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Salem's Splash Fountains Close for the 2014 Season

Splash fountains are a favorite destination throughout the summer.

Salem fountain
Salem fountains cease to be a playplace until next summer.
Photo: Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - Today is the last day to run through a fountain in Salem, Oregon.... until next summer, that is.

At 8 p.m., Thursday, September 25, all park splash fountains will cease to operate for the season. These include Wes Bennett Park, Englewood Park, Northgate Park, West Salem Park, Fairmount Park, River Road Park, and Riverfront Park splash fountains.

The ever-popular City of Salem park splash fountains operate seasonally from mid-June through September depending on weather.

The cool fall weather this week has put a halt to activities in the fountains.

Salem's citizens have been fortunate to have such a variety of beautiful park sites.

In 1950, there were eight park areas totaling 113 acres. Today, the park system has grown to over 2,200 acres of both developed and undeveloped park land.

The City's park system includes 35 neighborhood parks that meet the basic "close-to-home" park needs, along with six community and six urban parks which provide a larger variety of park facilities and areas for Salem's outdoor lovers, and for many organized recreation and leisure activities.

Salem also has wonderful natural areas. Minto-Brown Island Park is our largest park and natural area encompassing 1200 acres of land, complete with trails for hiking and mountain-biking. This is a very popular park to take dogs as well.

Salemites take advantage of the parks year round, but they will have to wait to play in the fountains until next year. That's something to look forward to.

Learn more about the parks by checking out this Interactive Map, and get up-to-date information about parks and recreation and how you can volunteer by viewing Salem's monthly newsletter, Community Connection!.

Source: City of Salem

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