Medford Park Development Projects Underway
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018
The Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is coordinating over $2 million in renovations or development of three neighborhood parks this summer.
Rehabilitation and expansion is underway at Kennedy Park, while development of Cedar Links Park in east Medford and Village Center Park in the southeast area will be in high gear in July.
“It’s very unusual for our Department to have three simultaneous large-scale park projects,” Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department Director Rich Rosenthal said, “but these very important park projects have been on the to-do list for many years. We’re excited to see these projects come to fruition after many years of planning processes and preparation.”
Kennedy Park, located along Springbrook Road adjacent to Kennedy Elementary School in northeast Medford, is receiving $854,197 in upgrades, including a 35-stall parking area, path repairs and lighting, a large multi-use lawn area, park furniture, a small playground, a drinking fountain, and a picnic shelter.
Much of the 8.4-acre site is gated off and will be closed to users all summer through September until Roxy Ann Rock construction crews are finished with the project. A safe path through the park to the school will be provided for children if the project is not completed prior to the start of the school year.
Meanwhile, site work is ramping up at Cedar Links Park, located along Cedar Links Drive on 5.5 acres that previously comprised portions of the eighth and ninth holes at the former Cedar Links Golf Course.
The City is working with the developers of the Cedar Landing planned unit development to pave Longstone Drive that will serve as the park entrance. In the meantime, park maintenance crews are installing irrigation, grading and installing pathways as part of the first of two construction phases.
The City applied for a State of Oregon Local Government Grant in the amount of $491,000 for Cedar Links Park Phase 2, planned for 2019, which includes playgrounds, a restroom, a basketball court, two dedicated pickleball courts, a small dog park, and a community garden.
On June 21, the Medford City Council approved a $752,424 contract with Roxy Ann Rock for construction of the eagerly anticipated Village Center Park, located along Lone Oak Drive between Shamrock and Michael Park Drive in the heart of the Summerfield development. The 3.2-acre park will serve 382 existing households in Medford’s fastest growing area.
In the coming months, the barren property will be transformed into an oasis of traditional park features, including a large lawn surrounded by pathways, two small playgrounds, a restroom, a basketball court, two dedicated pickleball courts, and park furniture.
The Village Center parkland was donated to the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation by the Crystal Springs Development Group in 2016, and the parkland was conveyed to the City last month following completion of street infrastructure. The park will serve as a hub for a future southeast area trail stretching from North Phoenix Road to Chrissy Park and beyond.
The projects support the City’s longtime goals of having a park within a half-mile radius of each Medford residence, and maintaining the vibrancy of existing parks.