In a nutshell: With recently-updated basketball and tennis courts, a splash fountain, soccer fields and new playground equipment, you won’t find a better park with a stormwater treatment facility on site.
Size: 16 acres
Where it is: It’s along River Road just south of the Keizer city limits as River Road and Broadway fork. It’s on the west side of River Road from Fred Meyer.
Mowing level: Excellent.
What’s there: This City of Salem-operated park has a lot going for it. Everything there is built within the past five years. As mentioned there’s many things a sporting person could want, including soccer fields, basketball goals and tennis courts. Everything has a clean feel.
A splash fountain is open virtually every day during the hot summer months. There’s several picnic tables with shelters and that new-fangled playground equipment that keeps the kiddos’ knees scrape-free.
It also features new clean bathrooms, a paved trail system good for either biking or walking.
Parking: It’s ample, with some 91 spaces. Access is from River Road, just across from Fred Meyer.
Park history: The old park was completely demolished to make way for the River Road Wet Weather Treatment Facility; it runs when the Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility gets overwhelmed by rainwater and keeps raw sewage from flowing into the Willamette River.
The park stems from an old sewage treatment plant on site.
Miscellany: While this is a great park, the biggest shortcoming in our book is, aside from a few peeks through the foliage, river views and access are extremely limited. In fairness, it’s a steep bank and no one likes to take out trees unless it’s necessary. Cottonwood and fir trees line the river.