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Participate in the City of #SalemOR Riverfront Park Master Plan Update

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 our online survey:

“Vision for the Park”

Tell us your thoughts on future park uses, river access, park amenities, and more!

This beautiful park in downtown Salem has seen a lot of changes since the last master plan was completed back in 2001. Recent improvements to the park include the completion of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, and the temporary placement of a seasonal winter ice rink.

To help guide continued improvements to this popular park, we are requesting community involvement in the master plan update to address proposed amphitheater and stage upgrades, potential expansion of the Riverfront Carousel, connections and access to the Willamette River, and the future use of 3.8 acres of additional land at the southeast corner of the park.

Please join in this interactive master planning process.  There are a number of ways to get involved:  ​

Attend community meetings:

  • ​Community Meeting #1
  • Date: 6 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Location: Pringle Hall, 606 Church St. SE
  • Learn about the Riverfront Park Master Plan Update process and provide your initial input. This meeting will feature a presentation and discussion on existing conditions, opportunities, constraints, and planning priorities.
  • ​Community Meeting #2
  • Date: 6 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Location: Pringle Hall, 606 Church St. SE
  • Come learn about different alternative design plan concepts for Riverfront Park. At the meeting, you can provide feedback on these alternatives, including your likes and dislikes.
  • Community Meeting #3
  • Date: 6 p.m., Thursday, March, 22, 2018
  • Location: Pringle Hall, 606 Church St. SE
  • Join us for a discussion over the “Preferred Alternative” concept and key design issues.

Visit the Riverfront Park Webpage for continued project updates.

Contact us

Patricia Farrell, Project Manager
Public Works Department
Mailing address:

555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 503-588-6211




Lecture: River Currents at Riverfront Park in #SalemOR


Speaker: Deborah Topp, City of Salem

August 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Riverfront Park Amphitheater | 200 Water St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Each year the City of Salem hires a stream crew to help clear our streams of debris that may impede the following winter’s stream flow and result in flooding. In addition, the crew takes on projects that help the City of Salem manage the streams. Come learn about the stream crew and their important projects in our streams.


Jon Yoder




August 19, 2017 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Salem Capitol Mall

The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing an hour-long space-themed concert on Saturday in the Capitol Mall.

Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, and a picnic lunch and enjoy an hour of amazing sounds from a talented orchestra.

Featured works include selections from Star Wars, Star Trek, The Planets and more!


This concert is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

phone: (503) 986-1388
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Pigs on the Wing: “The Great Eclipse Concert” in #MonmouthOR – Aug. 20th

Pink Floyd Tribute Band, Pigs On The Wing, present:

Dark Side of the Moon

Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Monmouth, Oregon | Main Street Park Amphitheater

Pink Floyd tribute band Pigs On The Wing presents "Dark Side of the Moon" (and other Pink Floyd favorites) the night before the eclipse.

Food, beer and wine will be available.

Please leave your pets at home.


Art in the Park in the Dark in #SalemOR – Mon. Aug. 21st

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Monday, August 21, 2017 | 7 AM – 12:-00 PM

Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE

ADVISORY: Bush’s Pasture Park has now been opened by the City of Salem for camping the day prior and during the eclipse. We are unsure how this will affect usability of the Park for making art. Depending on traffic, Salem Art Association staff may not be able to make it to Art in the Park in the Dark to facilitate this event.

For safety purposes, we are waiving the requirement that artists experience the eclipse in Bush Park in order to participate in the exhibition. The exhibition will continue as planned.

Please exercise caution should you make plans to attend the event.

Please contact David Wilson, our Gallery Director, at David@SalemArt.org with any questions.

The Salem Art Association invites artists of all disciplines to participate in


Taking place in Salem’s picturesque Bush Park during the solar eclipse in August, this free event encourages artists to gather together, and to document this extraordinary phenomenon through art. The light will change throughout the morning, and the totality of the eclipse, when nearly complete darkness takes place, will happen shortly after 10:15 am.

