Update: Riverfront Park Master Plan

In May, we announced the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater would be moving to the new 3.8 acres of parkland to be developed at the south end of Riverfront Park. The new location allows for several potential improvements including better sun angles, enhanced views, vehicle access without the need to wind through the entire park, and an increase in audience capacity.

Over the past few months, we’ve been collaborating with the City of Salem to appropriately site the structure in this new location. This undertaking has been one small part of the City’s development of a broader Master Plan for Riverfront Park. This Master Plan will be presented by the City at a community meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, at 6pm at Pringle Community Hall. For more information about the meeting, click here.

With the orientation of the new amphitheater identified, CB Two Architects is hard at work making slight design modifications to suit the new location. As designs are being updated, we’re also preparing to re-launch fundraising efforts, which were put on hold following the change in location. Thanks in large part to the generosity of Rotarians, we currently have approximately $650,000 in commitments toward the project.

We look forward to sharing new design renderings in the coming months. And if you haven’t yet had an opportunity to contribute to this exciting community project, donate here!

2 comments on “Update: Riverfront Park Master Plan

  1. I am disabled and am able to go to the current amphitheater because of the tiers. I cannot get up and down off the ground or chair seats less than 12” tall. It allows me to be with my group of friends and not over in the handicapped area on display. My friends in wheelchairs can also be with us at the end of the rows. The tiers are vital.

    • Toni – It was nice to speak with you last night following the Parks Board meeting. We hear your concerns and are talking with the City about an audience area design that will accommodate those who are disabled in a way similar to the current amphitheater seating. We definitely want you and your friends, and others who experience issues with mobility, to be able to enjoy the new amphitheater!

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