Riverfront Park

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. The City would like to hear your thoughts on future park uses, trail and downtown connections, access, resource conservation, and more. Sign up for the Riverfront Park Master Plan update email list so you can get the latest news.

Riverfront Park is the City’s premier urban event park, located along the Willamette River and in close proximity to businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and other parks and trails. The park is also home to a number of Salem’s annual events, including The World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer Movies in The Park, Holiday Tree Lighting, and many walk/run events.

The 26-acres of existing parkland is the result of industrial land conversion. Paper, flour, and woolen mills, as well as a coal gasification plant and an auto junkyard formerly occupied the site. Today, it features large grassy areas, an amphitheater, play equipment, a splash pad, and a covered Rotary Pavilion. A dock provides access to the Willamette River and the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler.

Riverfront Park is also home to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and the EcoEarth Globe. It connects to Minto Island Park by the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and to Wallace Marine Park by the Union Street Railroad Bridge.

Hours & location
Daily
5am to Midnight
200 Water St NE
Salem, Oregon
Park features
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Tables
Play Equipment
Reservable
Restrooms
Splash Pad
Stage
Walking

Contact us

Recreation Services
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 
Sign up for mailing list: 
Recreation News

Riverfront Park Master Plan update project

​In October 2017, the City began the process of updating the Riverfront Park Master Plan. Greenworks Landscape Architects have been hired to assist the City with the master planning. The update is needed due to many changes that have taken place at the park since the last update was completed in 2001. This includes the addition of a 3.8-acre property at the southeast corner of the park, the opening of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, and the addition of a seasonal winter ice rink. Additionally, significant upgrades to the amphitheater and stage are planned while the Riverfront Carousel may also be expanded.

This master planning process is interactive and involves significant community engagement. This ensures all stakeholders are heard in the decision making and design process. There will be opportunities for you to participate through a series of public meetings and online surveys. The first online survey is expected to become available on December 6th, 2017. A link to the survey will be available on this webpage.

At the end of this process, the City Council will consider adopting the master plan following a public hearing. Once approved, the updated park master plan will provide a comprehensive vision for Riverfront Park within the context of its location, resources, and community visions. This updated master plan will guide future park improvements, enhancements, and rehabilitation projects. Updating the master plan will also assist in obtaining grant funding and leveraging other resources for the park.

Project contact

Patricia Farrell
Phone: 

​October 27, 2017​—City Hires Lead Consultant in Preparation for Riverfront Park Master Plan Update

Meetings
Jan. 18
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Public Meeting #16:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 22
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Public Meeting #26:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Mar. 22
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Public Meeting #36:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Park location map

  
  
  
  
Amphitheater
$51.00
per hour
Amphitheater
$410.00
per dayPrivate event rate.
Amphitheater
$1,026.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Amphitheater
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
Amphitheater
$1,026.00
per dayPublic event (with admission fee).
Boat Dock
$26.00
per hour
Boat Dock
$308.00
per dayPrivate rental.
Boat Dock
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Boat Dock
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$26.00
per hour
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$308.00
per dayPrivate rental.
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
North Meadow
$26.00
per hour
North Meadow
$308.00
per dayPrivate event rate.
North Meadow
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
North Meadow
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
North Meadow
$513.00
per dayPublic event (with admission fee).
Parking Lots
$26.00
per hour
Parking Lots
$308.00
per dayPrivate rental.
Parking Lots
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Parking Lots
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
Rotary Pavilion
$36.00
per hour4-hour minimum.
Rotary Pavilion
$51.00
per hourCommercial event rate (with sales). 4-hour minimum.
Rotary Pavilion
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Rotary Pavilion
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
South Meadow
$51.00
per hour
South Meadow
$513.00
per dayPrivate event rate.
South Meadow
$1,026.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales)
South Meadow
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
South Meadow
$1,026.00
per dayPublic event (with admission fee).
Riverfront Rules and Regulationsriverfront-rules-and-regulations.pdf256 KB