Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge: Connecting Communities

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Thank you, Salem! Yesterday, more than 500 of you joined in a community celebration to open the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge.

Senator Peter Courtney and Mayor Chuck Bennett followed the North Salem High School color guard across the Union Street Railroad Bridge, leading a community parade from Wallace Marine Park to the Riverfront Park amphitheater. Following Mayor Bennett and Senator Peter Courtney’s remarks on this long-standing community vision for connecting three of Salem’s largest parks and more than 20 miles of off-road trails, the Friends of Two Bridges presented Salem with a $108,174 check. State legislators from Portland to as far away as John Day joined in the celebration and a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the dedication and Senator Peter Courtney’s service to Salem and the State of Oregon.

A blessing from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde preceeded the ribbon cutting, before the community procession continued across the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge.

The North Salem High School color guard marching during the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge ceremony on August 2, 2017

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett addresses attendees of the ceremony.

Friends of Two Bridges present Salem with a check for $108,174.

More than 500 people joined in the community celebration to open the bridge.

(From left) Senator Peter Courtney, former Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, current Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, City Manager Steve Powers, and former City Manager Linda Norris participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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