Construction is scheduled to move forward this spring and summer on several improvements to Salem's Riverfront Park. Workers will follow COVID-19 precautions, as prescribed.
In 2018, the City of Salem developed a new Salem Riverfront Park Master Plan that provides for the addition of new amenities to the 26-acre downtown park described by residents as "Salem's Living Room." The plan guides management and development of the urban park for the next 20 years. With its wide paths, open lawns, and views of the river, Riverfront Park provides ample passive recreation opportunities.
Construction of Phase 1 amenities begins this spring and summer and will continue through the coming year:
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater
The new Gerry Frank | Rotary Stage and Amphitheater is planned for construction in partnership with the Rotary Club of Salem on 3.8 acres of park property acquired from Boise Cascade at the southeast end of Riverfront Park. The Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 and committed to building a covered and enhanced performance stage at Riverfront Park in support of that milestone.
The new performance area will feature a a sweeping wood structure using a "basket weave" concept developed by CB|Two Architects, inspired by the open-weave baskets of the Kalapuya Native American tribe.
July to late October: Site preparation, including a grassy seating area for the amphitheater, addition of 55 parking spaces in the south lot, and new entry plaza with bike racks, benches and space for food carts, all constructed by the City of Salem
November to 2021: Amphitheater construction by Rotary Club of Salem