The City of Salem Parks Planning and Natural Resources Section has been quite busy with many parks planning and improvement projects. Battle Creek Park Master Plan was adopted by City Council on April 27, 2020, Eagle's View Park Master Plan is close to completion, and several large parks are scheduled this summer to begin the master planning process, which includes extensive public involvement. Riverfront Park and Secor Park improvements that were identified in recently adopted parks plans also begin this summer.
Riverfront Park is receiving much anticipated improvements. The City is collaborating with Salem Downtown Rotary to construct the Gerry Frank Rotary Stage and Amphitheater. This work will begin summer 2020 and continue into next year. In addition to the stage and amphitheater is a much needed eight-unit restroom facility at the north end of the park near the splash pad and the Rotary Pavilion. These improvements come after a successful Riverfront Park master plan update that was adopted by City Council in 2018. Find more information about Riverfront Park improvements at:
Secor Park, a neighborhood park in the Sunnyslope Neighborhood in South Salem, is receiving long-awaited improvements to be completed by the end of 2020. The first phase of improvements identified in the master plan completed in 2019 include an entry plaza, playground, benches, a new bridge, and paths.
A cultural landscape management plan for Bush's Pasture Park and Deepwood Museum and Gardens is set to kick off this summer with extensive public outreach. Often called Salem's "gem," Bush's Pasture and Deepwood Parks encompass 96-acres of significant historic properties; impressive natural resources, such as stands of white oak, camas fields, Pringle Creek; and expansive open space loved by many generations of people living in Salem. A cultural landscape management plan will define uses and management of different areas of the two parks and will provide guidance on how the properties will be managed in the future.
Geer Park is receiving a master plan update for 20 undeveloped acres adjacent to the developed portion of the park that already includes two baseball fields, two soccer fields, multiuse paths, restrooms, and a bicycle pump track. Potential amenities to the undeveloped portion of the community park may include a skate park facility, additional ballfields, trails, a playground, and a shelter in the master plan update. This will be discussed and presented to the public as the planning process moves forward this summer. Watch for an initial online survey coming in June.
Woodmansee Park will begin the park master plan update process beginning summer 2020. Woodmansee is a well-loved community park located in central South Salem. Some may not know that Woodmansee Park is home to a backup water supply system called an Aquifer Storage and Recovery System (ASR). This ASR system will be enhanced and expanded over the next year in conjunction with a park master plan update. You can find information about the ASR improvements by going to the following web page:
Eagle's View Park is a five-acre neighborhood park in West Salem and is currently in the final stages of a master plan process. A draft master plan will go before the West Salem Neighborhood Association on May 18, 2020. The plan will then be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for recommendation for adoption by City Council. It is expected that this plan will be presented to City Council summer 2020. The draft master plan includes natural resource enhancements, a playground, multi-use court, walking paths, and two practice disc golf baskets. You can follow this plan by visiting the Eagle's View Park web page:
Park master plans are an important component for park development. A master plan provides a vision of a future park and serves as the guiding document for park development. Public input is a vital element of this visioning process and complements the natural landscape features that influence the overall design. You can find the latest information on park planning projects by visiting the Park Planning and Development web page:
https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/park-planning-and-development.aspx . You can also sign up to receive emails about park projects there.