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That new Roxy Ann parking lot is for you

My family was hiking up Roxy Ann last week when we noticed a new gravel parking lot near Madrone Ledge picnic area. There isn't a lot to distinguish the area, although there was a wooden post with doggy-dew bags — greatly needed. Since the gate below is still locked, can you tell me why a parking area is needed?

— Margie J., Medford


We're told the parking lot will be opened to facilitate the growing number of hikers, bikers and equestrian riders using the expanded trail system at Prescott Park. The dozens of cars parked below the gate near the new Twilight Trail entrance will be able to use the parking lot beginning this weekend.

Medford Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal said the lot has room for 50 cars and will be open year-round; although fire and other circumstances could close the road.

"That parking lot is intended to serve those wishing to use the trail system," Rosenthal said. "It doesn't make much sense to close the second gate."

The next phase of work will include restrooms, but for now hikers have access to portable toilets.

"It's all part of the master plan approved several years ago," Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal said hours haven't been finalized. The lower gate at the bottom of the hill is open until 9 p.m.

"We get a lot of truck traffic up there because of the quarry, so we have to consider a lot of things when it comes to vehicular access. We have to be careful we don't create unanticipated issues. We'll see how it goes and maybe make adjustments."

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