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New east Medford park planned

A proposed park in southeast Medford will add another link in an extensive bike and walking trail system that will eventually lead from Bear Creek to Chrissy Park.

The 4.71-acre property at the intersection of Shamrock and Lone Oak drives, to be known as Village Center Park, will be donated to the city under an agreement between the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation and Crystal Springs Development Group. The parks foundation and the city recently agreed to transfer ownership of the park to the city. 

The property, located to the east of North Phoenix Road and to the north of Barnett Road, is valued at $564,000.

Rich Rosenthal, director of Medford Parks and Recreation, said plans for the park and costs to develop the property are still being worked out.

"We're putting together a proposal that will provide the best quality and value," he said.

Rosenthal said he didn't have a schedule yet when costs to develop the park would be presented to the council for approval.

A preliminary concept drawing shows the park would have a large grassy play area with a half-court basketball court, a picnic area, and two playgrounds, one for children younger than 5 and one for children ages 5 to 12.

Over the past three years, the parks foundation has worked with Crystal Springs to acquire parkland in the growing southeast area of Medford. Village Center Park would serve 382 households.

Current projections indicate the city needs 79 acres of parkland in the southeast area by 2026 to adequately serve anticipated growth.

The proposed two-mile Larson Creek Multi-Use Path parallels Barnett Road and extends east from the Bear Creek Greenway through primarily residential neighborhoods to North Phoenix Road, where it will connect with the trail system under development in southeast Medford.

— Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.