APRC WinterSpring 2019 PlayGuide | 541.488.5340 | The Grove at 1195 E Main St, Ashland director’s message Japanese Garden Design Evaluation SOUTHERN Oregon Your Guide to Family Friendly Events, Kids Activities, Give-Aways and More! FOLLOW US SouthernOregonFamily.com Over 160 Vendors 1670 Ashland St., Ashland (across from Wendy’s) 541-708-0577 Mon. - Fri. 11-6 Sat. 11-5 • Sun. 11-5 A premier collective marketplace local goods from local people Accepting quality furniture at the lowest consignment rates in town! Call us! Cover photo courtesy APRC Volunteer, Bob Palermini Opening soon SNYP Low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for dogs & cats 111 N. Pacific Hwy. Talent, OR 541-858-3325 | Updates at SpayNeuter.org We are excited to let you know that we are working with the Ashland Parks Foundation (APF) to evaluate a redesign of the Japanese Style Garden in Lithia Park. A very generous $1.3 million private grant from Jeff Mangin and the Marechal family, in honor of the late Beatrice Marechal, will fund this project. The current Japanese Style garden was evaluated during the Lithia Park Master Plan Process. Amidst Design Week for the Master Plan in June 2018, it was determined that the garden could potentially be redesigned and even expanded without negatively affecting the adjoining park spaces. We have selected landscape designer Toru Tanaka to lead the visioning and design of the Japanese Garden. Tanaka was trained in Japan and was the Director of Portland’s Japanese Garden. In August, 2018, two public information/workshops were held to engage the public about the Japanese Garden redesign. Feedback from the public meetings resulted in the following objectives: Accessibility and Physical Area Garden Design and Experience Culture and Authenticity The garden design incorporates community feedback while preserving historic elements and will only slightly expand the current garden area. A new entryway will consist of a solid wall with Japanese styled tiles and an authentic Japanese entryway. The current stream would be widened, and stone lanterns will be placed throughout the garden. Other features include a koi pond, bamboo garden and many cherry trees. To learn more and provide comments, please visit ashland.or.us/JapaneseGardenDesign. Watch for periodic updates on Facebook @AshlandParksandRec and use the hashtags: #LithiaParkJapaneseGarden #LithiaPark #JapaneseGardenDesign Michael A. Black, AICP Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission Director