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  • New east Medford park opens

  • Oregon Hills Park, a new Medford city park at 6001 E. McAndrews Road, opens this evening with games, a barbecue and a chance to explore the features of the park, which is designed to be sustainable and accessible for people with disabilities, officials said.
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  • Oregon Hills Park, a new Medford city park at 6001 E. McAndrews Road, opens this evening with games, a barbecue and a chance to explore the features of the park, which is designed to be sustainable and accessible for people with disabilities, officials said.
    Today's fun happens from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the intersection of East McAndrews Road and Chablis Terrace. The park's features include interpretive trails along wheelchair-friendly paths, whimsical art and boulders designed for climbers of different ages and skill levels, a handicap-accessible treehouse, as well as zones for water play, digging in sand and exploring Lazy Creek — which crosses the nearly 15-acre property. Parking, a picnic shelter and restrooms also are provided.
    People who visit all features highlighted at tonight's event will be entered to win a prize, organizers said. There will also be games and a hot-dog barbecue.
    A second phase of work planned in the next two-year budget period will add a storm-water detention pond. A $376,500 Oregon Lottery grant awarded by the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department helped pay for the first phase of work. Officials have estimated the park's development will cost nearly $1 million.
    Oregon Hills Park is Medford's 12th neighborhood park and the fifth new park opened since 2005, city officials said.
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