Parks, Recreation and Facilities

We provide a system of attractive, safe, clean, accessible, interconnected parks throughout the city and coordinate a variety of passive and active recreational activities.
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Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is a nationally accredited agency that has stewarded the City's park system and community recreation services since 1957.

The Department maintains over 2,500 acres of civic parkland, special-use areas, beautification areas and public-right-of-ways and is the largest provider of community recreation programs and services in the Rogue Valley.

We are the largest provider of community recreation programs and services in the Rogue Valley and offer a wide range of classes, programs, special events, and sports leagues for all ages.

Most of the low-cost, high-quality recreation services are delivered at two of the most-visited park and recreation facilities outside of the Portland metro area: the Santo Community Center (Medford's only municipal community center) and Lithia & Driveway Fields, a 132-acre, 15-field world-class sports park.


The City of Medford offers a generous blend of structured and non-structured volunteer opportunities.  The City is comprised of multiple departments including: City Administration, Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Medford Police, Medford Fire, Public Works, and Planning all of which oversee a variety of functions that need volunteer help. There is a a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for citizen involvement in the delivery of community services and maintenance of City land and facilities.  The City has multiple choices for citizens, schools, corporations and civic organizations to reinvest their gift of time and talents back to the community. Whether it's a one day project or ongoing support, we recognize your time is a tremendous investment to the City of Medford! Below is a list of identified opportunities:


The Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was established in 2005. The Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships, and advocates in support of specific projects and activities that benefit our City parks and recreation programs. The Foundation is funded primarily through support by individuals, groups and businesses who are committed to the preservation and expansion of youth and adult programs as well as the City park and trail system.

Medford Parks & Recreation Foundation Website

Photo Usage

Upon occasion, Medford Parks and Recreation staff or contractors may photograph participants in recreation programs and events, or people on or within Parks-managed properties. Photos may be used for illustrative and promotional purposes.

Photo Submissions and Contest Terms and Conditions

By submitting your photo in the competition you agree to grant the City of Medford and Medford Parks and Recreation a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the photograph on the Internet or in promotional materials without financial remuneration.
  • Indemnify, defend and hold harmless the City of Medford, its employees and representatives, from any and all third-party liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the contest, including without limitation any third-party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual's right to privacy and/or publicity right.

Social Media

The purpose of Medford Parks and Recreation social media outlets are to "push" information about City programs, events and services to the general public and to direct individuals to the City web site for more specific information.

Due to Oregon public records laws and City policy, staff members are not permitted to engage in written dialogue on social media sites. Consequently, the City of Medford reserves the right to remove or discontinue posts, threads or conversations.