An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. You can get the latest news by signing up for the Riverfront Park Master Plan update email list.

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.

Park location map

Hours & location
Daily
5am to Midnight
200 Water St NE
Salem, Oregon
Park features
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Tables
Play Equipment
Reservable
Restrooms
Splash Pad
Stage
Walking

Contact us

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

Riverfront Park Master Plan update project

Many changes have taken place at Riverfront Park since its last master plan was completed. This includes the addition of a 3.8-acre property at the southeast corner of the park, the opening of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, and the addition of a seasonal winter ice rink. Significant upgrades to the amphitheater and stage are also underway, and the Riverfront Carousel may be expanded.

Feedback received

To respond to these changes, an update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is in progress. So far, the City has heard that park users and local residents are interested in keeping open spaces and natural features and views. You also want event spaces, improved active play areas, access to the river, and seating along the river’s edge to just enjoy the setting. A summary of the input given at the first community meeting is available. The responses to an initial online survey are also available.

Design concepts

Your feedback has guided the development of three initial design concepts for the park inspired by:

Next steps - Meeting date postponed

A community meeting held on February 22nd, and a second online survey provided useful feedback on the initial design concepts.  Please stay tuned for the next community meeting where the preferred alternative will be presented.

This preferred concept will be presented at a final community meeting. This meeting was previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, but has been delayed to allow City staff and the master plan consultant’s additional time to continue to coordinate the master plan update with the Gerry Frank Rotary Amphitheater stage and cover.

Please check back for detail about the next community meeting. To receive a notice once it has been rescheduled, you can subscribe to the project email list.

Once approved by the City Council, the updated park master plan will provide a comprehensive vision for Riverfront Park within the context of its location, resources, and community visions. This vision will guide future park improvements, enhancements, rehabilitation projects, and grant applications.

Patricia FarrellProject ManagerPublic Works Department
Mailing address:
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
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Riverfront Park Master Plan
4/24/2018Folleto de la reunion comunitaria 24 de abril1259 KB 
4/24/2018Community Meeting Flyer - April 241240 KB 
3/23/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Survey 2 Results1459 KB 
2/22/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Concept A Map1349 KB 
2/22/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Concept B Map1405 KB 
2/22/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Concept C Map1321 KB 
2/22/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Concept A505 KB 
2/22/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Concept B609 KB 
2/22/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Concept C758 KB 
2/22/2018Public Meeting #2 Summary for Riverfront Park Master Plan1083 KB 
2/8/2018Riverfront Park Master Plan Survey 1 Results1523 KB 
1/18/2018Public meeting #1 Summary for Riverfront Park Master Plan6870 KB 
  
  
  
  
Amphitheater
$51.00
per hour
Amphitheater
$410.00
per dayPrivate event rate.
Amphitheater
$1,026.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Amphitheater
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
Amphitheater
$1,026.00
per dayPublic event (with admission fee).
Boat Dock
$26.00
per hour
Boat Dock
$308.00
per dayPrivate rental.
Boat Dock
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Boat Dock
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$26.00
per hour
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$308.00
per dayPrivate rental.
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Boat Dock/Boat Dock Overlook
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
North Meadow
$26.00
per hour
North Meadow
$308.00
per dayPrivate event rate.
North Meadow
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
North Meadow
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
North Meadow
$513.00
per dayPublic event (with admission fee).
Parking Lots
$26.00
per hour
Parking Lots
$308.00
per dayPrivate rental.
Parking Lots
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Parking Lots
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
Rotary Pavilion
$36.00
per hour4-hour minimum.
Rotary Pavilion
$51.00
per hourCommercial event rate (with sales). 4-hour minimum.
Rotary Pavilion
$513.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales).
Rotary Pavilion
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
South Meadow
$51.00
per hour
South Meadow
$513.00
per dayPrivate event rate.
South Meadow
$1,026.00
per dayCommercial event rate (with sales)
South Meadow
$164.00
per eventRun/walk/contests.
South Meadow
$1,026.00
per dayPublic event (with admission fee).
Riverfront Rules and Regulationsriverfront-rules-and-regulations.pdf256 KB