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Minto-Brown Island Park, Salem

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Minto-Brown Island Park is the largest park in Salem, Oregon, United States.
In 1857, Isaac Brown established his home on what came to be known as Brown’s Island, near the west bank of the Willamette River. There Brown raised livestock, farm produce, and tobacco. In 1867, John Minto purchased and cleared land on an island near the east bank, turning it into productive farmland. That island would later come to be named Minto Island. Due to flooding the land those two men settled are no longer true islands. The area is still subject to periodic flooding, which prevents it from being developed. Instead, restoration projects have added thousands of trees and converted many agricultural acres to native plantings. This prevents soil erosion, improves wildlife habitat, and promotes water quality.
The park has a playground, a reservable shelter, walking, jogging and bike trails, picnic areas, a dog park, several fishing spots, and a paddle boat area.
in 2013, a purchase of of Boise Cascade property was added to the existing 898acre park for a total of. The property will be the landing point for the Peter Courtney Pedestrian Bridge from Riverfront Park, scheduled for completion in 2016. As of 2015, additional paved trails are being planned and a new master plan is being developed.
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  • Very large, mostly wild park on the banks of the Willamette river. Extensive walking/running/biking trails. Particularly beautiful in spring and summer when flowers and trees in bloom. Large dog... 
    Very large, mostly wild park on the banks of the Willamette river. Extensive walking/running/biking trails. Particularly beautiful in spring and summer when flowers and trees in bloom. Large dog...  more »
  • Minto Brown Island Park is across from Riverfront Park and accessed from Riverfront Park by a bridge. Trails and foot paths offer access to natural habitats 
    Minto Brown Island Park is across from Riverfront Park and accessed from Riverfront Park by a bridge. Trails and foot paths offer access to natural habitats  more »
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  • 👍👍HUGE, beautiful park. Floating dock to fish from or swim in river from. Off leash pets welcome. Salem Park Operations does an AMAZING job taking care of our parks, which there are approximately 70 or so. Check them out and bring your appetite... there are barbecues!👩‍🌾
  • Nice, large park, separated for different uses. Great hiking/biking trails, nice off-leash dog park (better if fenced), small playground area- unless there is more than one. Several portapotties, but limited parking during busier times.

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