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.