City of Medford Garners State Local Government Grant Funds
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018
The State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has awarded the City of Medford $559,117 in Local Government Grant funds to assist with the development of the Olsrud Family Community Playground and Cedar Links Park.
The Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department successfully applied for $490,017 in the highly competitive large-grant award category for Cedar Link Park and $69,100 for the Olsrud playground through the State’s small-grant process.
“Our Department is overjoyed to receive these state grants,” department director Rich Rosenthal said. “The City was successful in leveraging Medford taxpayer resources to reduce the local cost of building these important facilities. These are highly beneficial projects, so it’s a win-win for Medford and the State of Oregon.”
The Cedar Links grant award, which is subject to City Council acceptance, helps the Department complete the second and final development phase of the 5.5-acre neighborhood park along Cedar Links Drive in east Medford. Proceeds pay for the 2019 installation of playgrounds, a restroom, a basketball court, two dedicated pickleball courts, a small dog park, and a community garden.
The funding for the Olsrud Family Community Playground covers ADA-compliant components and accessibility features such as ramps, the accessible racing zip lines, the buddy slide, the bear den and the liberty swing. Playground assembly begins Sept. 29.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has disbursed over $50 million to communities for outdoor recreation projects since 1999. The grants are funded from voter-approved Oregon Lottery proceeds.
The City of Medford has received nearly $2 million in Local Government Grants; U.S. Cellular Community Park, Lone Pine Park, Oregon Hills Park were previous grant-funded projects.
Department staff Bev Power, Tim Stevens and Haley Cox assembled and submitted the grant applications on behalf of the City.