City of Salem Park Rules During the Eclipse

Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge

Salem, Oregon has many beautiful and iconic parks. Due to the large open spaces in these parks, they will be a draw for many people to gather and watch the eclipse. The city will enforce park rules. If you’re planning on spending August 21 at the park, here are some things you need to know.

Park Rules

  • Don’t litter
    This one is should be obvious. If you pack it in, you must dispose of it properly or take it home with you.
  • No smoking
    Smoking and vaping are not allowed in any park in Salem. This includes parking lots located on park property. This also includes e-cigarettes, marijuana, or cannabis products.
  • Dogs
    Your dog will need to stay on a leash unless it is in an off-leash area. Scoop laws also apply.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol is not allowed in City parks.

Because of the unique nature of this event, the City will allow people to set up a small tent, or roll out a sleeping bag/blanket in a park to save their viewing spot beginning the evening of August 19. All other park rules will still be enforced. High impact camping activities such as RV’s, trailers, vehicles in the grass, open fires, or digging pits are not allowed.

Most visitors to Salem will be at one of the many privately hosted events, or will choose one of the City’s large parks. City employees will be present at the parks where the largest crowds are expected. Next week, the City will announce which parks will have a staffed information/paramedic aid station. All parks will be monitored by public works staff, with the 13 large parks having a dedicated presence. Other City parks will be visited on a route basis.

The City is placing additional restroom facilities and drinking water in the following parks:

The following parks will have additional restroom facilities:

City staff will make a presentation at the beginning of the August 14 City Council meeting regarding eclipse preparation plans. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, located at 555 Liberty Street SE. If you are not able to attend the meeting in person, you can watch the livestream at home via one of the following methods:

The City will continue to provide updates in the days leading up to, during, and after the event. Please visit for more information and resources on how you can prepare for the event.