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Public Works Day is Back! - 05/25/22

Come to Riverfront Park for the City of Salem’s Public Works Day on June 17, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Public Works services impact all Salem residents by building and maintaining streets and sidewalks, providing clean drinking water, maintaining parks, organizing recreation activities, planning and engineering services, treating our wastewater, and protecting the environment. To recognize the community, we are hosting our annual family-friendly event, Friday, June 17th.

Enjoy family activities including exhibits from divisions within Public Works:

  • Claudia the 29-foot Chinook Salmon
  • Activities for children of all ages
  • Water pipe repair demonstrations
  • See and sit in Public Works equipment on display, such as backhoes, plows, and dump trucks
  • Learn what the City is doing to protect Salem’s drinking water.

Bring your family to learn about what the Public Works Department and its employees do for you. There is no charge for attending, but canned food or cash donations to Marion-Polk Food Share are appreciated.

Continued Rain Expected to Cause High Water - 05/05/22

Salem and areas surrounding the Willamette River may begin to see high water levels for this time of year. Low-lying 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 other areas near the Willamette should use caution. Salem’s smaller streams and creeks are forecasted to rise, particularly if thunderstorms hit our area; potentially causing localized areas of high water through Monday, May 9, 2022. 

The City's High Water Watch webpage features up-to-the-hour information on Salem stream levels and local rainfall amounts. Sandbag filling stations are available. Please visit the City's Sandbag Map for up-to-date information on sandbag locations.

Salem residents are encouraged to visit the City of Salem website to see up-to-date information about stream levelscurrent road conditions, and additional high water safety tips to protect your home.  

Contact the Public Works Dispatch Center 24-hours-a-day at 503–588–6311 to report high water or other weather-related concerns. Sign up with the Marion-Polk Alerts to receive emergency notifications.

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Check Out These 10 Fun Things to Do in Salem (Photo) - 05/03/22

SALEM, Ore. – 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?  

First Friday at Riverside Park: Come celebrate the newest addition to Salem’s Riverfront Park, the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater! Beginning in May, and running through September, on the first Friday of each month (weather dependent) come enjoy free performances by local bands. Performances are for all ages and will begin at 8 p.m.   

First Friday Art Walk: The First Friday Salem Art Walk in downtown Salem happens every first Friday, rain or shine, and runs all year long. The Art Walk runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is a fun and free event to promote local Salem artists and bring people to downtown businesses. Be sure to follow the Art Walk on social media for the latest schedules!  

Movies in the Park: Movies in the Park returns to Riverfront Park this summer. The scheduled dates and films are July 16 (Free Guy, PG-13, starts at 9:00 p.m.), July 30 (Love, Simon, PG-13, starts at 9:00 p.m.), August 6 (Mitchells vs the Machines, PG, starts at 8:30 p.m.), and August 13 (Encanto, PG, starts at 8:00 p.m.).  

IRONMAN: 2021 saw the first-ever, Salem-hosted, IRONMAN 70.3 endurance competition where more than 2,000 athletes competed in the grueling IRONMAN endurance race. Due to the success of the event, IRONMAN will be returning to Salem on July 10, 2022, beginning at Riverfront Park. The sold-out 70.3 mile race will have athletes swim 1.2 miles down the Willamette River, cycle 56 miles through Oregon wine country, and finish with a 13.1 mile run through Minto-Brown Island Park. You can catch some of the activities in either Riverfront or Minto-Brown Parks, or various locations along the cycling and running routes.    

Softball: Softball is back! Through May and June, catch some of the best slowpitch and fastpitch softball action around the state in your Salem parks! Various SoftballCityUSA (City of Salem), USA Softball, USSSA, local, and private games will be held at Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex over the spring and summer. For more information, visit Sports Tournaments.   

Additionally, Salem Parks and Rec will host an ages 8-12 softball 

Youth Sports Camps: Choose from activities like basketball, flag football, pickleball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and even multi-sport camps where kids can learn the basics in each sport. Learn more or sign up for sports camps. 

Nature Camps, Classes, and Recreation: Kids can find a range of themed activities at the summer parks program day camps. Starting June 22, kids can choose from a variety of topics including: Owl Prowl, Spirit Week, Forest Animals, Nature Camp, Lego Camp, and more. Learn more and sign up for kids' campsRecreation fee waivers are available to qualified Salem residents.  

