|The existing Bear Creek Park playground.|
The Medford Parks and Recreation Department is teaming 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! Get involved:
Special thanks to Rogue Credit Union for sponsoring the Design Day Celebration on Oct. 26!
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:
- Further refinement and staff analysis of the schematic.
- Parks and Recreation Commission approval of the final schematic.
- Cost scoping and coordination of fundraising and community outreach efforts.