In September 2013, the City of Salem acquired 307 acres of the northern portion of Minto-Brown Island for passive recreation and habitat restoration. Funding for the acquisition came from a Bonneville Power Administration Program administered through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The purchase expanded the City's Minto-Brown Island Park acreage by nearly 33 percent and will support opportunities for park patrons to access the Willamette River and view wildlife habitat. The property is protected by a conservation easement requiring the land be kept in a natural state.
The acquisition complements the Urban Renewal Agency’s efforts to construct a pedestrian bridge and trail between Riverfront Park in downtown Salem and Minto Brown Park in South Salem. Groundbreaking for the bridge was May 21, 2015. The Minto Island acquisition was identified as a project in the South Waterfront Urban Renewal Area Plan and in the Salem Comprehensive Parks Master Plan.
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