Lithia Park Book by Local Author, John Enders



John Enders, a local author, journalist and historian, has researched and written a coffee table-style book on the history of Lithia Park. The book, Lithia Park: The Heart and Soul of Ashland, is sponsored by the Ashland Parks Foundation and features many historic photos, some dating back to the late 1800s, as well as a selection of modern-day photos generously donated by Ashland photographers.

Lithia Park is a 100-acre jewel in Ashland that is loved by locals and tourists alike. For John, the park holds a special place in his heart: his great-grandfather, Henry Enders, served on the first Parks Commission. In the summer of 2016, the Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC) celebrated 100 years of Lithia Park! “It is so fitting that the release of the Lithia Park book coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the park. I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Ashland Parks Foundation for sponsoring the book; without the involvement of the Foundation this book might have not been possible,” stated Michael A. Black, APRC Director.

Please join John for a book signing event at Bloomsbury Book Store on Wednesday, October 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. – Meet the author, purchase a book for yourself and pick up additional copies as holiday gifts! The event is free and open to the public. Bloomsbury is located at 290 E Main St in Ashland. Books may also be purchased online by visiting (for a direct link to Amazon) or by visiting one of these APRC offices:

  • The Grove, 1195 East Main St
  • The Parks Administration Office, 340 S Pioneer St (upper Lithia Park)
  • North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N Mountain Ave

The book is priced at $24.95 and proceeds will benefit the Ashland Parks Foundation. If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation, visit or call 541.488.5340.

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