Challenge course opens Saturday at Roxy Ann

A while back, I saw an article about a challenge course on Roxy Ann Peak. Intrigued, I hiked to the top with my husband and saw some of the rope structures just off the road. I've gone up a few times last summer and again this winter, but haven't seen anybody using them. Did the city run out of money, or is the course going to be open soon?

— Jill S., Medford

You're in luck, Jill. On Saturday, the Medford Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Prescott Park Challenge Course at 11 a.m.

The public can use the course free of charge until 3 p.m.

More than a dozen installations have been tucked into the trees in Prescott Park, barely visible from the gravel road that leads to the park.

A massive swing will allow participants to hover 40 feet above the ground while taking in views of the valley. Or they can sail through the air attached to a zip line.

To reach Prescott Park, drive east on Hillcrest Road or McAndrews Avenue, then turn left on Roxy Ann Drive. On-street paved parking is available near the park entrance, which is the pick-up and drop-off point for the park shuttle that will take people to the course.

The course is near a Civilian Conservation Corps-built bathroom and small parking lot on the peak's west side.

Last year, Medford Parks and Recreation considered opening the course in August but decided it would be better to open this spring.

Zip lines, a catwalk and ground-level obstacles were built under a $50,000 contract with Synergo, a Portland company that operates challenge courses in Oregon.

The course will be available for groups and corporations.

Nonprofits pay $600 for a facilitator who would train up to 15 participants.

Corporations would pay $600 to $1,200 per facilitator, at a rate determined by the size of the group.

The maximum group size would be 60. The rates are based on a one-day program for up to seven hours.

For reservations, contact Synergo at 503-746-6646 or

Another option is to sign up for various times during the summer when individuals can join a group. The cost will be $30 for those younger than 18, and $45 for adults. For information on registration, call 541-774-2400.

For information on the challenge course, see

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