Parks Changes Due to COVID-19

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At the City of Salem, we take seriously direction from our public health agencies and the severity of the risk to everyone in our community. The Centers for Disease Control and the Oregon Health Authority continue to advise that everyone do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities by maintaining necessary social distancing of six or more feet. 

Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

Questions about parks operations and use

Are parks open?

Parks and public spaces, such as sidewalks, remain open.  Where it is possible to maintain social distancing, pathways and open spaces in our parks are open.  Use of public space, including sidewalks, landscape strips, and City parks is limited to active pedestrian use including walking or other human-powered transportation, such as bicycling.

Stay healthy: If you do use the parks, follow recommended social distancing guidelines.

Is anything in the parks closed?

Yes. Playground equipment, restroom facilities, drinking fountains, sports courts, ball fields, and skate parks in Salem's parks are closed.

Can I go to the park with my family and take my kids to the playground?

As of March 23, 2020, in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order, all playground equipment, restroom facilities, drinking fountains, sports courts, ball fields, and skate parks in Salem's parks closed immediately, and remain closed until further notice. Where it is possible to maintain social distancing, pathways and open spaces in our parks are open.  If everyone does their part, together we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk in our community. Families should keep up to date with this rapidly evolving situation through the Center for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, and county health agencies. For more information on how to protect you and your child's health, please visit Oregon Health Authority.

Have camping restrictions changed for Wallace Marine and Cascades Gateway parks?

Yes. To reduce the impact of the public gathering ban, the City Council has suspended the restrictions on maintaining a campsite in all unimproved areas of Wallace Marine and Cascades Gateway parks, with the following rules:

  • Individuals and groups of less than 10 people can maintain campsites but remain subject to all other laws and City park rules.

  • Campsites must be separated by at least 50 feet and must be at least 50 feet from any improved area of the park and from other abutting properties.

Are there other rules about moving around the City?

Yes. Under the emergency declaration, gatherings of two or more people are banned in, or on, any City-owned public space within the City of Salem, unless a permit for a public gathering has been issued by the Salem Chief of Police. Get detailed information on the Moving Around the City page.