Parks & Recreation
Had a blast at the Harvest Carnival! The entire school gym was decked out with fun carnival games (harvest themed of course), with excited costumed kids EVERYWHERE. The energy level was off the charts. Thanks to the Shady Cove School for hosting this fun event. And THANK YOU to the residents and business that participated in the City’s Scarecrow and Gourd Carving contests. Your creativity was amazing.Read More
In the Fall of 2022, Jackson County Parks, in cooperation with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB), held an open house to solicit community input on three conceptual designs. The goal was to get a feel for what users of the facility liked and did not like in these conceptual designs. This approach is used widely, as it allows users to visually look at designs and how a variety of concepts will, or will not affect a site and its uses. It also allows facility designers and managers an insight into what can be done differently to meet boater needs. Feedback received at the meeting, as well as through our online public comment period provided critical input and assisted Jackson County and the OSMB to develop three alternative designs, which we refer to as “Round 2 concepts.” As promised at the 2022 meeting, we are bringing back these Round 2 concepts to you for more feedback. The three concepts are attached to this email and shown on sheets 5-7 of the package, listed as South Concept 1-3. They can also be found at: https://www.jacksoncountyor.gov/departments/parks/day_use/upper_rogue_regional_park.php
You will notice in the drawings that the development, or construction footprint is considerably smaller than in the Round 1 conceptual alternatives. This change preserves a greater amount of the park for current uses, allows for minimal impacts to the river bank, as we heard that residents enjoy the natural riverbank, as it is today for recreational purposes. The concepts also minimize impact to the lawn area of the park, allowing for events and picnicking to continue, which many said was an important aspect of desired future conditions. In the end, the footprint in all three designs is slightly larger than the current facility, which is needed to meet the need of boaters. As we all know, truck and trailers are longer than they were decades ago when the facility was built and we have to meet new design criteria, such as accessibility requirements outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Also impacting the design is the requirements for stormwater treatment, which requires facilities to treat stormwater runoff from paved surfaces, prior to it flowing to the Rogue River, as well as general site conditions and restraints (wetlands, hydrological conditions, cultural resources, etc). As you will see from the drawings, it was our goal to acknowledge some concerns that were shared to minimize impacts to the park, while also threading the needle to meet the needs of boaters and modern day design requirements. We additionally want to design a ramp that will survive floods based off of a recent hydrological analysis that has been completed.
You will notice that the drawings incorporate the use of the parking area on the east side of Rogue River Drive, which will be improved. Once we received clarification from the City of Shady Cove that they are no longer interested in partnering on the use of the parking lot for business parking, it allowed for incorporation of the lot into the project, minimizing the need for much additional parking in the park itself. The Round 2 concepts were shared with the City of Shady Cove Mayor, Councilor Knuckles, and the City Manager. These representatives expressed gratitude for the acknowledgment of the concerns and the revisions to the concepts to reflect the concerns. In the end, all three city representatives said they individually supported South Concept 3 in the attached drawings.
Next Steps- We are asking for you to review the attached drawings and either send us your comments via email to , or if your schedule allows, attend another open house where you can share your thoughts and opinions with OSMB and Jackson County Park staff. We will be holding this meeting on Monday, November 13 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at our Jackson County Parks Auditorium located at 7520 Table Rock Road, Central Point. This facility is large enough to meet the needs of the meetings, while being centrally located in the county to ensure access for as many county residents as possible. I do want to acknowledge that there are community discussions being had on boating use of the Upper Rogue River. This meeting will be focused on working towards developing a quality boating facility at the Upper Rogue Regional Park, not general use of the river.
We appreciate your dedication to the park and your assistance in helping us develop a facility that meets boater and general recreation needs.
Roads and Parks Department
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The BDay Celebration was AWESOME! We served ~185 plates of tacos, 160 bags of popcorn, and too many cupcakes to count. The place was packed with kids who were crazy excited about everything (which made us old folks happy just to be around so much energy).
The DJ rocked it; the food was fantastic (never have I had a taco so good); Boy Scouts said their booth was successful. The City raised $240 for Pack 62. They said this money will pay for all the awards they hand out this year. Games played: Kid craft; Sidewalk drawing; Sack racing; Freeze Dancing and axe throwing which was jammed with people throughout.Read More
Shady Cove Volunteers kicked into full swing in May, helping Jackson County Parks to address some latent maintenance issues at the Upper Rogue Regional Park. With tools, paint supplies and muscle, the group swept thru the park rebuilding the rotted picnic tables, weed whacking, trash pickup and bbq pit cleanout. When the crew was done, the park looked loved. Note: Due to a lack of supplies, there are 2 tables still to be rebuilt. These will be restored once the supplies arrive.
As Mayor Jon Ball stated, “the hard work of volunteers is very much what Shady Cove brings to everything”. So cheers to the great volunteers of Shady Cove!
If you would like to be part of this great team helping to beautify Shady Cove (weeding, sweeping, painting, handyman services, coordinating volunteers, etc, etc), please sign up via the City Website (under the Commissions & Committees; Volunteering tabs). Together we can make Shady Cove a City we are all very proud of.
Special thanks to our volunteers on this project –
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, and after Jackson County was placed back on the “watch list” due to worries about the health climate, the City is forced to cancel its September Music in the Park offering. The Governor of Oregon has put restrictions on gatherings. Our last show was so great, that we can not make certain that we would have under 100 people attend or that everyone will follow the 6′ social distancing rule.
We know that it is disappointing, but the City must care for it’s citizens, the majority being seniors.
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NEXT UP in the Shady Cove Music in the Park series – Saturday, July 11, 6-8 PM – RING OF TREES!
AUNT CAROLINE’S PARK
In an effort to give our citizens a place to enjoy the outd00rs, we are reopening the majority of the park. There are, of course, some restrictions as we go through a nation-wide reopening process. We want everyone to be safe and healthy.
- Please keep 6’ social distancing everywhere in the park.
- If you or your child are feeling ill, please do not use the facilities.
- The bathroom will remain closed until we can safely open it.
- Keep children safe at all times and continue to wash hands regularly after touching common areas.
- Per the direction of the State authorities, the playground equipment is to remain closed off until further notice.
- Benches, doors, tables, and equipment are all newly cleaned and/or painted.
- As the contractor is still working on the ramp, please pay extra attention as you use it. Not having the handrails yet, the stairs will remain closed.
- When in doubt, please err on the side of caution and health.
We will post additional updates on the City website at www.shadycove.org or you may call 541-878-2225. Enjoy your time at the park.