Next steps for new sports park in West Medford

Medford, Ore — The City of Medford is one step closer to turning 60 acres of land in West Medford into a sports park.

The Wes Howard Memorial Sports park has mostly sat vacant since it’s donation to a non-profit in 2003.

The property was within Medford’s growth boundary but not in city limits.

Medford Parks & Rec Director Rich Rosenthal – who also sits on the sports park’s non-profit board says.

That made developing the land extremely difficult.

That is until Thursday when the city voted to annex the park.

“There’s a much higher likelihood that the city of Medford can partner with the non-profit board of directors in development plans for the property,” said Rosenthal.

Future plans may include more soccer fields, an indoor recreation area and a neighborhood park.

Rosenthal says it’s also a candidate for hosting a new city swimming pool but those plans are not currently in the works.

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