Parks commission meets Monday

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission will convene for the first time Monday night after three commissioners retained their seats in a recall election Tuesday.
A trail master plan update, plans for an Ashland Pond sign and recommendations for reorganization of the Senior Program are on the agenda for the study session.
APRC formed a committee to update the master plan for trails in the city in 2016. The committee, made up of volunteers and staff, is tasked with reviewing trail corridors and compiling information for maps and trails areas.
The committee aims to finish a draft in May, before hosting an open house to solicit public comments on the updated plan, according to a timeline attached in the meeting packet. The committee plans to have a final draft for the City Council’s approval this year.
Staff will also update the commission on its process of developing permanent signage for the Ashland Pond and Creek restoration project — a project done in partnership with Lomakatsi Restoration Project.
The project started in 2009 through a partnership and grants to mitigate invasive plants around the area. It’s now an ongoing project through a collaboration of Lomakatsi, the city and Helman Elementary School, according to staff report.
The commission will also preview 34 recommendations approved by the ad hoc committee on March 12 to continue its efforts at restructuring the Senior Program. The ad hoc committee has also recommended a change in the personnel level at the Senior Center, which would result in an extra $125,000 expenditure.
Staff expects to propose cuts from other programs in Parks and Recreation to cover the first year’s additional costs. The commission will not vote on the recommendations at Monday meeting.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St.
—Reach reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or tnguyen@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on twitter @nguyenntrann.

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