Cultural Landscape Management Plan for Bush Park and Deepwood Gardens

Trail in Bush Pasture Park

Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood Museum and Gardens are two of Salem's most iconic parks. With acres of paths, majestic oaks, picturesque camas fields, sports fields and courts, playgrounds, and Pringle Creek running through them, there is something for everyone to enjoy. These gems of Salem are also historically and culturally significant. The two properties are part of the Gaiety Hill/Bush's Pasture Park Historic District, which is a concentration of properties from the historic period between 1878 and 1938. In addition, this area served as part of a hunting and gathering place for Native Americans prior to pioneer settlement.

With many different uses and interests for the parks, the City of Salem is undergoing a community-visioning process to help them understand the public's vision for park use and management. While many portions of Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood are well-established and existing features not subject to change, the planning process will help inform the development of a cultural landscape report that evaluates the historic landscapes; provides the community vision; and establishes objectives, policies, and priorities that will provide the basis for future management of the two park properties.

This is the first of three open houses for the Bush Pasture Park and Deepwood Gardens CulturalLandscape Management Plan. The survey will be open on Monday, August 17, 2020 and run through Sunday, August 30, 2020. At the first open house, you will be provided an orientation and asked for input that will help us understand what you know about the park, how you use the park, and what is most important to you about these places.

The City has made park planning a priority. Currently, Woodmansee Park, Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood Gardens, and Geer Park are in different phases of the planning process. To keep up to date with the Cultural Landscape Management Plan and other City park planning projects, subscribe to our email list. Parks planning processes are funded by Parks System Development Charges.

Visit Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood Museum and Gardens Virtual Open House #1

Contact us

Patricia FarrellParks and Natural Resources Planning ManagerPublic Works Department
555 Liberty ST SE, RM 325
Salem, OR 97301