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U.S. Cellular Community Park

U.S. Cellular Community Park covers 132 acres and features 15 athletic fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer of all levels.

Located between Highway 99 and Interstate 5 on the south end of town, the city of Medford-owned park is the largest municipal sports park of its type in the U.S.

"Those fields are used every single day," says Rich Rosenthal, Medford Parks and Recreation assistant director, of the all-weather fields that have top-notch scoreboards and lighting systems.

Last year, and excluding the Harry & David natural-grass baseball field that is home to high school and summer teams, there were 5,000 games played on the other 14 fields. That doesn't include practices.

The bulk of play is by softball teams. Of the 43 tournaments in 2015, all but a handful were on the softball complex.

Peak activity is from about 5 to 9 p.m. each day, said Rosenthal.

Another feature of the park, which is a hub along the 20-mile Bear Creek Greenway that stretches from Ashland to Central Point, is the Coyote Trails Jefferson Nature Center, which provides outdoor recreation and environmental education classes and programs (www.coyotetrails.org).

Walkers and hikers can do a 2-mile circuit incorporating the Greenway or using park pathways between the field complexes, says Rosenthal.

Vehicle gates are open from about 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m..

For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 541-774-2400, email parks@cityofmedford.org or visit hsportsmedford.com.

A drone was used to capture this aerial view of U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford. Mail Tribune file photo