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Minto-Brown Island Park, Salem

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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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  • Easy walking trails, birdlife, deer, rabbits, Willamette River, blackberries, all in one fabulous park for all to enjoy. We always see bikers, moms and dads with kids and pushing strollers, walkers an...  read more »
  • Took a quick hike down to the river, walked down a fallen tree to view the slough. Peaceful, quiet and clean. 
  • Such a beautifull place to walk, run or bike! Wondrous views and you take your stroll! I believe there is also a dog park too. 
  • 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.
  • The trails are paved and full of wildlife. It's a beautiful quiet park with a nice sized pond for fishing and the river also runs through it. A great place to take your dog.
  • This is not a dog park. Although, it is advertised as such even on the park signage. It's a park that allows dogs. Dogs and children are freely running in the same small area. Strange dogs can provoke unexpected behavior from small children and vice versa. There is no fenced in area for dogs. Calling the section a "dog park" is irresponsible at best. I would expect the city of Salem to have more understanding of liability and basic dog safety than this.
  • Great place to walk and enjoy nature. With miles of walking trails snaking around the Willamette River there is always a beautiful peaceful path to take. Also has one of the better dog parks in town. Let your dog run free and interact with other.
  • Love this place. Great dog park and lots of trails for walking and jogging. So excited for the bridge that will connect to the riverfront park.
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