MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford City Council will discuss the option to begin a five-year land lease to begin development at the Howard Memorial Sports Park.
In Wes Howard's 2003 Will, he left over 50 acres of land to be used as a "sports field training and competition complex for athletes in the Rogue Valley." With the partnership between the City of Medford and the Howard Memorial Sports Park board, his wishes may soon come true.
Council Bill 2020-41, which can be read in full here, would begin a five-year lease of the land by the City of Medford to develop recreational and park facilities. The city would rent the land for $1,000 a year and be responsible for land maintenance, which is estimated to be around $20,000. In the contract, there are three, five-year extension options to allow the city to continue developing the area.
The HMSP board would not consider an outright sale of the land because "not enough development has occurred... to demonstrate sufficient fulfillment of the HMSP articles of incorporation." According to Howard's will, the HMSP board of directors shall develop the land "for the purpose of providing said facilities to members of the community."
The 53.38-acre plot of land sits on the corner of Ross Land and Rossanley drive.