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Railroad Park to reopen July 25

Medford’s Railroad Park, operated by four nonprofit clubs, will reopen Sunday, July 25, according to a press release from park organizers.

The popular free park, which has been closed since 2019, features historic full-sized rail equipment, model trains and free train rides on over one mile of 7.5-inch scale tracks.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellation of all public use of the park in 2020. This month’s reopening is made possible by donations from the public through a 2020 GoFundMe drive and other fundraisers supporting upkeep of the park and its equipment.

“We thank everyone for their support, and we are glad to be back,” Jerry Hellinga, chairman of the park Board of Governors, said in the release.

Because the park’s been closed for 20 months, it will reopen with limited volunteers and fewer trains running than in past years.

“There may be a few hiccups,” said Hellinga, “we ask folks to be patient.”

The park, at 799 Berrydale Ave., Medford, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of each month in August, September and October.

The four clubs involved are Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club, Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society, Southern Oregon Live Steamers and Medford Garden Railroaders.

All four clubs hope to sign up new members at the opening to replace those who had to drop out during the pandemic.