Salem Parks Begin Winter Schedule

The Parks and Transportation Division of the City of Salem Public Works Department will be shifting to the winter schedule in City parks beginning November 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014.

As part of this winter reduction schedule, the following park restrooms will remain open during daylight hours: Bush’s Pasture (upper Leffelle and Bush Barn), Deepwood, Geer, Marion Square, River Road, Riverfront, and Woodmansee Parks; and chemical toilets at Cascades Gateway, McKay, Minto-Brown, Orchard Heights, and Wallace Marine Parks. All others will be closed for the winter season.

All athletic fields will be closed to play starting November 3, 2013, until March 18, 2014. This opening date is dependent on actual turf conditions and is subject to change.

All drinking fountains will be shut off and winterized to prevent damage to the water lines. Most picnic tables in large parks will be taken out of service for the winter months.

During the reduced maintenance period there will be less routine maintenance in neighborhood parks including litter control, garbage removal, cleaning picnic tables, walkways, etc. In order to minimize the direct effects on “off-season” park users, the Division will continue to utilize all available volunteer and supplemental labor resources. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Tibby Larson, Parks Operations Volunteer Coordinator, at or 503-589-2197.