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Minto-Brown Island Park, Salem

(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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  • Great place for dogs who are dog friendly and enjoy nature and all sorts of smells! It is like attending a dog show with the number of different dog breeds there! 
  • We take our dogs here every couple days to give them a good run. Never had a problem with other dogs. People are generally good and pick up after their pets. 
  • After having a lovely Thanksgiving meal with my kids, we decided to get out and burn off some of the calories...um, no...I mean we thought it would be nice to go on a nature walk. Minto-Brown was clos...  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.