Salem Public Library! With the addition of the West Salem branch reopening, the Salem Library has more to offer than ever before. Discovery Room, Teen Scene, Storytime, Reservable meeting/study spaces, and much, much more. Learn more about what the library can offer. 

PARKS! Did you know, the City of Salem has 90 City parks that cover more than 2,300 acres? With 47 neighborhood parks, 10 community parks, 7 urban parks, and more, Salem offers a variety of open spaces for all kinds of activities. Play, relax, explore, whatever you’re looking to do, chances are, a Salem park has what you’re looking for. For more information about the various city parks, visit Salem Parks.    

Salem is uniquely situated just one hour south of Portland, one hour from the coast, and an hour from the mountains. It has MANY more activities to offer in the surrounding area as well! For more ideas on nearby activities and events, be sure to check out the Travel Salem website.  

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Hayesville Drive NE Closing for Construction in May - 04/29/22

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.

Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses within the closure area; however, the intersection of Hayesville Dr. NE and Harland Drive NE will be fully closed to all motorists. Drivers should use Kale St. NE to travel between Cordon Rd. NE and Lancaster Dr. NE as the preferred detour route. Residents in the Northgate Neighborhood should be aware of construction crews working in the area and follow all directions during the construction project.

We appreciate your patience during this closure. Please feel free to contact Robert Keller with questions regarding this project. The Current Road Conditions Map on the City of Salem website provides up-to-date information on scheduled or emergency road closures in Salem.

Salem Awards Federal Funds to Projects Serving Homeless Community - 04/27/22

Funding recipients serve domestic violence, veteran, single, family and youth in Salem.

Salem, Ore. – 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.

Local projects selected to receive Salem funding:

  • Center for Hope and Safety, HOPE Plaza Project and Services for Victims of Domestic Violence – Hotline and Case Management: $250,000 for construction and $100,000 for case management
  • Salem Housing Authority, Sequoia Crossing Project: $1.5M and $4,000 in project delivery costs
  • Women at the Well, Case Management: $47,000
  • Northwest Human Services, HOST Youth Case Management: $35,965
  • St. Francis Shelter, Case Management: $60,000

The funding application cycle began in October 2021. In early 2022, applications and proposed projects were reviewed based on HOME-ARP eligibility and funding guidelines. 

More information regarding Salem’s HOME-ARP Allocation Plan or Federal Funding programs is available online or by calling 503-588-6178.

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New Ozone Water Treatment is Working as Salem Begins 2022 Algae Season - 04/27/22

The City of Salem is taking steps to safeguard its drinking water in preparation for algal blooms in the North Santiam watershed. Construction of the $48 million state-of-the-art Frank Mauldin Ozone Treatment Facility at Geren Island has been completed, tested, and is up and running in 2022. 

The new facility provides an added layer of protection against algae blooms, severe weather events, and wildfires in the North Santiam Watershed. Ozone is one of the strongest disinfectants used to treat water, even stronger than chlorine, and can remove cyanotoxins or other pollutants that can pose a health risk at increased levels. Ozone produces no taste or odor, and no ozone remains in the water after treatment. 

The City is committed to delivering safe, reliable drinking water to its water customers and is continuing the monitoring program that has been in use since 2018. This program includes closely monitoring and sampling water in Detroit Reservoir, the North Santiam River, and drinking water as it enters the system from Geren Island’s Water Treatment Facility. Water quality test results will be shared on the City’s website at www.cityofsalem/drinking-water. The City coordinates with the Oregon Health Authority, Marion County Environmental Services, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to provide residents and businesses with the best available information on potential public health issues and steps the community can take to keep their families and pets safe. 

Last year, cyanotoxins levels were nearly undetectable in the North Santiam River as it entered the Geren Island Water Treatment Facility. Slow sand filters were able to effectively filter the water entering the system without the use of ozone treatment. This year, Salem’s new ozone facility will be operated continuously as another effective tool against cyanotoxins. 

Salem residents and businesses can prepare for this and other possible emergencies by signing up for Marion/Polk Alerts to receive immediate emergency notifications in English and Spanish. 

For more information, contact the City of Salem at service@cityofsalem.net  or 503-588-6311.