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Minto-Brown Island Park, Salem

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • To: Regret going here, you must be talking about the other two parks that are set up for the homeless to live in instead of taking up the downtown sidewalks. Two parks are designated for them and...  more »
  • Excellent trails with informational signs and maps adjacent to Riverfront Park. Family, bike and skate friendly.  more »
  • Great open, unfenced park for all the wonderful pups! Your sitter favorite dog sitter and our mascot, Audrey, will be visiting Minto-Brown Island Park in Salem to meet prospective clients and answer any questions, as well as get to know our wonderful pup! Meet us there SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1PM-3PM. Don't miss the opportunity to visit your new dog/ house sitter and meet your pup's new favorite playmate! See you there! 🐶🐾
  • They have done so many improvements to the paved trails since I have been there last. Having several options to choose from helps with variety of workouts. We enjoy the generally flat paths. The trees and river are beautiful. This park is clean and safe, well used and much appreciated by the citizens of the Salem area. It is a real asset to the community. Well worth your visit

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