Park Master Plans

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. The City would like to hear your thoughts on future park uses, river access, park amenities, and more. Take a preliminary online community survey to share your vision for the park. 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 (i.e. neighborhood parks, community parks, community parks, urban parks, etc.)
  • 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, on-line 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, providing local access to basic recreation resources for nearby residents within 1/2 mile
  • 6 community parks, meeting the active and passive recreational needs of the community within 3 miles
  • 6 urban parks, providing for recreational needs of the entire city and which may be a regional draw
  • 11 natural areas, providing 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

Hilfiker Park

Riverfront Park

Future planning efforts

  • Brown Road Park – Spring 2018
  • 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
Meetings
Jan. 18
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Community Meeting #16:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 08
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Focus Group Meeting #311:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 13
Downtown Salem Streetscape Plan Open House #25:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.Senator Hearing Room
555 Court ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 22
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Community Meeting #26:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Mar. 22
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Community Meeting #36:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
  
  
  
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