Parks and Recreation During COVID-19


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At the City of Salem, we take seriously the 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 wearing a  mask, maintaining necessary social distancing of six or more feet, and vaccinating. 

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.

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

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

Yes. Within Salem's parks, playground equipment is open for use.  Please play safe. 

Are dog parks open?

Yes.  Social distancing is encouraged at dog parks within Minto Brown Island Park and Orchard Heights Park. Elsewhere in Salem parks, dogs are encouraged on-leash.

What recreation programs are being offered?

For the most up to date program information go to: