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Commissioners to discuss homeless shelter, Japanese garden

Potential use of The Grove as a temporary winter homeless shelter will be discussed at the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission meeting starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at 1175 E. Main St.

Pioneer Hall has been used as the winter shelter in the past few years but will most likely not be used this year due to building safety issues. City Administrator Kelly Madding will present the request to use The Grove as a shelter at the meeting.

The enhancement and possible expansion of the Japanese Garden in Lithia Park will also be discussed at the meeting. After many design planning discussions and public input events, Japanese garden designer Toru Tanaka will present his preliminary design to the commission.

Additionally, members of the Rogue River Watershed Council will present their request to access Ashland Creek Park and Ashland Creek to improve fish passage within the creek related to the Smith-Myer-Roper Diversion.

“Re-profiling this reach of Ashland Creek at the Smith-Myer-Roper diversion site will improve the ability of juvenile Coho Salmon, steelhead, and other native fish to access 1.8 miles of rearing habitat possible during the irrigation season (when water quality conditions often trigger upstream movements),” according to a staff report.

Also on the agenda is a proposed official curfew of 11:30 p.m. on Ashland city parks. If the amendment to the curfew ordinance is passed, all city parks will be closed to the public from 11:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. daily.

Ashland Parks and Recreation Director Michael Black and Jeff Mangin, whose family donated $1.3 million towards a makeover of the garden, at the Japanese Garden inside Lithia Park in Ashland. (Tidings file photo)