After almost four years of advocacy by the neighbors of the Northeast Salem Community Association (NESCA), Salem city council will consider purchasing the D Street Field for a city park. The property is located at the northwest corner of the former North Campus of the Oregon State Hospital, and is bound by D Street NE to the north and 23rd Street NE to the east.
City Council will vote on the sale at its regular meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, June 12.
NESCA first identified the purchase the D Street Field as a city park as a priority in December 2013.
Neighbors worked with Senator Peter Courtney, State Representative Brian Clem, and the state to advocate for the property to be purchased at a fair price for public use.
The purchase is supported by the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Friends of D Street Field, Oregon State Employees Softball League, Salem Spartans Rugby Team, and many neighborhood associations and community members.
The D Street Field is a traditional gathering place and recreation area for the broader community because of its central location, available parking, level topography, and square shape that makes it an ideal location for the Salem Spartans Rugby team to practice, the State Softball League to play games, and other organizations and friends and families to gather.
This green space will offer the residents of Yaquina Hall, recently acquired by the City as affordable housing, a needed recreation area within walking distance.