The Flying Lark Facility Sold to River Valley Community Church

After more than a year on the market, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners accepted an all-cash offer of $9.5 million for The Flying Lark facility and property from River Valley Community Church.

The developer of The Flying Lark, Travis Boersma, gifted the facility to the county in February 2023 after failing to secure a required Historical Horseracing Machine license under former Gov. Kate Brown.

River Valley Church plans to relocate from its downtown Grants Pass location to the 36,867 square-foot facility in early 2025 following remodeling work. The church has been a part of Grants Pass for more than 80 years.

Josephine County commissioners create ‘permanent’ fund for fairgrounds

On June 5, the Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance to create a $9 million Fairgrounds Permanent Fund – the sale of The Flying Lark to River Valley Church providing the funding. The fairgrounds can borrow money from the fund for fairground projects, equipment and other expenses. Future projects may include a planned amphitheater with a seating capacity of up to 5,000 people.