Bush’s Pasture Park and Deepwood Gardens Cultural Landscape Management Plan

​About the Parks

Often called Salem’s “gem,” Bush’s Pasture Park and Deepwood Gardens encompass 96 acres of significant historic properties, ornamental and formal gardens, and impressive natural resources that include stands of white oak, camas fields, and Pringle Creek. The expansive open space, trails, ornamental gardens, and stately oaks on these two properties have been loved by many generations of people living in and visiting Salem.

About the Cultural Landscape Management Plan

These two significant, historic properties do not have formal park master plans. To provide a community vision and management policies and procedures for the two parks, a cultural landscape management plan (CLMP) is underway. The planning document will define uses and management of different areas of the two parks and will provide guidance on how the properties will be managed and maintained into the future.

Community Input

Results of the First Open House and Survey

This summer 350 people responded to the first virtual open house and survey. There were several clear themes in the community’s feedback that revealed the importance of certain features and activities within the two parks, including:

  • Natural features such as the camas fields, oaks, and pasture areas at Bush’s Pasture, and the protection of these features;
  • The formal gardens and other historic features at Deepwood;
  • Walking trails for nature and garden viewing and>
  • Restoration of the Pringle Creek streamside.

Read the full survey results or read the survey summary.

Watch for the second virtual open house coming late fall. A second survey will be available at that time to provide input on a draft management plan for the parks.

Sign-up for email updates and check the box for Bush’s Pasture and Deepwood Cultural Landscape Plan. The email updates will alert you when new information is available including reports, virtual open houses and surveys, and other pertinent information related to this project.

Email comments and questions to: [email protected].

Read more about each of these historic properties by visiting the Bush’s Pasture Park web page and the Deepwood Museum and Gardens web page.


Contact us

Patricia FarrellParks and Natural Resources Planning Manager


Project timeline

Summer 2020

  • Review & Assessment of Park Features
  • First Stakeholder Meeting
  • First Virtual Open House & Online Survey

Fall 2020

  • Develop Vison Plan
  • Second Stakeholder Meeting
  • Second Virtual Open House & Online Survey

Winter 2020-21

  • Develop Vison Plan
  • Third Virtual Open House & Online Survey

Spring 2021

  • Presentations to:
    • Neighborhood Associations
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
    • City council