Salem, Oregon

Submit Questions for June 15 City Manager Candidate Virtual Forum

​After a four-month recruitment and candidate screening process, the Salem City Council has selected three candidates for consideration as Salem's next City Manager. On Wednesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m., candidates will be available to answer questions from community members and City staff. The candidates include:. Taylor Adams, currently Deputy...

Splash Fountains Open June 21, 2022

​Salem’s self-operating splash fountains will be open every day beginning Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Spray fountains are a fun way to stay cool during the hot summer weather. The splash fountains at Riverfront and River Road Parks are open two hours earlier than the splash fountains at the smaller neighborhood parks.

Indian School Excavation Reveals Thousands of Artifacts

​Archaeologists, students and volunteers uncovered more than 3,500 artifacts during an April excavation of sites connected with the former Oregon Indian Mission Manual Labor School and the school's administration building (later known as the parsonage). A Preserving Oregon grant awarded to Willamette University from Oregon Heritage is partially funding this...

Meet Oscar the Orca!

​Introducing Oscar the Orca to the Clean Streams Team and our environmental education programming!. Oscar is a giant inflatable orca that people can walk through. This amazing educational tool will help teach students and community members about orcas, their adaptations, behaviors, diet, habitat, and threats to their habitat – like plastic pollution in the ocean.

Salem Announces Recipients of 2022 Entitlement Funds

​The City of Salem annually receives HOME Investment Partnerships and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Salem and its local partners use these resources to implement a wide range of projects and activities to address homelessness, expand affordable housing, and provide supportive services.

2022 Summer Reading Club starts June 7

​Children, teens, and adults are all invited to read and earn rewards this summer as we kick off our Salem Public Library Summer Reading Club on Tuesday, June 7. Our theme is Read Beyond the Beaten Path!. Summer Reading Club participation is easy and free. Simply sign up online through...

29 Graduating Seniors Earn City Recognition for Volunteerism

​Thanks to the 29 graduating high school seniors receiving Service Honors Recognition pins this year, Salem's community is a bit better now than it was before they started high school. "Discovering volunteer opportunities with the City of Salem completely changed my social life," said Mandy Marcos of Early College High...

Poll Focuses on Community Improvement Bond Perceptions

​Thank you for sharing your ideas for Salem’s Community Improvements Bond! Beginning May 24, 2022, you may be contacted to participate in a City-sponsored telephone poll, sometimes with a text inquiry, to gauge perceptions about the proposal and assess support for the measure. You can see how your ideas...

In-Person Family Storytime Resumes

Youth Services staff are very excited to resume weekly in-person storytimes at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Early literacy rich storytimes are a great way for children to develop the skills that will prepare them for kindergarten success. May 24 will feature a special Bilingual edition in English and Spanish. The...

Downtown Storywalk

Salem Public Library and downtown shops are partnering to encourage families to take a stroll together in downtown Salem, and enjoy the story Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell in storefront windows. Stop in at participating businesses to pick up a map and mark your progress, or print a copy of the map. The adventure begins at Archive Coffee & Bar, located at 102 Liberty St NE #120. Return your maps to the Children's Corner in the main library to receive a prize!

Meet the New Clean Streams Team Member

Meet the newest Clean Streams Team member, Luke Westphal. Luke joins the Stormwater Outreach team as the new Urban Streamside Program Coordinator. In this position, he will help coordinate the Annual Summer Stream Cleaning internship program and outreach with creekside landowners to provide resources and technical assistance to improve habitat and reduce erosion and support local efforts to control invasive plant species and plant native streamside vegetation. Luke began his tenure with the City of Salem in 2007 and worked with the stream crew through 2011 while attending Willamette University for a BA in Earth & Environmental Studies. From 2012 to 2022, he worked as the Executive Director of the nonprofit Greater Yamhill Watershed Council in McMinnville, Oregon leading a variety of stream and upland habitat restoration programs with public, private, and tribal landowners across Yamhill and Polk Counties. Luke is excited to return to work with the City of Salem and looks forward to reconnecting with all the local creeks and community members.

Continued Rain Expected to Cause High Water

Salem and areas surrounding the Willamette River may begin to see high water levels for this time of year. Low-laying trails and park areas along the Willamette River may be impacted as water levels increase over the next few days. Those who use Minto-Brown Island Park, Wallace Marine Park, and...

Salem Seeks Ideas for New Playground in Wallace Marine Park

Salem is updating the playground structure in Wallace Marine Park and is looking for ideas from residents on ways to improve the play structure near the soccer fields. An online survey with information about 3 new proposals for the updated park feature is available now. The survey is open until May 22, 2022 and presented in both English and Spanish languages.

Check Out These 10 Fun Things to Do in Salem

​Enjoy more summer fun this year as Salem's parks and public spaces host a full slate of activities. Here are 10 fun things Salem has to offer this spring and summer:. Civic 50th Anniversary: Come celebrate with us as the City of Salem's Civic Center turns 50 years old! On August 18, the City of Salem's Civic Center celebration of architecture, people, art, and history will take place. The Civic Center has been nominated for listing on the National Registrar of Historic Places due to its representation of Salem's community planning and development in the 1960s and 1970s. If you, or someone you know, had a part in the 1972 opening, or memories during its lifetime, please share your memories and photos at the following link: What were you doing in 1972?

Climate Action Committee Formed to Assess Next Steps Forward

​A Climate Action Plan Committee (CAP) has been established and will begin monthly meetings on Thursday, May 5, 2022. This Committee will review recommended strategies and guide the next steps for the implementation of Salem’s Climate Action Plan. This Plan includes 183 separate strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing community resiliency in Salem.

Hayesville Drive NE Closing for Construction in May

​Haysville Drive NE between Lancaster Drive NE and Cordon Road NE will be closed to traffic beginning May 9, 2022, for about two months. The road closure will allow contractors to complete work on a new sanitary sewer pump station and other utility upgrades in the area. This project is in partnership with Marion County Public Works.

Projects Serving Salem’s Homeless Community Receive Federal Funds

​The City of Salem received over $2M dollars in America Rescue Plan (ARPA) HOME funding to assist local for-profit and non-profit businesses that met the federal program's funding priorities: crisis referral, crisis intervention, services to homeless youth, safety net services (domestic violence), new construction of affordable housing, and case management.

Vote for the 2023 Salem Reads Book

Our Salem Reads Title Selection Committee has been hard at work, reviewing possible books for the 2023 Salem Reads: One Book, One Community project. The list has been narrowed to three excellent choices. Now it is up to you, the public, to make the final decision. You can vote online through Saturday, May 7.