Waldo Park


​Waldo Park is considered one of the world's smallest public parks at .005 acres. The tree was purchased from a travelling salesman in 1872 by pioneer and prominent citizen, Judge William Waldo, who planted the Sequoia Gigantea (Redwood Tree) on the corner of his farmland, which at the time was just outside city limits. The tree remained in place even after the Judge left his property to make room for a state highway. After his death in 1911, the Sequoia was designated a traffic hazard several times and each time the street was widened and paved, citizens fought to have the tree preserved. In 1936, the Salem chapter of American War Mothers convinced Salem Common Council to declare the giant Redwood, plus the 12x20 foot piece of land it sits on, a public park to be named after Judge Waldo, placing a plaque at the base of the tree in his honor.

Hours & location
Sunrise to Sunset
605 Summer St NE
Salem, Oregon

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Contact us

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


Park features

Recreation guide

For a complete list of available activities and fees, download the latest recreation guide below.

2021 Recreation Guide 3882 KB