Our Community

6th and G - Courtesy of Karen Fahey 2010

Grants Pass, the Josephine County seat, serves as the major commercial center for the county population.

Downtown Grants Pass has been designated a National Historic District because of its historic buildings. It is renowned for its numerous antique shops.

We are a volunteer oriented community, as shown by our selection in 1997 as one of the thirty finalists nationwide in the “All America City” competition, sponsored by the National Civic League.

All Sports Volleyball

Reinhart Volunteer Park

Public and private enterprises, and volunteers worked together for a period of 10 years to create Reinhart Volunteer Park, a 50 acre complex filled with baseball diamonds, soccer fields, horseshoe pits, basketball and tennis courts, passive trails, viewing ponds, playgrounds, and picnic and shelter areas.

Economy & Education

Once a timber-based community, the economy of the Grants Pass area has diversified. A healthy mix of light manufacturing, secondary wood products, retail trade, tourism, recreation and service-based industries provide a broad range of employment opportunities. Medical and retirement facilities also continue to expand.

Home to 2 school districts, and a number of private schools, Grants Pass also houses the main campus of Rogue Community College. Southern Oregon University is nearby in Ashland.

Findley Bend Fishing - Courtesy of Nomeca Hartwell - Photo Call 2008

Recreation

The world famous Rogue River runs through Grants Pass and provides many recreational opportunities such as jet-boat trips, rafting, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, swimming, hiking, and gold panning. In addition, the nearby mountains provide high-mountain recreational experiences, including snow skiing at Mount Ashland.

Cultural activities center around the Shakespearean Festival in the nearby City of Ashland and the historic Town of Jacksonville.

Tan Raft - Courtesy of Curt Collins - Photo Call 2008

Other scenic attractions include Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, and the Redwoods that stretch from San Francisco to southern Oregon. For more information on recreational activities in and around Grants Pass, please visit the tourism site.