As we all well know, Fall in Ashland, Oregon is a spectacular scene to behold. Our beautiful little community nestled in the hills features some of the most picturesque parks around, with Lithia Park in particular being our shining gem. Add to this the fiery oranges, yellows and reds of Fall time, and you have some breathtaking sights indeed. One way Ashland’s Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) ensures our parks’ beauty is maintained is with help from the community through their “Adopt-a-Park Program.”
APRC formed this program due to the vast amount of local land requiring general maintenance; It manages 17 parks, 48 miles of trails, a golf course, multiple open spaces and numerous recreational facilities. The organization looks to Ashland individuals, neighborhood groups and businesses to help. Cue our amazing team here at Standing Stone Brewing Company (SSBC)!
SSBC adopted a small park called Calle Guanajuato about three years ago. Located next to Ashland Creek and behind the shops on the Plaza, this particular park is open from dawn until dusk and is dog friendly. Although small, it still sees a lot of foot traffic due to its location downtown and, as such, trash and debris tend to accumulate regularly. On a quartely basis, SSBC “rallies the troops” for a day of weeding, trash collection and overall grooming of the area.
APRC provides training as well as all of the necessary tools to get the job done. Not only does our beautiful city benefit from this volunteer work, but our team also walks with away with a sense of pride, comaraderie and accomplishment; a win-win for all!
With the Fall clean-up now behind us, SSBC will once again converge on the Calle this winter. Until then, if you happen to see trash or clutter, do us all a favor and collect it!
For more information on how to adopt a local park, contact Ashland Parks & Recreation Volunteer & Event Coordinator Lori Ainsworth at 541.552.2264 or by email.