$1.4M in Medford park renovations planned

MEDFORD, Ore. —Howard School Park in Medford is getting some renovations. It’s thanks to more than $700,000 in the state of Oregon lottery funds.

That will be combined with city funds, estimated around $1.4 million for the improvements. The Medford Park has been around since the 1970s. New additions will include a splash pad, a new restroom, and re-paved sports courts.

“These are the types of projects that put a lot of wind in our sails, we build new things, and open new parks but we don’t forget about the parks we have and how important it is to keep those up to a modern standard,” said Rich Rosenthal, Medford’s Parks and Recreation director.

Medford City Council will vote to accept the state funding Thursday.

Even though the names are similar, the facility is separate from Howard Memorial Sports Park or Rogue X, which is in the same area and supposed to open by the end of the year.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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