March 19, 2020 Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed adoption of the Battle Creek Park master plan by City Council has been tentatively rescheduled to April 27, 2020.
A year-long public outreach and visioning process has led to a
proposed master plan for the 56-acre Battle Creek Park, which is located at 1680 Waln DR SE. The proposed plan balances recreational use with flood mitigation and natural habitat. The City received over 1,600 online survey responses and held three public planning meetings during the public visioning process. The
Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously endorsed the plan in February. As a last step in the park planning process, the City Council will consider adoption of the plan.
Floodplain mitigation, habitat enhancements, walking trails, picnic area and shelter, playground, restroom, parking lot, an 18-hole disc golf course, and a skate plaza are among the features proposed in the master plan. Development of these improvements will occur in phases in conjunction with flood mitigation.
This planning process was closely coordinated with the concurrent
Battle Creek Basin Plan stormwater master planning. The outcome from the two planning efforts provides a park master plan that serves as a comprehensive vision for stormwater and recreational improvements.
Comments are welcomed as we move toward adoption of a final master plan by City Council. Input can be emailed to
[email protected] or mailed to Patricia Farrell, 555 Liberty ST SE, Room 325, Salem, OR 97301.
More information about the park planning process can be found on the
Park Planning and Development page.