On Monday, May 1, 2023, the Parks & Open Space Map Update Subcommittee recommended removing over 200 acres of property designated for purchase per the City’s currently approved Parks, Trails & Open Space Map/Plan. The list of properties recommended for removal from the Plan include most of the Billings Ranch, the Provost Property off Crowson Rd near the Oak Knoll Golf Course and Reynolds Farm on Helman St.
According to APRC Commissioner Chair and Subcommittee member, Rick Landt, “The current situation with Ashland’s parkland is very different than in 1991 when the comprehensive Plan was first developed and approved by City Council. In 1991, Ashland had less parkland per capita than Roseburg, Medford and Klamath Falls. Now, after 30-plus years of effort supported by the City’s meal tax, Ashland’s per capita parkland ranks it among the State’s leaders. Thus, I believe APRC’s focus should emphasize maintaining and rehabilitating existing property and structures. Removing land from the Plan that is no longer needed is consistent with that approach.”
APRC Commissioner and Subcommittee member, Leslie Eldridge, added that, “Strategic parcels with high conservation, wildfire safety and/or recreation values remain on the Plan.”
The Subcommittee’s recommendation will be presented and discussed at the APRC Study Session on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held electronically, and the public is invited to attend. Register online or visit ashlandparksandrec.org.