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OLSRUD FAMILY COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND AT BEAR CREEK PARK

The Medford Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with JWA Public Affairs, the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation, the Medford School District, and playground manufacturer Leathers, Inc. to help replace the well-loved playground at Bear Creek Park.

Rejuvenating the 30-year-old wooden fort-like structure along Siskiyou Boulevard with a similar style using modern materials was identified by the Department and the Medford Parks and Recreation Commission as a high-priority capital improvement project for the 2017-19 funding cycle.

The playground was installed in 1987 following an extensive fundraising campaign and an all-volunteer construction effort consisting of hundreds of donors and volunteers spearheaded by the Kiwanis Club of Medford, the Family Connection, Inc., and the City.

Help us make the new Bear Creek Park playground the best it can be!

There are several ways you can get involved with this project:

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AND TALENTS

This project will need over 3,000 volunteers in a variety of positions which can include craftsman, general labor, meals and child service.  Let us know how you would like to take part by visiting our volunteer information page:

 

MAKE A FINANCIAL TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION

This project in meant to be a community financially supported project, so an opportunity has been developed to get your name or your company’s name on the park for years to come.  Whether you can afford to donate a little or a lot financially, there’s a giving opportunity designed just for you!

  • Sponsor a Play Feature of the Playground  ($1,000 – $50,000) call for availability
    • download Play Feature Sponsor Brochure and Map here
  • Buy a Fence Picket with your name on it online or download paper form ($100)
  • Make a Contribution using our GOFUNDME page ($1 – $50,000)
  • Make a Contribution using our KICKSTARTER page ($1 – $10,000) complete
  • Make a Contribution using our PAYPAL account (in any amount)

 

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

Special thanks to Rogue Credit Union for sponsoring the Design Day Celebration on Oct. The schematic design (see link above) unveiled on Oct. 26 was developed by Leathers & Associates as a result of feedback from hundreds and kids and parents.

The designers heard and saw consistent themes from the children. Kids like the existing playground maze-like castle design, and they want adventurous amenities like zip lines, climbing elements and trampolines. Meanwhile, parents want to retain the unique charm of the existing playground but with attention to clear sight lines and with better accessibility.

The proposed schematic represents a playground square-footage increase from approximately 9,500 to 14,000 containing exciting elements that address the children’s desires, including a spider bouncer trampoline, a down-and-back zip line, a wiggly rock wall, rope climbs, ladders, tunnels and much more. The elevated structures are very much in keeping with the existing playground design and function, but with modern materials and flairs.

The next steps in the process are:

  • Fundraising toward a $610,000 goal by mid-summer 2018!!
  • Obtaining hundreds of volunteers and in-kind donations for potential playground construction in October.

Project Contacts

Media Coverage

Playground Feature Sponsors (as of August 9, 2018)

  • The Sherm & Wanda Olsrud Family
  • Rogue Credit Union
  • Al & Sally Densmore
  • Rich & Jackson Rosenthal
  • Coquille Indian Tribe
  • Jim & Lindsay Berryman
  • Lithia 4 Kids
  • Frisk Family Trust
  • RH2 Engineering
  • KOGAP
  • Rogue Disposal & Recycling
  • Bob & Phyllis Strosser
  • Gary & Annette Shaffer
  • Blum Family Foundation
  • Medford Kiwanis Club
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • The Bunn Family
  • Medford Rotary Club
  • Medford Rogue Rotary Club
  • Bear Creek Valley Rotary Club
  • Upper Rogue Rotary Club
  • After 5 Rotary Club
  • People’s Bank
  • Asante Foundation
  • John & Nora Darby Heart Fund
  • Rogue Disposal
  • Medford Education Association
  • Bob & Janda Ames
  • Umpqua Dairy
  • John & Cathy Watt
  • Avista Foundation
  • Betty F. Root
  • The Shaffer Family
  • Pacific Power Foundation