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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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  • I love this place. This is a great place to walk alone or with friends, even when the weather isn't ideal. There are so many paths, I still haven't found every single one. The only unfortunate thing i...  more »
  • While we're not dog owners (we have 2 cats) we thoroughly enjoyed a sunny Saturday stroll on the nicely paved trails. Watching all the dogs enjoy themselves was therapeutic. It's been so grey lately t...  more »
  • Great place for meander thru local habitats, field, forest, river, lots of bird variety. No drinking water..Byo. portable toilets  more »
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  • Great place to ride a bike! I've got a10 mile route I ride with a variety of terrain; paved, dirt and gravel. The expansion opening soon well make it even better.
  • Love the dog park. Lots of friendly dogs and people. Plenty of space to wonder around in trees and open spaces.
  • Its a nice place for walking and biking. When one thinks they have walked it all, they have probably missed a good chunk of it. Currently in construction is a bridge to connect the Waterfront Park and Wallace Marine Park altogether with bridges to make an even bigger walking and biking experience. Minto Brown is built right down by the river though and some trails are prone to flooding in the wet months, which are many, months, in the great state of Oregon. However, numerous trails are still available.
  • Quickly becoming my favorite park in Salem. There's so much open space. You can find wild apple trees, and wild blackberries. There's also a spot in the forest that looks like that Hidden Forest Level in Mortal Kombat.
  • Great walk / biking paths. Places to kayak, fantastic off leash dog park. Very easy to get to.