Park Planning and Development

​​Salem is actively planning improvements to city parks. Community input is an important component of this work. You can find information about current projects and participation opportunities below.

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Woodmansee Park Master Plan

The Woodmansee Park Master Plan update includes drinking water improvements.

Eagle's View Park Master Plan

Eagles View Park is a 5-acre, undeveloped Neighborhood Park located at 451 Eagle's Wing Street NW.   You are invited to share your vision for the Eagle's View Park master plan during a series of upcoming workshops.  Learn more >> 

Battle Creek Park Master Plan

The City of Salem is preparing a master plan for Battle Creek Park, a large 56-acre undeveloped park property located off Commercial Street in South Salem at the former site of the Battle Creek Golf Course. The site is currently undeveloped, with creeks, wetlands, trees and open space. The property was purchased for both park and flood mitigation functions.

Our goal for the Battle Creek Park master plan is to develop a multi-use park that balances recreational use with flood mitigation and natural habitat. Planning for the park involves coordination with concurrent stormwater master planning efforts.

Draft Master Plan

The proposed park master plan was prepared after hearing from the community through a series of public open houses and online surveys. It balances recreational use with needed flood mitigation and includes flood storage areas, enhanced wetlands, an improved trail system, and new recreational features for the community.

Battle Creek Park Master Plan 

Battle Creek Park Master Plan Appendix 

View Draft Master Plan graphic 

What We’ve Heard

While floodplain mitigation is the top priority for implementing the park master plan, we’ve heard that habitat enhancements, walking trails, and a disc golf course also rank highly among those that attended the project open house on November 13, 2019.

Public input from two earlier public meetings and over 1,600 online survey responses indicates that people feel strongly about having opportunities to be active, explore nature, and get exercise. Results from the surveys tell us that people want paved and soft-surface trails, open space, new recreation opportunities, and a focus on flood mitigation and natural habitat.

Summary of results from Community Survey #1

Summary of results from Community Survey #2

Next steps

A process is now underway to adopt the proposed master plan for Battle Creek Park. On February 13, 2020 the Salem Park and Recreation Advisory Board  unanimously voted to endorse the preferred design alternative as for the park master plan. As a last step, the draft plan will be forwarded to City Council .

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed adoption by the City Council has been tentatively rescheduled to April 27, 2020.

Comments are welcomed as we move toward adoption of the plan by City Council. Input can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Patricia Farrell, 555 Liberty ST SE, Room 325, Salem, OR 97301.

Once approved by the City Council, the master plan will provide a comprehensive vision for improvements to Battle Creek Park over the next decade.

Grassy parkland with sporadic trees.

View of Battle Creek Park from Waln DR SE

battle-creek-park-master-plan-preferred-design-option.pdfBattle Creek Park master plan preferred design option11/18/2019
battle-creek-park-open-house-presentation-2019-11-13.pdfBattle Creek Park open house presentation - November 13, 201911/13/2019
battle-creek-park-survey2-results-final.pdfBattle Creek Park Survey #2 Final Results10/22/2019
battle-creek-park-open-house-presentation-2019-09-11.pdfBattle Creek Park open house presentation - September 11, 20199/11/2019
battle-creek-park-survey1-results-final.pdfBattle Creek Park Survey #1 Final Results7/22/2019
battle-creek-park-open-house1-presentation.pdfBattle Creek Park Open House 1 Presentation 6/5/2019

Project Contact

Patricia Farrell Parks and Natural Resources Planning Manager Public Works Department
555 Liberty ST SE, RM 325
Salem, OR 97301
Email: [email protected] Battle Creek Park master plan project

Contact us

Patricia FarrellParks and Natural Resources Planning ManagerPublic Works Department
555 Liberty ST SE, RM 325
Salem, OR 97301
Row of trees at Battle Creek Park

Row of trees at Battle Creek Park

Brown Road Park Master Plan - September 201816661 KBbrown-road-park-master-plan.pdf
Comprehensive Park System Master Plan - May 201327703 KBpark-system-master-plan.pdf
Fairview Park Master Plan - June 201620706 KBfairview-park-master-plan.pdf
Hilfiker Park Master Plan - April 20187785 KBhilfiker-master-plan-report.pdf
McKay Park Master Plan - March 20143191 KBmckay-park-master-plan.pdf
Minto-Brown Island Park Master Plan - November 201539237 KBminto-brown-master-plan.pdf
Riverfront Park Master Plan - November 201823125 KBriverfront-park-master-plan.pdf
Secor Park Master Plan - August 20192411 KBsecor-park-master-plan-august-2019.pdf
Secor Park Master Plan Report19877 KBsecor-park-master-plan-report.pdf