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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




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

ECOFEST – Part for the Planet in #SalemOR – Sat., June 17th


EcoFest is a family-friendly, educational outdoor festival hosted by the Straub Environmental Center in partnership with the City of Salem slated for June 17, 2017 at Riverfront Park.

EcoFest will feature:

  • a showcase of businesses offering earth-friendly products and services;
  • hands-on educational displays and activities provided by local non-profit organizations;
  • nature walks;
  • a “Green Energy Area” highlighting renewable energy and alternative-fueled cars;
  • a rock climbing wall and obstacle relay course for kids;
  • yoga classes;
  • music;
  • educational performances;
  • local food carts; and,
  • craft beers and wine!

more information…