The Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department fenced off the burned portion of the playground, and the undamaged section is open to the public. About 20 percent of the playground was burned, which is under criminal investigation.
The burned area will be cleared next week. Unfortunately, the entire playground will have to be closed when this work is being done. The Department announce the playground closure timeframe when known. Officials don’t yet know when playground repairs will start, but crews are working hard to make things happen as quickly as possible.
City insurance will cover replacement costs. The Department intends to improve playground lighting and security features, as funding allows. Improvements are not covered by insurance.
Because the Olsrud Playground was planned, funded, and built by citizens, many people have contacted the Department wanting to help with the restoration process. The department remarked they “appreciate this” and ultimately, are going to make the playground even better than before.
Those wishing to donate to the cause may do so via the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation here.
Those wishing to assist with playground repairs should contact City volunteer coordinator Tyson Thompson, at 541-774-2695, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Approximately a dozen personalized fence pickets were burned, and they will be replaced as part of the restoration.