Secor Park is an approximately 8.5-acre, undeveloped neighborhood park with a lush wooded area, gently sloping grass meadows, and an upper reach of Waln Creek. The park is named after former south Salem resident, Ralph Secor in recognition of his partial donation of land that helped to establish the park in 1980.
While considered undeveloped, trails and a picnic table are available for use. Come for a walk or a respite, and enjoy the trees, birds, and year-round flow of Waln Creek.
Secor Park Improvement Project
A master plan completed in 1995 envisioned future park development with paved walking paths, picnic areas, a children's play area, and a multi-use sports court. Other portions of the park are proposed to be left undeveloped.
The City is now preparing to develop the park. Due to the age of the master plan, the project team has been working with local residents to identify what improvements will be made to the park through this project.
Public input from two community meetings and two public online surveys in early 2019 has led to a
revised park design concept.
On June 13, 2019, the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board endorsed the revised design and made a recommendation to the Salem City Council to adopt it as an update to the original 1995 park master plan.
Proposed 2019 Master Plan Update
The Salem City Council will consider whether to adopt the Secor Park Proposed 2019 Master Plan Update at their August 12, 2019 meeting.
The City will then begin to develop the park in phases based on available funding. A first phase will be completed in the coming years. The park improvements are expected to include a bridge across Waln Creek, paved paths, benches and picnic tables, playground equipment, and entry plaza. Fees collected from Parks System Development Charges will fund this work.
Stay involved! During the initial stages of design, the City will invite public involvement in the selection of playground equipment. Subscribers to the project email list will receive an invitation to participate.