Comprehensive Park System Master Plan Update

Salem Proposed Park System

The City of Salem’s park system has grown to 46 developed parks encompassing more than 1,600 acres. Since publication of the 1999 Comprehensive Parks System Master Plan (CPSMP), many existing parks were renovated, access barriers removed, and land acquired to fulfill projected park needs throughout the city. Salem needed to understand how to meet current park needs and how anticipated demographic shifts would impact future provision of park and recreation services.

Working as an extension of City staff, ESA assisted the City in updating its CPSMP. We led public outreach efforts to local organizations and supported public open house and City Council hearings. We reviewed previous documentation from the 1999 CPSMP, and worked with City staff to update changes in population and demographics, and to identify parkland and facility needs. We created and refined maps in ArcGIS including the existing and proposed park and trail system, neighborhood park service areas, existing and potential access barriers, and recreation facility distribution. The maps were used as planning tools to guide equitable recreation access across the city. The CPSMP update, completed in 2015, identified where neighborhood and community parks would be needed through 2035 and provided an updated Systems Development Charge method to partially fund the acquisition of properties and facilities needed to implement the master plan.

ESA led the successful stakeholder-driven development of the CPSMP that includes goals, policies, needs, priorities, and an implementation plan to guide City park acquisition and development through 2035.

Specialized Services

  • Master planning
  • Park and land management plans