Community input through the planning process for Battle Creek Park has resulted in a preferred design option for park master plan. The preferred plan balances recreational use with needed flood mitigation and includes flood storage areas, enhanced wetlands, an improved trail system, and new recreational features for the community.
Battle Creek Park is a large, 56-acre undeveloped park property located off Commercial Street in South Salem at the former site of the Battle Creek Golf Course.
Public input from two community meetings and over 1,600 online survey responses show that people feel strongly about having opportunities to be active, explore nature, and get exercise. Specifically, we heard that people want walking paths, recreation opportunities that blend into the natural areas, and a focus on flood mitigation and natural habitat. While floodplain mitigation is the top priority for implementation, we also heard that habitat enhancements, walking paths, and a disc golf course rank highly.
The City continues to welcome written comments as we move toward adoption of a final master plan by City Council in late February or early March 2020. Comments can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Patricia Farrell, 555 Liberty ST SE, Room 325, Salem, OR 97301.
As a next step, City staff will present the park plan to the South Gateway Neighborhood Association on December 12, 2019. Visit the City's park planning web page for additional project information.