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Battle Creek Park Master Plan: Input on Options

Community Survey #2

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The City of Salem is preparing a master plan for Battle Creek Park, a large 56-acre undeveloped park property located off Commercial Street in South Salem at the former site of the Battle Creek Golf Course.


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The site is currently undeveloped, with creeks, wetlands, trees and open space. The park is designated as an urban park like Bush's Pasture Park, Cascades Gateway Park, and Wallace Marine Park; however, the site is also intended for flood mitigation.

Earlier this summer, we asked for your thoughts on the future Battle Creek Park. We received over 800 responses! From that feedback, three conceptual options for the master plan were developed, each focusing on a different theme (habitat, recreation, blending of habitat and recreation). Some park features are in all three options, such as trails and flood retention, but other features vary or are unique to each option. 

The options for Battle Creek Park are preliminary and conceptual, primarily to gauge the community’s priorities for the site. The final master plan will be a refinement of a preferred option, based on public input. Please review the three options closely and then provide us with your feedback. Thank you again for taking our short survey.
Option 1: Habitat

Description: The focus is on the natural and habitat elements of the park and flood retention, with an emphasis on passive recreation opportunities such as paved and soft trails. Features include:
  • Constructed flood retention basins
  • Enhanced wetlands for wildlife habitat
  • Small overlook for viewing constructed flood retention basin
  • Paved trails: approximately 7,377 lineal feet or about 1.4 miles
  • Soft surface trails: approximately 1,378 lineal feet or about 0.25 miles
  • Play/fitness stations
  • A small parking lot to accommodate 15 vehicles off Waln Drive SE
  • Small restroom - two stalls
  • Small outdoor classroom (earth form) near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • No picnic shelter
  • No skate park
  • No disc golf
  • No playground
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Option 1: Habitat


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Option 2: Recreation

Description: The focus is on recreation uses that are compatible with flood retention. Features include:
  • Constructed flood retention basins
  • Large overlook for viewing constructed basins
  • A year-round 18-hole disc golf course in the upland portion of the park
  • Paved trails: approximately 6,500 lineal feet or about 1.23 miles
  • Soft surface trails: approximately 2,866 lineal feet or about 0.53 miles
  • Fitness stations
  • Large parking lot to accommodate 60 vehicles off Waln Drive SE
  • Large restroom – six stalls
  • Interpretative trail near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Small outdoor classroom (shelter) near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Neighborhood playground near Doral Street SE
  • Picnic shelter near Waln Drive SE
  • Community playground near Waln Drive SE
  • 15,000 sq. ft. skate park near Waln Drive SE
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Option 2: Recreation


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Option 3: Blended

Description: The focus is on balancing recreation and natural elements while also providing flood retention. Features include:
  • Constructed flood retention basins
  • Medium-sized overlook for viewing constructed basins
  • Paved trails: approximately 6,433 lineal feet or about 1.22 miles
  • Soft surface trails: approximately 2,295 lineal feet or about 0.43 miles
  • Play/fitness stations
  • Medium-sized parking lot to accommodate 30 vehicles off Waln Drive SE
  • Medium-sized restroom – four stalls
  • Small outdoor classroom area near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Interpretative trail near Battle Creek Elementary School
  • Picnic shelter near Waln Drive SE
  • Community playground near Waln Drive SE
  • 5,000 sq. ft. skate park near Waln Drive SE
  • 3-hole disc golf course in upland, plus seasonal 6-hole disk golf in a constructed flood retention basin
  • Sculpted earth mounds
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Option 3: Blended


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