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

​About the Parks

Often called Salem’s “gem,” Bush’s Pasture Park and Deepwood Estate 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

Second Open House Survey Response

The second open house and survey for the Cultural Landscape Management Plan was held in December 2020. Over 250 people participated in the open house and survey. Based on the feedback received:

  • There was strong support for the draft vision statement was very strong.
  • The management area recommendations were well received with strong support. The areas with the most responses also had the strongest support. These are, in order of highest responses:
    • Lower and Upper Oak Groves
    • Lower and Upper Bush’s Pastures
    • Rose Garden Historic Orchard and Shrub Collection, and Bush House Grounds

Read the full survey results with comments or read the survey summary in English or Spanish.

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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 Management Recommendations
  • Second Stakeholder Meeting
  • Second Virtual Open House & Online Survey

Winter 2020-21

  • Develop Draft Management Plan
  • Third Virtual Open House & Online Survey

Spring 2021

  • Develop Final Management Plan
  • Presentations to:
    • Neighborhood Associations
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
    • City council