Eight Ways Salem is Working for You

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  1. Providing Affordable Housing and Solutions to Homelessness

  2. Honoring More than 9,000 of Salem's Volunteers

    • On September 16, at our annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Major Chuck Bennet and the Salem City Council will honor the thousands of Salem's volunteers who help make Salem a better place.  Learn more.
  3. Protecting Salem's Drinking Water

  4. Planning for Salem's Future

    • We have embarked on a multi-year process to help Salem plan for the next 20-30 years of growth. Join with us and help chart the path for Salem's future. Learn more.
    • We are also in the middle creating the Master Plan for Salem's newest urban park, Battle Creek Park. Located at the site of the former Battle Creek Golf Course, this project is generating a lot of interest from the community. Our latest survey received more than 800 responses! Learn more.
  5. Restoring the Willamette River

    • Minto Brown Island Park is Salem's greatest natural area. People come to the park to enjoy walks or bike rides along the river, watch wildlife or paddle the Willamette Slough. The area has high ecological value and provides important habitat for many species of fish and other wildlife. We are working with organizations from across Oregon to remove invasive species and restore native species and habitat. Learn more.
  6. Increasing Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

    • It has never been easier or safer to walk or bike in Salem. Between 2008-2016, we completed nearly 50 different projects to upgrade or add sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossing islands, radar speed signs, walking paths, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and other improvements to make Salem a more biking and walking friendly city. Since then we've completed dozens of other projects and have many more planned. Learn more.
  7. Planning for Essential City Services

    • While the City of Salem is in good fiscal health overall for a $632 million enterprise, it faces some challenges. The challenges are most severe in the City's General Fund. On August 12, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider options for new revenues to support City services residents have told us they expect. Without additional revenue the City will have to reduce services to the community. Learn more.
  8. Delivering Building Projects on Time

    • In 2017 Salem voters told the City to build a new police station and make our library a safer in an earthquake. The Salem Police Station has completed its concrete work and will begin adding the outer skin of the building soon. Learn more and stay up to date on the new Salem Police Station.
    • The Library seismic retrofit project is in full-swing with design currently underway. Stay tuned for a community open-house in September. We will share the preliminary design and show how your ideas have been an influence! Learn more.

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