Salem Playgrounds and Park Facilities Begin to Open (Large Events and Movies in the Park Cancelled)

Posted on June 19, 2020

City of Salem – 06/18/20 5:00 PM

Marion and Polk County have been approved to enter Phase 2.  On Friday, June 19, and just in time for summer, Salem playgrounds and park facilities will begin to re-open.  This process will begin with the opening of restrooms and drinking fountains in the most popular parks (Riverfront ParkWallace MarineMinto-Brown Island Park).

The City’s Public Works Department will then evaluate the staffing levels needed to sanitize playground equipment, bathrooms, and to reopen other additional park facilities according to public health guidelines.  Dog parks and tennis courts are already open for public use.  The City will continue to follow the Governor’s executive orders and remains committed to making public health and safety a top priority in this process.

Phase 2 Guidance continues to require limits to outdoor gatherings in order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.  In response, the City has made the difficult decision to cancel annual 4th of July Event at Riverfront Park, Movies in the Park, and to keep our park spray fountains closed until further notice.

We encourage Salem families and friends to celebrate safely.  Please visit the State Fire Marshall webpage for updated tips on firework safety and regulations, and always remember to:

  • Store fireworks out of children reach
  • Keep pets safe indoors
  • Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water
  • Properly dispose of soaked fireworks in the trash

Please visit the City’s COVID-19 webpage for up to date information on Park and other City openings.  If you have any questions, please contact the City of Salem at licworks@cityofsalem.net“>publicworks@cityofsalem.net  or 503-588-6211.

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