodial – increase for Pathways contract janitorial services.