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Parks to Visit during Social Distancing in Salem, OR

Social Distancing affects everyone differently, and for some, that means the desire to go outside, especially as it gets warmer outside increases. While gatherings are prohibited, and state parks are closed according to the executive order from Governor Brown, there has not been one ordering the closure of local parks. If that changes, please stay home and on your own property. Until that time, maintaining social distance of 6 feet or greater is possible in large parks like the following. Read on to learn more about these parks! 


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Riverfront Park

200 Water St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Since Riverfront Park includes more than 20 acres of space, it makes for a great location to go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors. During social distancing, the amphitheater and other features should be avoided, but there is plenty of scenery to take in because of the outdoor sculpture and community art project in place. Avoid touching door handles, knobs or other frequently touched surfaces, and maintain social distance at all times!

Minto-Brown Island Park

2200 Minto Island Rd SW SE
Salem, OR 97302

If you haven’t heard about Minto-Brown Island Park, you should know it is the largest park in the city. With numerous biking, jogging, and walking trails, this park is a great place to go sight-seeing and to take in the outdoors. Due to its size, gatherings are unlikely to form unintentionally, which is beneficial during the current virus outbreak. Visitors should observe social distance, travel in approved-size gatherings and avoid touching any surfaces that may be frequently touched.

 


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Orchard Heights Park

1165 Orchard Heights Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304

Orchard Heights Park is a well-rounded park experience that lets people visiting the park see both wildlife and park mainstays like a playground, and sporting facilities like a baseball diamond and basketball hoops. It’s not the biggest park, but it is well-suited to brief walks. As always, be sure to travel in approved gathering sizes and avoid touching potentially infected surfaces and maintain social distance.

Sumpter City Park

574 Wormwood St SE,
Salem, OR 97306

Convenient to Sumpter Elementary School is a small city park. It may not be good for much more than a brief walk outside during social distancing precautions, but that’s all people should do during a virus outbreak anyway. Remember not to form gatherings and keep 6 feet away from others. If this or any of these parks close, obey all local laws and stay home for everyone’s safety!


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