Central Park: Central Park is the largest park in the park system and is considered the ‘Crown Jewel’. The park consists of forty-seven acres and was sold to the City of Ashland in 1900 by the Kentucky Iron Coal and Manufacturing Company for the sum of $32,500. Until August 1923, the primary activity in the park was a horseracing track.
The park is located between 17th and 22nd Streets and Central and Lexington Avenues.
There are over 1100 trees in Central Park with each identified and located on maps of the park. Following is a listing of some facilities available:
a. Indian Mounds (3)
b. Asphalt Tennis Courts (5)
c. Regulation Baseball Field with modern lighting
d. Regulation Horse Shoe Courts (10)
e. Sand Volleyball Courts (2)
f. Pond with three floating fountains
g. Basketball Courts (2)
h. Playgrounds for all ages
i. Concession Stands (2)
j. Restrooms – handicapped accessible
l. Log House - oldest house in Ashland
m. Fountain and Gardens
n. Maintenance Office
o. Round House/Recreation Office
Dawson Park and Municipal Pool: This park is located on Central Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets. The park has playground equipment, a basketball court and a volleyball court.
The pool is a modern pool with a water slide and a diving board. There is playground equipment and a basketball court in the pool area. A concession stand is operated when the pool is open. Admission to the pool is $2.00 for school age and $3.00 for adults. The pool operates from Memorial Day until Labor Day when school is not is session. Season passes may be purchased for the pool and pool rental is available. Call the Parks & Recreation office for details.
Southside Park: The park is located on Ballard Street on the property that was once Southside Pool. It has a regulation softball field with state of the art lighting. Restrooms are currently under construction and playground equipment is being installed. A basketball court is planned for late this year or early next year.
Oliverio Park: This park, once known as Clyffeside Park, is located between 39th and 41st Streets along Winchester Avenue. The park has playground equipment, picnic shelters and restrooms. Additionally, two little league fields are located on the front portion of the park beside the Ashland Water Plant.
Joseph P. Harris Park: This is a new park located on the old railroad property that ran through the middle of town. The park is long but not very wide and runs from 29th Street east to Winchester Avenue. The park has a fountain, sidewalks and benches.
Spring Park: This is a small undeveloped park alongside 29th Street near Newman.
‘New’ Park: This is a new small park located on 47th Street at the riverfront. The park has a basketball court and playground equipment is being installed.
Riverfront Park: Located on the riverfront at 15th Street as this park has the Ashland Boat Ramp. It also has an outdoor stage where Summer Motion concerts are held each 4th of July week. These concerts draw crowds of over 30,000. The annual fireworks are also held at Riverfront, which is the largest fireworks display in this area of the country.