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  • Learning in Lithia Park

  • Volunteer guides who lead the free Lithia Park Tour actually make note of when locals show up.
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      A Summer Day is a series of photo-driven looks at Ashland outdoor activities. If you want to share your favorite place to go or thing to do, email jeastman@dailytidings.com
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      About this series
      A Summer Day is a series of photo-driven looks at Ashland outdoor activities. If you want to share your favorite place to go or thing to do, email jeastman@dailytidings.com
  • Volunteer guides who lead the free Lithia Park Tour actually make note of when locals show up.
    Most often, the group is composed of curious visitors and just the occasional Ashlander who may already know that our crown-jewel park was designed in 1908 by horticulturist John McLaren, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park superintendent for a half-century.
    No matter what you already know or where you're from, the leisurely tour is a great way to get a closer look at Lithia Park.
    The tour starts by the Plaza in the shade. Your guide will show some pictures of historic Ashland and give you one of a handful of esoteric facts. (Did you know snowberries, those little white berries that grow abundantly in the park, are toxic?)
    Then your guide will take you on a meandering walk up to the tennis courts. The tour covers a half-mile and takes an hour-and-a-half to complete. It leads you to both duck ponds and past the band shell. There is a stop at a fountain where you can sip the odd-tasting Lithia water.
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