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Medford Sports and Events Complex Initiative

Proposed Medford Sports and Events Complex at HMSP
Proposed Aquatics and Event Center Concept

On Sept. 12, 2019, the Medford City Council received a Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department staff report outlining indoor recreation facility concepts that best address current indoor recreation facility space deficiencies and future needs based on level-of-service standards adopted in the City's Leisure Services and Comprehensive Plans.

Medford's proposal is for a Sports and Events Complex at the Howard Memorial Sports Park. This indoor complex will contain indoor recreational and competitive pools and a multi-purpose events center. By combining aquatics and the events center into a single facility, the City reduces both development and operational costs through the sharing of spaces.

Information Provided to City Council to Date: 

What's Next?
Mayor and Council directed staff to continue work on the full scope Sports and Events Complex concept at the Howard Memorial Sports Park location and to bring forward financing mechanisms for formal Council consideration.

The City proposes an innovative and fair method of financing the complex that does not involve property taxes. The recommended funding mechanisms to build the facility are:

  • A two percent increase to the Transient Lodging Tax (TLT, also known as the hotel-motel tax);
  • Making the current airport Rental Car Tax to apply to commercial locations citywide;
  • A $2.40/month increase to the Park Utility Fee;
  • Early repayment of a U.S. Cellular Community Park debt service bond to free up $1.6 million per year in existing City financing.

On Jan. 2, 2020, the City Council referred the following measures to voters for the May 19, 2020 primary election ballot:

  • Measure 15-187: Amends City Charter to allow the City to collect Transient Lodging Tax from lodging intermediaries (such as Airbnb and VRBO) in addition to hotel/motel owners and operators.
  • Measure 15-188: Amends City Charter to change the Transient Lodging Tax from 9 to 11 percent.

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Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department Contacts

701 N. Columbus Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2400
Fax: (541) 774-2560
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5p.m.

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