City, Oregon Stewardship Celebrate Panther Pride Trail Completion

Published on June 15, 2022

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The City, Oregon Stewardship and local student volunteers celebrated the completion of the new Panther Pride Trail in Bear Creek Park earlier this month. 

The 2.3-mile trail features informational and interpretive signage along an especially scenic and educational quarter-mile section downhill from the Olsrud Family Community Playground.

Trail development is a partnership between the City and Oregon Stewardship, including South Medford High School student volunteers. The trail is funded in part by a $15,000 Vision Fund grant authorized by City Council in 2021.

The trail project started in 2018 as part of the City's longtime partnership with Oregon Stewardship to help manage the riparian area within the park, which involves substantial amounts of blackberry removal, planting of 12 varieties of native plants, and weekly maintenance provided by high school and college student volunteers, along with Oregon Stewardship staff.

Oregon Stewardship was founded in 1992 to improve riparian areas along fish-bearing streams and creeks in five southwest Oregon counties, while mentoring student volunteers.

“This trail represents the passion of student volunteers to make a positive impact in the community and for the environment, and it fulfills the heart of Oregon Stewardship's organizational mission,” Oregon Stewardship founder Jim Hutchins said.

The Panther Pride trailhead is located 200 feet west of the amphitheater stage. 

Bear Creek Park is located at 530 Highland Avenue in Medford. 

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