Ashland, OR 97520
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Lithia Park is Ashland's crown jewel. Lithia is a 93-acre park that has just about every park amenity you could want. It's most famous and unique amenity is that it's home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Elizabethan Theater.
The park follows Ashland Creek through undeveloped woodlands and has a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, and a swimming reservoir It also includes tennis courts, a sand-pit volleyball court, numerous picnic areas, emerald lawns and playground equipment.
It all began with eight acres in 1892 by the Chautauqua Association to bring entertainment and culture to southern Oregon. The association built a domed building for their shows, the walls of which now surround the Elizabethan Theater. Visitors came from miles around over the next thirty summers to participate in the various attractions offered and to camp in what was to become Lithia Park.
A very special thanks to Jamie for the pictures!