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May 2009 Vol. 12 No. 3
Published bi-monthly by Parks Operations Group of the City of Salem’s Public Works Department.

Celebrate Oregon’s Birthday by Volunteering at Wallace Marine Park
Take Care of Oregon Days Happy 150th! Can you say sesquicentennial?
Saturday, May 16th 9 a.m.— Noon Ivy removal, trail clearing & trash pick-up
One way you can pay tribute to this place you call home is by being a part of Take Care of Oregon Days. Oregonians from every corner of the state are invited to roll up their sleeves during Oregon's birthday commemoration to give back to their state. We all know Oregon is a special place, but it needs all of our help to remain that way. Everyone can do their part in maintaining the quality of life and vitality of Oregon, and in turn celebrate all that it has to offer. Take Care of Oregon activities are about having fun, bringing friends together and commemorating our state. And it's so easy to be involved! This event is registered with SOLV as an official Take Care of Oregon event. Wallace Marine Park is at 200 Glen Creek Road NW. Enter the Park and stay right at the Y. Drive until you see the restrooms on the left. Circle and park in the lot near the restrooms. We will meet in the picnic area. Remember to wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes or boots. We will provide tools and gloves as well as bottled water. You’ll be asked to sign-in when you arrive. Please call or email in advance to register, so that we have enough water and gloves for everyone. To register, if you have any questions, or need more information, please contact: Tibby Larson, Volunteer Coordinator, 503-589-2197,

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Two New Spray Fountains Will be Open This Summer!
Riverfront Park Spray Fountain, 200 Water Street NE. The estimated completion date is May 30, with a formal dedication ceremony July 4. Watch for details coming soon! River Road Park, 3045 River Road N. The park will be open this summer! A grand opening celebration is being planned – look for a date and details coming soon!

Spring Park Stars are Shining
Friends of Pioneer Cemetery field crew and their volunteers have straightened headstones, repaired headstones, and performed spring cleaning. Soma Church rehabilitated a trail & refurbished hog fuel on the playground at Orchard Heights Park. Park Partners from Tierra Rose Care Center performed litter pick-up at Weathers Park. Kiwanis Club painted fire hydrants in West Salem. Eugenia Sosa & crew cleared blackberries along north soccer fields at Wallace Marine Park. Staff from Country Financial conducted litter pick-up at Riverfront Park, Minto-Brown Park and Bush’s Pasture Park. Students from Immanuel Lutheran School rehabilitated a trail at Woodmansee Park. Abiqua Elementary School students rehabilitated a trail at Wes Bennett Park on Earth Day. Abiqua Middle School rehabilitated a trail at Weathers Park on Earth Day. Willamette University Atkinson Business students cleaned up sloughs at Minto-Brown Island Park.

Volunteer at Movies in the Park
Salem Riverfront Park Amphitheater Enjoy watching free movies under the stars on a large 24-foot screen! July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22 and August 29th Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Shows start at dusk.
Several volunteers are needed for each movie. Volunteers will welcome movie goers, circulate donation buckets and hand out flyers for upcoming movies. Helpers need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and plan to work to until approximately 8:30 p.m. To register to volunteer at a movie, please contact: Tibby Larson at 503-589-2197 or

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Stay Cool in Salem’s Parks This Summer!
The following self-operating spray fountains are open beginning June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day: Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S. Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE River Road Park, 3045 River Road North (New facility opening this summer!) Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW The following spray fountain is operated by City of Salem recreation staff from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 22 through August 13 when the weather is 70 degrees or warmer: Englewood Park, 1260 19th Street NE

Hoover Park Sign Rehab
Wayne Sharp and the Salemtowne sign rehabilitation crew are currently rehabilitating the Hoover Park sign!

Girl Scout Troop #10005 spent a day planting flowers in the hanging baskets for Wallace Marine Park Sports Complex. Thank you Girl Scouts!

Eagle Scouts
When a Boy Scout has earned 21 merit badges and has received his Life Scout rank, he is eligible to work toward his Eagle Scout rank. One requirement of the Eagle Scout rank is that the Scout plan, organize and direct a project of significant value to the community. planned, organized and directed the rehabilitation of two deteriorated information kiosks at Bush’s Pasture Park. His project included removing both roofs, re-framing the roofs and applying roofing materials, as well as priming and painting both structures. Jared was able to get many materials donated for his project.

