The Medford Parks and Recreation Department 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 original 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.

The Original Bear Creek Park Playground
The Original Bear Creek Park Playground Built in 1987 (Photo Credit: Jim Craven)
Olsrud Family Community Playground
The Newly Built Olsrud Community Playground at Bear Creek Park (Photo Credit: Jim Craven)

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


Olsrud Playground Fence Picket
Fence Pickets at Olsrud Family Community Playground (Photo Credit: Jim Craven)

Each picket you purchase will have a name you designate engraved on it! 

$125 Each

Please Note: Pickets purchased going forward will be ordered in small groups as they are received.  These groups can take between 30-45 day once received to be printed and installed at the Playground.

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Olsrud Playground at Bear Creek Park
Photo Credit: Jim Craven

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Playground Feature Sponsors (as of October 22, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
  • Jacksonville Applegate Rotary Club
  • Ascension Lutheran Church
  • Southern Oregon Pediatric
  • Knife River Materials
  • Lowe’s
  • United Rental
  • Carpenter Foundation
  • Dr. Marlan Morse
  • Oregon Community Fund
  • Darex
  • Umpqua Bank
  • CareStream
  • Rich Todd
  • Kohl’s
  • S&B James Construction
  • PacificCorp Foundation
  • Home Depot
  • Southern Oregon Pediatrics
  • Bennion Orthodontics
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