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Parks and more!

Bike, Hike, Run, Walk, or Sightsee. It's all just a few blocks from WU.

Outdoor Activities & Parks

So many miles of parks, so little time.

Local Parks

Being fit doesn't just mean going to the gym. Attending Willamette University means that we have the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Check out the local parks around Salem or venture out into the great outdoors with our Outdoor Program! Grab a bike from our Bike Shop. With so much access, we make it easy to get outdoors!

Bush Park

Bush Park

Located just a block south of campus, this 90-acre park has several miles of running trails that meander lush, wooded areas and open meadows. It is also home to Willamette University's football stadium, track, and baseball field. With rose gardens, lighted tennis courts, and lots of space to explore, this is a terrific park that has something for every mood you are in!

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Riverfront Bridge

Riverfront Park

Salem's Riverfront Park is a great spot for a picnic, throw the frisbee, take a casual stroll, or just enjoy the sunset. It is home to lots of summer events including weekly summer movie series, concert series, fun runs and races, festivals, and even a carousel! Maybe more importantly, both the north and south end of the park have foot bridges that give you access to miles of trails, sports fields, and more!

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Minto Brown

Minto Brown Park

Minto-Brown Island Park spreads out over 1,200 acres of lush, open, and wooded areas. This makes Minto-Brown Island Park not only the biggest park in Salem, but also larger than Central Park in New York City. There is a 30-acre, designated off-leash dog area. Walk, bike, or run any of the 29 miles of trail that make up nine loops. Getting there is easy - just walk a few blocks to Riverfront Park and take the new foot bridge!

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Outdoor Program

Outdoor Program

If you want to venture a little further off campus to experience Oregon's natural beauty, the Outdoor Program is your place. The program takes Willamette University students on over 100 trips each year! Better yet, we can outfit you with all the gear you need to experience the outdoors yourself. Located in the Campus Recreation Montag Center, the program puts the outdoors at your fingertips! Learn More