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.

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. The planning process is interactive and community input is highly valued.

Earlier this summer, we asked for your thoughts on the future Battle Creek Park. We received input from more than 800 responses to a first online survey and from more than 80 community members that attended a first public open house. From that feedback, three conceptual site improvement options for the master plan were created, each focusing on a different theme (habitat, recreation, blending of habitat and recreation). Some park features are in all three options, such as trails and flood retention, but other features vary or are unique to each option.

The options for Battle Creek Park are preliminary and conceptual, primarily to gauge the community's priorities for the site. The final master plan will be a refinement of a preferred option, based on public input.

You are invited to review the master plan options and take a community survey to give your feedback. The survey is available through October 2, 2019.

Review public open house #2 presentation

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​Option 1: Habitat

The focus is on the natural and habitat elements of the park and flood retention, with a focus on passive recreation opportunities such as paved and soft trails.  Features include:

  • Constructed flood retention basins
  • Enhanced wetlands for wildlife habitat
  • Small overlook for viewing constructed flood retention basin
  • Paved trails: approximately 7,377 lineal feet or about 1.4 miles
  • Soft surface trails: approximately 1,378 lineal feet or about 0.25 miles
  • Play/fitness stations
  • A small parking lot to accommodate 15 vehicles off Waln Drive SE
  • Small restroom - two stalls
  • Small outdoor classroom (earth form) near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • No picnic shelter
  • No skate park
  • No disc golf
  • No playground
The focus of this option is on the natural and habitat elements of the park and flood retention, with an emphasis on passive recreation opportunities such as paved and soft trails.

​Option 2: Recreation

The focus is on recreation uses that are compatible with flood retention. Features include:

  • Constructed flood retention basins
  • Large overlook for viewing constructed basins
  • A year-round 18-hole disc golf course in the upland portion of the park
  • Paved trails: approximately 6,500 lineal feet or about 1.23 miles
  • Soft surface trails: approximately 2,866 lineal feet or about 0.53 miles
  • Fitness stations
  • Large parking lot to accommodate 60 vehicles off Waln Drive SE
  • Large restroom – six stalls
  • Interpretative trail near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Small outdoor classroom (shelter) near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Neighborhood playground near Doral Street SE
  • Picnic shelter near Waln Drive SE
  • Community playground near Waln Drive SE
  • 15,000 sq. ft. skate park near Waln Drive SE
The focus of this option is on recreation uses that are compatible with flood retention.

​Option 3: Blended

The focus is on balancing recreation and natural elements while also providing flood retention. Features include:

  • Constructed flood retention basins
  • Medium-sized overlook for viewing constructed basins
  • Paved trails: approximately 6,433 lineal feet or about 1.22 miles
  • Soft surface trails: approximately 2,295 lineal feet or about 0.43 miles
  • Play/fitness stations
  • Medium-sized parking lot to accommodate 30 vehicles off Waln Drive SE
  • Medium-sized restroom – four stalls
  • Small outdoor classroom area near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Interpretative trail near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Picnic shelter near Waln Drive SE
  • Community playground near Waln Drive SE
  • 5,000 sq. ft. skate park near Waln Drive SE
  • 3-hole disc golf course in upland, plus seasonal 6-hole disk golf in a constructed flood retention basin
  • Sculpted earth mounds
The focus of this option is on balancing recreation and natural elements while also providing flood retention.

Next steps

Community input will be used to prepare a preferred option for the Battle Creek Park master plan. The preferred option will be presented and discussed at a third public open house on November 13, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Battle Creek Elementary School. The open house will provide an opportunity for questions and feedback as the master plan moves to a final version.

Public Open House #3 | Wednesday, November 13, 2019
 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Elementary School
1640 Waln Drive SE, Salem OR

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Grassy parkland with sporadic trees.

View of Battle Creek Park from Waln DR SE

  
  
  
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
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Contact us

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

Row of trees at Battle Creek Park

Upcoming meetings
Sep. 26
Secor Park Playground Planning Workshop6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Crossler Middle School
1155 Davis RD S
Salem OR 97306

Join the City of Salem as we host a public open house to present options for a new playground at Secor Park. You can give input on several concepts and share preferences for individual play components and color choices. The project team will use this input to make a final selection.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6211

Learn more

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Nov. 13
Battle Creek Park Master Plan Public Open House #37:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.Battle Creek Elementary School
1640 Waln Drive SE
Salem OR 97306

The final draft park master plan design will be presented and discussed with opportunity for questions and feedback.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6211

Learn more

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

  
  
  
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