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Marion Square Park 
 

551 Commercial Street NE - View Map

This small 3.2 acre park is located in downtown Salem and is unique in that it has the only skate park facility in Salem, bringing many skate and bike enthusiasts as well as spectators to play and watch. Other amenities include:

Restroom Playground
Picnic Tables Lighted Basketball Court
Skate Bowl and Ramp Drinking Fountain

 

History

Marion Square was plotted in 1850 by W.H. Willson. Willson Park, a state park located near the State Capitol building, and Marion Square Park are the two oldest parks in the City. The mature stand of fir trees, which can be seen from many parts of the downtown area, were about 20 feet tall at the time the square was laid out. The park enjoys a great deal of historical significance. At the turn of the century, a fine residential development surrounded the park and extended along Front Street.

In the late 40's, the construction of the Marion Street Bridge and the growth of Salem changed the character of the area. The appearance of the park was further altered by the 1962 Columbus Day storm

 
when huge fir trees were blown over and others severely damaged.

On warm summer days, tourists, and visitors can be seen picnicking in the park. The park acts as a vital link of open space between the Willamette River and the north end of the central business district. Future downtown and riverfront renewal plans will eventually restore the prominence and importance of Marion Square.

The restroom was replaced in the fall of 2005. A Community Development Block Grant funded the project.

 

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