Hilfiker Park Master Plan Project
Salem is developing a master plan for Hilfiker Park. Master planning organizes the use and development of park land, and it is the first step toward significant park improvements.
Through a series of public workshops and two community surveys, the City has heard that park users and local residents are interested in keeping the natural character of the park while providing a space for children to play. There is addition interest in pedestrian and bicycle access to the park from Hilfiker Lane.
Based on initial
community input, City staff prepared three design concepts that focused on the type and intensity of the park amenities to be added and different strategies to improve access.
Feedback on these concepts has guided the preparation of a preferred design. This preferred design envisions future public access from Hilfiker Lane, potential park expansion, and a playground with innovative nature play features. Other aspects of the design seek to provide a neighborhood gathering area, expand trails, and habitat enhancements.
A process is now underway to adopt the preferred design as a master plan for Hilfiker Park. As a first step, the draft master plan will be presented to the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. A public hearing by the City Council will then be scheduled. To get the latest news, sign up for the project email list.
Once adopted by the City Council, the park master plan will provide a comprehensive vision for the Hilfiker Park within context of its location, resources, and community preferences. This vision will guide future park improvements and enhancements.