Reserve a City Facility or Park

​​Salem’s facilities and parks are a great option the next time you need to host a company picnic, group outing, family reunion, or other private event.

The Salem park system has many sites that can be reserved or rented. Below are some of the park areas that can be rented. Other areas include Center 50+ and Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex and soccer fields.

Make a reservation

To make a reservation, bring the following to the Recreation Services desk at City Hall:

Allow five business days to process your application.

Change a reservation

Changes to a reservation that has already been approved and processed should be submitted at least five business days in advance and may result in a processing fee.

Cancellation policy

The City reserves the right to cancel any scheduled park or facility reservation due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency situations. If your reservation is canceled by the City, you may choose to receive a full refund or to reschedule your reservation.

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.

Electrical service

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.

Contact us

Parks and Recreation Services
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
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Locations available for reservation

These popular parks have areas that may be reserved in advance. Select a park to view more detailed information.

Bush’s Pasture Park

  • Amphitheater
  • Lower Leffelle Picnic Area
  • Phillips’ Softball Field
  • Rose Garden Gazebo
  • Tennis Courts
  • Derby Track

Cascades Gateway

  • Beaver Grove Shelter
  • Blue Gill “A” and “B”

Geer Community Park

  • Soccer fields
  • Baseball fields

Minto-Brown Island Park

  • Shelter

McKay Park

  • Soccer fields

River Road Park

  • Shelter
  • Soccer fields
  • Tennis Courts

Pringle Community Hall

  • Large activity room
  • Meeting room
  • Full kitchen
  • Outdoor picnic areas with tables

Riverfront Park

  • Amphitheater
  • Rotary pavilion

Wallace Marine Park

  • Soccer fields
  • Softball fields

Woodmansee Park

  • Shelter
Tree, grass, and path at River Road Park.

River Road Park has a picnic shelter and soccer fields that may be reserved in advance for your use.