Salem's Sunnyslope Neighborhood in south Salem has something to celebrate! Secor Park now has a playground, paved paths, benches, a picnic area, and a new bridge over Waln Creek. After extensive community input, Salem City Council adopted an updated master plan for Secor Park in August 2019. Over summer and fall 2020 the City completed the first phase of improvements identified in the plan. Updates were also made to improve access to the park from the Rock Creek Drive S and Stockton Avenue S park entryways.
Secor Park is an approximately 8.5-acre park located in south Salem next to Crossler Middle School. Between 2018 and 2019, the community provided input for the updated park plan through a series of public workshops and surveys. The plan represents a shared community vision that balances park development with the conservation of natural resources. Portions of the park that include a lush wooded area, gently sloping grass meadows, and upper reach of the Waln Creek are proposed to be left undeveloped.
Secor Park is named after former Salem resident, Ralph Secor, in recognition of his partial donation of land that helped to establish the park in 1980. This first phase of upgrades to the park came 40 years later with funding from Parks System Development Charges. The recently completed improvements cost approximately $771,000.
The City has made a priority of developing park plans for Salem's parks. Currently, Woodmansee Park, Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood Gardens, and Geer Park are in different phases of a planning process. To keep up to date with the parks planning projects, subscribe to this email list.