Salem’s public parks are a beautiful addition to the City. To ensure our parks are enjoyable for everyone, there are a few rules you’ll need to know.
For additional detail, you can refer to Parks Rules and Regulations
Smoking and vaping are not allowed in any park within Salem, which includes parking lots located on park property. This includes e-cigarettes, marijuana, or cannabis products.
Alcohol is only allowed in some picnic areas that are available for reservation, and it must stay within 100 feet of those reserved areas. If you wish to have alcohol at an event in the park, you must
apply for an alcohol permit and pay the associated fee.
You are welcome to use your portable stoves and barbeque grills anywhere it is safe to do so. Hot coals must be removed from the park unless an ash can is available on site. Small portable barbeques are not allowed on grass or tables. Please do not wash out your barbeque at the park.
We welcome your four-legged friends in City parks. Scoop and leash laws apply. Off-leash dog areas in Salem parks include Cascade Gateway Park, Minto-Brown Island Park and Orchard Heights Park.
Sound equipment use
Music might be a important part of your event. Feel free to bring a small speaker, but if you wish to use larger amplified sound equipment, like a public address system, you will need to
apply to purchase a sound permit and pay the associated fees.
Tents and canopies
Feel free to bring your small backyard canopy for shade and protection from the rain. However, if your tent or canopy needs to be staked to the ground, it requires city staff to locate irrigation lines at your expense first. If your tent is 400 square feet or your canopy is 700 feet or more, you will need a
tent or canopy permit and pay the associated fees.
Inflatable structures (bouncy houses)
Inflatable structures are only allowed in reservable areas after City staff has made sure irrigation lines will not be affected. There is a fee for locating an irrigation line, some sites may not have sufficient electrical power, you may need to bring a generator.
If you would like access to electricity at your park event you must request in advance on your permit. All reservable parks except for Rose Garden Gazebo and Lower Leffelle Area at Bush’s Pasture Park have electricity.
Slip and slides and dunk tanks
Slip and slides and water dunk tanks are not allowed in any City park.