Park Master Plans

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. Join us for the next community meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at Pringle Community Hall starting at 6 p.m. You can get the latest news by signing up for the Riverfront Park Master Plan update email list.

Park master plans provide overall design guidance for the use and development of Salem parkland. When a master plan is created, the following information is taken into account:

  • Community input
  • Unique characteristics of a park property
  • Future transportation improvements and development surrounding the park
  • Park classification (such as neighborhood parks, community parks, community parks, urban parks)
  • Other factors may come into consideration.

The master planning process is interactive and involves significant community engagement. This is done to ensure all stakeholders are heard in the decision-making design process. Public meetings, workshops, online surveys, and social media are commonly used to solicit input and feedback. All park plans are adopted by City Council following a public hearing. Having an adopted master plan is the first step in developing a park.

The guiding document for developing park master plans is the Salem Comprehensive Park System Master Plan, which was last updated in 2013. The individual park master plans are developed to be consistent with the Comprehensive Park System Master Plan, including its goals, policies, assessment of need, and recommendations.

Park system overview

The City of Salem park system includes 1,928 acres of park land​—1,328 acres are developed, and 600 acres are undeveloped.

Developed sites include:

  • 38 neighborhood parks, which provide local access to basic recreation resources for nearby residents within 0.5 miles
  • 6 community parks, which meet the active and passive recreational needs of the community within 3 miles
  • 6 urban parks, which provide for recreational needs of the entire city and which may be a regional draw
  • 11 natural areas, which provide passive recreation opportunities and habitat conservation

Other facilities include linear park and connector trails, special use facilities, and historical areas.

Contact us

Patricia FarrellParks Planning and Resources ManagerPublic Works Department

​Current planning efforts

Future planning efforts

  • Woodmansee Park (update)—Spring 2018
  • Battle Creek Park—Fall 2018
  • City Center Park and Trails—Fall 2018
  • Eagles View Park—Fall 2019
  • Bailey Ridge Park—Spring 2020
Upcoming meetings
Apr. 10
Brown Road Park Master Plan: Community Workshop #16:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.McKay High School
2440 Lancaster DR NE
Salem OR 97305
Apr. 18
Downtown Salem Streetscape Plan Open House #35:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.Senator Hearing Room
555 Court ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Apr. 24
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Community Meeting #36:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
May 22
Brown Road Park master Plan: Community Workshop #26:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.McKay High School
2440 Lancaster DR NE
Salem OR 97305
Comprehensive Park System Master Plan27703 KBpark-system-master-plan-2013-05-13.pdf
McKay Park Master Plan3191 KBmckay-park-master-plan.pdf
Minto-Brown Master Plan39237 KBminto-brown-master-plan.pdf
Fairview Park Master Plan20706 KBfairview-park-master-plan.pdf