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.
Reinhart Volunteer Park
Public and private enterprises, and volunteers worked together for a period of 10 years to create Reinhart 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.
This task involved thousands of volunteer hours, and donated services and exemplifies the pride of local citizens.
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.
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.
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.