After the event, artists will have about two weeks to prepare their artwork for an eclipse themed exhibition at the Bush Barn Art Center. The first 50 participants to deliver artwork will be included (one entry per artist).

Why is the eclipse such a big deal? The path of the eclipse will run straight across Oregon, and Salem is one of the handful of cities in the United States that is in a prime location to view it. A total solar eclipse last crossed Oregon in 1979, and another won’t return until 2108. That makes this eclipse a once-in-a-lifetime event for many artists and Oregonians.

Light refreshments will be served during ART IN THE PARK IN THE DARK.

All media are welcome, including literary, and performing arts. Materials are not provided.

To register, contact david@SalemArt.org. This event is free of charge, but donations are welcome.

Size limitation:
2D artwork no larger than 16” x 20” framed
3D artwork no larger than 12” in any direction

Artwork delivery dates: Friday, September 1st – Sunday, September 3rd during regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday – 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5pm)

Exhibition dates: September 9 – October 29, 2017, in the Camas Gallery, Featured Artist wall

River Currents: The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park in #SalemOR – Tues. Aug. 8th

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River Currents Presentation Series:

The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park

Speaker: Sharon Rose, author and retired Willamette University Professor

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Riverfront Park Ampitheatre: 101 Front Street NE Salem, Oregon 97301

This presentation will focus on the history of the park and surrounding area as well as provide a guide to the seasonal changes of the flora and fauna that take place on a yearly cycle.


Jon Yoder

Salem Environmental Education: RIVER CURRENTS

First annual Englewood Forest Festival in #SalemOR – Sat. Aug. 12th

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First Annual Englewood Forest Festival

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Englewood Park | 1260 19th ST NE, Salem

Englewood Forest Festival will highlight local artists, musicians, cottage industries and businesses in Northeast Salem. 

Our festival's goals include building community, culture and environmental education in our neighborhood.

Art & environmental workshops, children’s activities, music, dance, neighborhood history, food trucks, and booths featuring local artists, cottage industries, businesses and community resources.

The first annual Englewood Forest Festival is centered on Salem’s oldest park with its many stately Oregon white oaks and Douglas fir trees.

But the event is about more than trees in a northeast neighborhood. 

The event will highlight local artists, musicians, and businesses and also focus on helping people learn to take care of the trees, birds, gardening, and to create backyard habitat.

The art exhibit will feature more than 40 artists , most who live in the neighborhood.

The family-friendly art workshops include printmaking, painting, clay, mosaics, paper crafts and drawing.

EFF Enlace Folkloric dancingLive music and dance will also be offered in various styles, including folk, Celtic, pop, country, 50s and 60s, blues, classical, traditional Mexican music, and Latino Folkloric dance.

The Latino folk dancers will be from ENLACE of Northeast Salem which promotes collaborative community projects that encourage people to help each other. This traditional idea comes from Oaxaca, Mexico is called Guelaguetza. 

Environmental workshops are a big component and include gardening for pollinators, wildlife in the park, caring for mature trees, composting, creating backyard habitat, backyard pond basics, making bird nest boxes, and vermiculture.

Informational booths will stage interactive activities for all ages and members of the family.

Some booths will feature Salem Audubon Society, Straub Environmental Center, Marion County Master Gardeners, Pond Envy, Lord & Schryver Conservancy, and Friends of Trees.

Friends of Englewood Forest will have neighborhood historian Virginia Green on hand. She will lead historical tours of the area at a later date.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to everyone.

Parkingis available on surrounding streets and at Englewood United Methodist Church (1170 17th St NE) or east parking lot of the First Church of the Nazarene (1550 Market St NE.) The portion of 20th Street NE that runs behind Englewood School will be closed to accommodate food trucks and ADA parking.

Englewood Forest Festival Page – more information

Lynn Takata