A Look at Medford’s Urban Renewal

MEDFORD, Ore. — Empty storefronts and few visitors have plagued downtown Medford for years. City officials have been working to change that, but now the Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA), has spent its last few dollars for downtown projects. In the report above, NewsWatch 12’s Kasey Kershner reports on where the city is now and … Continue reading »

MURA Plan Would Revamp Hawthorne Park

MEDFORD, Ore. – An effort by the Medford Urban Renewal Agency could bring major changes to Hawthorne Park, in an effort to make it more family-friendly and cut down on crime. MURA is expected to approve a contract for a $1.6 million construction project at the park. The plan would include a dog park, basketball … Continue reading »

Park Seeing Increased Crime Without Pool

MEDFORD, Ore. — Demolition has begun on the Hawthorne Park pool two years after it officially closed and 63 years after it opened. Medford resident Bill Bardakos said it was a landmark. “I’ve been here for 8-9 years and I remember bringing my daughter down here, going swimming and I saw the tractors here and … Continue reading »

Construction Begins at Hawthorne Park

MEDFORD, Ore. — Bulldozers and backhoes are tearing down Hawthorne Park’s pool in what is the first step in remodeling the park. The pool was permanently closed in 2011 and has sat vacant ever since. Plans are now underway to make over not only the area where the pool once stood, but also the entire … Continue reading »

Hawthorne Park Makeover Meeting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hawthorne Park may be approved for a new makeover this evening. Officials say they hope the new design will curb crime in the area and make it more attractive for families. The new plan includes a spray pad, basketball courts, artwork and two dog parks. The Medford Urban Renewal Agency will consider … Continue reading »