Riverfront Park

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. The City would like to hear your thoughts on future park uses, river access, park amenities, and more. Take a preliminary online community survey to share your vision for the park. 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

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

​An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway! Many changes have taken place since the last master plan was completed for Riverfront Park. 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 while the Riverfront Carousel may be expanded.

The process of updating the Riverfront Park Master Plan is designed to be interactive. Community input will guide the development of park design alternatives, which will then be further developed through the public process until a draft master plan is ready to be presented to City Council at a public hearing. We are counting on your input!

Take part in a preliminary online community survey to share your vision and describe what you enjoy about Riverfront Park. You are also invited to attend a series of community meetings. The first meeting will be held January 18, 2018.

Once approved, 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.

Online community survey

Patricia FarrellProject ManagerPublic Works Department
Mailing address:
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 
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Riverfront Park Master Plan

​December 8, 2017 - Participate in the Riverfront Park Master Plan Update

October 27, 2017​—City Hires Lead Consultant in Preparation for Riverfront Park Master Plan Update

Meetings
Jan. 18
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Community Meeting #16:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 08
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Focus Group Meeting #311:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 13
Downtown Salem Streetscape Plan Open House #25:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.Senator Hearing Room
555 Court ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Feb. 22
Riverfront Park Master Plan Update: Community Meeting #26:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.Pringle Hall
606 Church ST SE
Salem OR 97301
12/4/2017We need your input! Riverfront Park Master Plan (English)1212 KB
12/4/2017¡Necesitamos su opinión! Plan Maestro de Riverfront (Spanish)1211 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