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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.HistoryIn 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.FeaturesThe 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.Future developmentin 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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  • We love to visit the park pretty much anytime of the year, but the spring and fall are the best. It is located next to the Willamette river and offers great trail for running, walking, or biking.  more »
  • This is a great place for active outdoor activities incorporating jogging or bicycling. Miles and miles of paths. The new bridge now connects the park to downtown, which is wonderful as you can now bi...  more »
  • We found this park on a "what to do in Salem" site and we're so glad we took the time to explore. There are trails, ponds, bridges, creeks, flora and fauna everywhere. The park is on an island which m...  more »
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  • A very versatile park! Something for everyone! Has a bike tool station. Water play and climbing structures for kids. Many paths for bikes and runners. Great views of the river with benches for viewing enjoyment.
  • Miles of beautiful bike paths through nature. Also a playground and a dog park. The new bridge connecting to the river front park makes it accessible to cyclists from downtown.
  • Been coming here since I was a small boy and now bringing my not yet two year old son here. Hopefully he'll love it as much as I have. =:xB
  • Great place to walk along the river. Excellent dog park area where dogs can play without being on a lease. Lots of bike and walking paved trails too.
  • Great park for families, hiking, walking and having a picnic. Just wish they had more revenue to better patrol and maintaine the park.