Jared Rogers

Craig Reno

recruited and supervised the rehabilitation of an additional information kiosk at Bush Park, performing the roof removal, re-framing the roof, applying roof materials, as well as priming and painting the structure. Craig also rebuilt the back to a park bench that is near the kiosk and removed the sod under the kiosk and bark dusted it. Craig was able to get many materials donated for his project.

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Outstanding Partners
On April 18 Marion County and City of Salem partnered to conduct a very successful Earth Day weed pull event. Volunteers gathered at Morning Star Community Church to learn the basics of using a weed wrench to pull Scotch broom. Marion County vans were used to transport volunteers to the south side of Kuebler Blvd. from Commercial Street to the east. By noon, the roadside was cleared within a short distance of Stroh Lane. The volunteers cleared a volume of 50-yards of Scotch broom. The following Saturday, April 25, another large group of volunteers continued Scotch broom removal efforts east down Kuebler Blvd., past Stroh Lane, clearing another 30-yards volume of weeds. Thank you for your commitment to our community!

Safeway—South Commercial Starbucks Colin Wilson Willamette University Students

South Gateway Neighborhood Association Morning Star Community Church South Salem Senior Center Roger & Laurene Brousseau

What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual, caring approach that no government program, however well-meaning and well-executed can deliver.
~ Edward James Olmos

Park Improvement Projects to be Completed This Summer!
These projects have been funded through partnerships between neighborhood associations and the City of Salem Park Improvement Fund. Watch for dates and details coming soon! Sumpter Park – The South Gateway Neighborhood Association will be planning a celebration event for two brand new playground facilities at Sumpter Park. Hoover School/Park – Northeast Salem Community Action will be planning their celebration event when Hoover Park playground reopens with new play equipment, shelter, and walkways. Fairmount Park – South Central Association of Neighbors will be planning an event to celebrate the installation of new play equipment at their park.

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April Partners of the Month
reported to Cascades Gateway Park disc golf course for their annual Comcast Cares volunteer event. Comcast contributed the supplies for a footbridge to span a drainage ditch where disc golf players walk through from basket #7 to basket #8. The volunteers spent the day at the park building and installing the footbridge, clearing blackberries where they were encroaching on tee pads and basket areas, they trimmed brush and blackberries at the edges of fairways, they spread wood chips in the high traffic areas and they applied gravel around the tee pads.

Comcast employees

Thank you Comcast, for your commitment to getting involved in the community and making it a better place to live. Salem knows for sure, that Comcast cares!

Volunteer Opportunities at the Wallace Marine Softball Complex
Here’s the pitch……..
Adult and teen volunteers are needed throughout the softball season to help keep score during softball tournaments and to give visitors directions to local attractions. Volunteer once, several times, or all season long.

Check the website for tournament dates: To learn more, or to register as a volunteer, please contact Billy Powers, Recreation/Softball Coordinator at or 503-588-6261.

Volunteer Opportunities at Pioneer Cemetery
Basic maintenance at City-owned Pioneer Cemetery is accomplished by tree-trimming crews, contract mowing services, and other Parks Maintenance personnel. The upkeep of neglected grave sites, however, depends on community volunteers. The Friends of Pioneer Cemetery is seeking volunteers for several Saturday events. Community volunteer work parties begin at 9:00 a.m. To join the work force on any or all of these dates, contact Tibby Larson, Parks Volunteer Coordinator, at or 503-589-2197. June 13 July 11 August 8 Headstone straightening and repairs, moss removal, vine-pulling Headstone straightening and repairs, moss removal, vine-pulling Headstone straightening and repairs, moss removal, vine-pulling

Paint the Town Yellow
With the weather improving, fire hydrant painters are needed. Painting fire hydrants is a terrific volunteer project for a family, individual or group. Fire hydrants are painted to make them more visible in the event of an emergency. All the equipment needed to scrape, clean, and paint the hydrants is provided. A map of hydrants is provided for the neighborhood selected. Contact Tibby Larson, Parks Volunteer Coordinator at or at 503-589-2197.

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