Salem Riverfront Park Master Plan

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Salem Riverfront Park is one of Salem’s premier, treasured, and well used parks. GreenWorks partnered with the City of Salem to update the master plan for Salem Riverfront Park, incorporating an additional four acres of land on the south end of the park.  

The large open lawns, open air amphitheater and views of the Willamette River make the park a favored place for large and small events held throughout the year and it’s a popular place for walking, jogging and getting a breath of fresh air.

Through a robust public outreach process, GreenWorks and City staf worked with focus groups and the public to develop and prioritize concepts for park improvements and additions.  A key feature in the new addition to the park is a new, larger amphitheater designed to complement a proposed covered stage and a river viewing terrace with dramatic views of the Peter Courtney Minto-Island Bridge.

Relocating the covered stage and amphitheater to the south end of the park means Salem can host larger events in the park and take advantage of the existing—soon to be upgraded with nature play elements and terraced overlook seating—playground, as well as the splash pad, pavilion, and seasonal ice rink.  

Our updated master plan includes a floating river walk, expanded dock facilities for kayak and canoe rentals, and space for fishing. We also improved connections to other Salem parks, including a future trail along adjacent Pringle Creek and existing links to Wallace Marine Park.