Village Center Park
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Village Center Park Playground

Village Center Park is a 3.2-acre neighborhood park along Lone Oak Drive between Shamrock and Michael Park Drive in the southeast area. The City Council approved a $752,424 construction contract with Roxy Ann Rock, Inc. on June 21, 2018, and park development begins in July 2018 with an estimated completion date of Fall 2019.

Park features include a playground, picnic shelter, basketball half-court, walking paths, and a restroom. Two dedicated pickleball courts are also planned as a result of a modification to the master plan submitted by the Parks and Recreation Director….

Olsrud Playground at Bear Creek Park
Olsrud Family Community Playground
Photo Credits: Jim Craven

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…

Prescott Park
Rogue Valley Landscape
A panoramic view of the Rogue River Valley From Roxy Anne

Prescott Park is located adjacent to the eastern boundary of the City of Medford on Roxy Ann Peak. The peak, with an elevation of 3,571 feet, is a dominating geographic feature that stands well over 2000 feet above the valley floor and the City of Medford. A panoramic view of the Rogue River Valley and surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from its heights. The Medford Lion’s Club began the acquisition of park land in 1929 with the purchase of 200 acres, which was donated to the City of Medford in 1930. The City acquired the rest of the 1,740 acres from the U.S. Government by 1933 with the stipulation that it be used for recreational purposes only…

Neighborhood Parks

Want to make improvements to your neighborhood park?

This initiative allows for groups to partner with the Foundation to raise funds for such items as; play equipment, picnic shelters, memorial benches and other items that are listed within the Leisure Services Plan for the City of Medford. Any one or group that is interested in partnering with the Foundation and City on such improvements may contact Foundation members at: [email protected]

Play Every Day Scholarships

Photo Credits: Jim Craven
opportunities for youth to attend recreational and enrichment programs


Established in 2006, the Play Every Day Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for youth to attend recreational and enrichment programs offered by the Medford Parks & Recreation Department. Since its inception, this fund has provided over $200,000 in scholarship support for such programs as; day camps, swimming lessons and youth sports programming.  Approximately 75 Medford families are assisted with the funding annually.


Funds are secured through individual donations and the Parks Uncorked event.

“As a single mother of three young kids, I don’t know what I would have done without the summer day camp scholarship. Thank you, Medford Parks and Recreation!” – Amber B.

“This has been a really terrible year for [our family] … We’re so grateful for everything [Parks and Recreation staff] do for [our kids] and for making it possible for them to continue participating in preschool and day camp.” – Michelle M.

2012 – Santo Play Structure

Playground at Santo Community Center
Photo Credits: Jim Craven
Playground at the Santo Community Center

The installation of a new play structure at the Santo Community Center was completed just prior to summer activities beginning in May 2012. This new play structure was the result of private foundations and the Medford Kiwanis Club joining forces with the Foundation to create this new recreational space.

2009 – Larson Creek Greenway

Photo Credits: Jim Craven
Future pedestrian path from Bear Creek Greenway to SE Area Plan & beyond

The Foundation received another land donation from Mike and Mary Mahar along the Larson Creek Greenway which will serve as a future pedestrian path from the Bear Creek Greenway to the SE Area Plan and beyond.

2008 – Summerfield Park

Summerfield Park Playground
Photo Credits: Jim Craven
1.8 Acre Park in the SE Area Plan

The Foundation played a large role in the development of this 1.8 acre park within the SE Area Plan. Through the donation of land by Mike and Lou Mahar, the Foundation was able to coordinate the first developer built park in the Medford park system. This partnership saved the City nearly $800,000 in land and development costs.

2007 – Tennis Court Expansion

Tennis courts in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park
Tennis courts in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park
Photo Credits: Jim Craven
Four new tennis courts with lights in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park

Through the generous efforts of the Tennis in the Park committee, over $280,000 was raised in order to build four new tennis courts with lights in Fichtner-Mainwaring Park. These courts have helped grow the sport of tennis in west Medford and have provided space for tennis lessons offered to both youth and adults.

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