Riverfront Park

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Riverfront Park is the City’s premier urban event park, located along the Willamette River and in close proximity to businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and other parks and trails. The park is also home to a number of Salem’s annual events, including The World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer Movies in The Park, Holiday Tree Lighting, and many walk/run events.

The 26-acres of existing parkland is the result of industrial land conversion. Paper, flour, and woolen mills, as well as a coal gasification plant and an auto junkyard formerly occupied the site. Today, it features large grassy areas, an amphitheater, play equipment, a splash pad, and a covered Rotary Pavilion. A dock provides access to the Willamette River and the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler.

Riverfront Park is also home to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and the EcoEarth Globe. It connects to Minto-Brown Island Park by the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and to Wallace Marine Park by the Union Street Railroad Bridge.

A 2018 update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan provides for additional amenities while preserving and enhancing many of the existing features of the park. It was completed as a result of the many changes that have taken place in the park over the past several years. These include the acquisition of a four-acre property located at the southeast corner of the park; the opening of the Peter Courtney Minto Island pedestrian bridge; the operation of a winter ice rink; and the proposed donation of a new covered stage and performance area. The new master plan serves as a guiding document for park management and development for the next 20 years.

Reservable AreaAmountUnitNotes
Amphitheater
$58.00
per hour+ permit fee.*
Amphitheater
$461.00
per dayPrivate event rate + permit fee.*
Amphitheater
$1,150.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales) + permit fee.*
Amphitheater
$185.00
per eventRun/walk/contests + permit fee.*
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$31.00
per hour+ permit fee.*
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$346.00
per dayPrivate rental + permit fee.*
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$576.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales) + permit fee.*
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$185.00
per eventRun/walk/contests + permit fee.*
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater Covered Stage Only
$43.00
Per Hour+ permit fee.*
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater Covered Stage Only
$576.00
Per DayCommercial w/Sales + permit fee.*
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater Covered Stage Only
$185.00
Per EventContests, Walks, Runs + permit fee.*
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater Upper Lawn, Lower Lawn, or Pringle Creek Esplanade
$30.00
per hour+ permit fee.*
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater Upper Lawn, Lower Lawn, or Pringle Creek Esplanade
$576.00
Per dayCommercial + permit fee.*
Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater Upper Lawn, Lower Lawn, or Pringle Creek Esplanade
$185.00
Per EventContests, Walks, Runs + permit fee.*
North Meadow
$30.00
per hour+ permit fee.*
North Meadow
$346.00
per dayPrivate event rate + permit fee.*
North Meadow
$576.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales) + permit fee.*
North Meadow
$185.00
per eventRun/walk/contests + permit fee.*
Parking Lots
$30.00
per hour4-hour minimum + permit fe*
Parking Lots
$346.00
per dayPrivate rental. 4-hour minimum + permit fe*
Parking Lots
$576.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales) + permit fe*
Parking Lots
$185.00
per eventRun/walk/contests + permit fee.*
Rotary Pavilion
$43.00
per hour4-hour minimum + permit fee.*
Rotary Pavilion
$576.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales) + permit fee.*
Rotary Pavilion
$185.00
per eventRun/walk/contests + permit fee.*
Rotary Pavilion
$43.00
per hour4-hour minimum + permit fee.*
Rotary Pavilion
$43.00
per hour4-hour minimum. Private rental + permit fee.*
South Meadow
$58.00
per hour+ permit fee.*
South Meadow
$576.00
per dayPrivate event rate + permit fee.*
South Meadow
$1,150.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales) + permit fee.*
South Meadow
$185.00
per eventRun/walk/contests + permit fee.*
* Permit Fee - Expedited
$122.00
per permitIf reserving 15 days or less in advance.
* Permit Fee
$61.00
per permitIf reserving more than 15 days in advance.
Riverfront Rules and Regulationsriverfront-rules-and-regulations.pdf256 KB
Hours & location
Daily
Sunrise to Sunset
200 Water St NE
Salem, Oregon

 

Park location map

 

 

Park features
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Tables
Play Equipment
Reservable
Restrooms
Stage
Walking

 

 

Contact us

Parks and Recreation
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
Phone: