Where can I find a list of parks?
You can find a list of parks on our Parks Tour webpage.
What are the Park Rules and Policies?
Salem Revised Code Chapter 94 includes all City code related to Salem parks.
What are acceptable street trees?
Please review our Acceptable Street Tree List link.
What happens to wood from felled trees?
Parks Operations Division has a contract with Marion County Juvenile Department, Alternative Work Programs, to dispose of wood from felled trees.
The Marion County Juvenile Department provides accountability to youth and services to the local community. The staff and youth crews cut the trees into firewood and season it under cover for 12 months. Some of the seasoned firewood is then donated to low income seniors and disabled persons. The rest is sold to the public to pay back victims of youth crime and to help with the cost of the program. Citizens can purchase seasoned cords of firewood from the program, which includes free delivery in town, by calling 503-588-5324. You can also call that number if you have a tree that is already on the ground that you would like to donate. They do not cut down trees, but work with most of the local tree services.
Wood chips generated by Parks Operations Tree Maintenance staff are used within City parks and not sold or given to the public.
What are Salem parks hours of operation?
You can find this information on our Park Hours webpage.
When are Salem's Splash Fountains Open?
For Summer 2013, the following splash fountains are open seven days a week beginning June 14. Times vary:
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Riverfront Park, 200 Front Street NE
River Road Park, 3045 River Road N.
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S.
Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE.
Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE.
West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW
Englewood Park, 1260 19th street NE.
What are the rules for dogs in parks?
Please check our Dogs in Parks webpage with lots of information regarding our four-legged friends!
What laws govern street trees in Salem?
Salem Revised Code Chapter 86 contains code related to City street trees.
Is alcohol allowed in parks?
It is unlawful for any person to possess an alcoholic beverage that is in excess of 14 percent of alcohol by volume in any public park, designated sports field, or city recreation building, except under the authority and in compliance with the conditions of a permit issued by the Director of Community Services, or designee of the Director. Visit Salem Revised Code, Chapter 94.195 for additional information.
Are BBQ grills allowed in parks?
Park users are allowed to bring BBQ's to the park. Heat from small tabletop grills can damage wood table tops and grass when the grills get very hot. Park users are asked to use some sort of insulating material under the grills to prevent damage and dispose of ashes in a responsible manner.
The following parks have BBQ grills on site:
What are the park trail distances?
Park Trail Distances Spreadsheet
How do I contact staff?
You can contact Parks Operations by calling 503-588-6336, or by sending an email to SalemParks@cityofsalem.net.
How do I reserve a park?
Please visit our Parks Reservations webpage.
How do I become a Park Partner?
Please visit our Park Partner webpage. If you are interested in additional volunteer opportunities, please contact our Parks Volunteer Coordinator at 503-589-2197. Thank you for supporting our parks!