Skating rink favored over Greyhound arch in downtown park

An arch commemorating the former Greyhound bus station in The Commons may be torn in favor of an ice-skating rink, the Medford Urban Renewal Agency board suggested Thursday.

The MURA board voted to recommend tearing down the bus station portal to the Medford Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, partly due to the $50,000 cost and partly due to the look of the arch, which is at the corner of Fifth and North Bartlett streets.

"Aesthetically, it does not do a lot for me," MURA board member Bob Strosser said. "I do think an ice-skating rink would be better in the park blocks."

Mayor Gary Wheeler was one of three board members who voted against the idea of tearing the arch down.

"I've got real mixed feelings about getting rid of a piece of history," he said.

Other board members balked at the $50,000 estimate to permanently stabilize the two-story wall, formerly the front of the Greyhound building.

Instead, board members suggested that the money would be better spent on an ice-skating rink.

MURA is building two downtown parks next to the Lithia headquarters. The first park is almost complete, but the design on the second park, which was going to feature the Greyhound wall, is still under discussion.

— Damian Mann

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