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Community walks throughout the Salem Area

Weekly Walk Events

It’s a great day to walk with your neighbors!

Note: although the walks happen each week, there’s no weekly commitment or registration required, and you don’t have to live in the neighborhood to participate. Feel free to drop in and Just Walk! Keep in mind that for safety reasons, we request that walk leaders do not go out unless there are at least two other walkers. All walks are free.

This symbol means that dogs are welcome as walking partners! All dogs should be friendly, leashed, and up-to-date on shots for the safety of walkers and other dogs.

Click here to view our calendar on Meetup.com, and click here for a printable version of the schedule.

Sundays

12:15 pm:  LifeSource Natural Foods

Walk with Jennifer Carley, founder of Just Walk Salem. Meet on the front patio at LifeSource Natural Foods (2649 Commercial St. SE). From there, the group will either walk the hills behind the store or go through the historic Pioneer Cemetery. LifeSource rewards each walker with a free piece of fruit when they return from the walk.

Mondays

9:00 am:  Bush’s Pasture Park

Choose from one or two figure-eight loops for a 1 mile or a 2 1/2 mile walk in Bush’s Pasture Park (600 Mission St. SE). The park has bark and asphalt paths with some inclines and stairs. Water and restrooms are available. Meet at the southwest corner near the playground. Parking is available on Leffelle St. Rain or shine. (Walk leader: Ann)

9:30 am:  Judson Middle School area

Walk through the Faye Wright neighborhood from Judson Middle School (4512 Jones Rd. SE). The group walks about 2 to 3 miles on flat ground with an occasional short hill. It takes them between 45 minutes to an hour. The walk goes rain or shine, but please call ahead (503-364-7021) to let them know that you’re coming. (Walk leader: Barbara)

Tuesdays

5:30 am:  Early Bird Walk from Bryan Johnston Park

Calling all morning people! Meet at Bryan Johnston Park (located at 400 Mildred Lane SE) to jump-start your day and maybe even see the sunrise on a 2-mile paved loop around the park and Creekside Golf Course. The route takes about 30-45 minutes, depending upon the group’s pace. There is parking along Mildred Lane. The neighborhood is hilly, so wear your cross-trainers! Note: the group will not walk if it is raining. (Walk leader: Anne)

10:00 am:  Walk with a Firefighter in Keizer **canceled Nov. 24**

Join staff from the Keizer Fire District for a 45-minute family-friendly walk through Keizer Station. The route is paved and flat and there is plenty of parking–there’s even coffee available! Meet at Panera (6110 Keizer Station Blvd). Dogs and strollers welcome. The walk goes rain or shine. (Walk leader: Anne-Marie)

11:00 am:  West Salem Walk

Walk from the West Salem branch of the Public Library (395 Glen Creek Rd. NW) through Wallace Marine Park, across the Union St. railroad bridge, and back. This is a relatively flat, moderately-paced walk that takes about 45 minutes. (Walk leader: Nancy)

5:30 pm:  Pringle Creek Community Walk

Meet at Painters Hall (3911 Village Center Dr SE) and walk the grounds of the sustainably-designed Pringle Creek Community for about 45 minutes. This is a flat and easy walk, and the group goes rain or shine. (Walk leader: Sue)

Wednesdays

9:00 am:  Walk with a City Councilor at Minto-Brown Island Park

Walk with Warren Bednarz, City Councilor for Ward 7. Meet at the off-leash dog area parking lot inside Minto-Brown (2200 Minto Island Rd. SW). The group walks a 2/3 mile loop at least once. There is water available for both people and dogs. (Walk leaders: Warren and Pat)

9:00 am:  Downtown Walk with 350 Salem

Meet at the plaza on the west side of the Salem-Keizer Transit Center on High Street between Chemeketa and Court (click here for a map) and enjoy a 45-minute walk downtown with environmental group 350 Salem. The group will go to Riverfront Park, make a loop around the carousel, and then follow Pringle Creek for a short ways before returning to the Transit Center, for a total of about 1.75 miles. There is an option to continue on to the Wednesday downtown farmers’ market, which is just a block away. (Walk leader: Ray and Roberta)

11:00 am:  West Salem Walk

Walk from the West Salem branch of the Public Library (395 Glen Creek Rd. NW) through Wallace Marine Park, across the Union St. railroad bridge, and back. This is a relatively flat, moderately-paced walk that takes about 45 minutes. (Walk leader: Nancy)

7:00 pm:  Rock Ridge Neighborhood Walk

Meet at the flagpole in front of Pringle Elementary (5500 Reed Ln. SE) and walk to Lee Elementary and back (about two miles roundtrip, or 45 minutes at a brisk pace). The walk takes you through two parks, Wes Bennett and Woodscape. The route is almost entirely paved, with a short portion on bark dust/grass, and includes some rolling hills. (Walk leader: Don)

Thursdays

9:30 am:  Judson Middle School

Walk through the Faye Wright neighborhood from Judson Middle School (4512 Jones Rd. SE). The group walks about 2 to 3 miles on flat ground with an occasional short hill. It takes them between 45 minutes to an hour. The walk goes rain or shine, but please call ahead (503-364-7021) to let them know that you’re coming. (Walk leader: Barbara)

11:00 am:  West Salem Walk       **canceled Nov. 26th**

Walk from the West Salem branch of the Public Library (395 Glen Creek Rd. NW) through Wallace Marine Park, across the Union St. railroad bridge, and back. This is a relatively flat, moderately-paced walk that takes about 45 minutes. (Walk leader: Nancy)

12:15 pm:  LifeSource Natural Foods

Meet on the store’s front patio at 2649 Commercial St. SE. From there, the group will either walk the hills behind the store or go through the historic Pioneer Cemetery. LifeSource rewards each walker with a free piece of fruit when they return from the walk. (Walk leaders: Jim, Rob, and Jaylene)

 

Saturdays

8:30 am:  Saturday Downtown Walk

Start the weekend with a Saturday morning walk in downtown Salem! Meet at the First Christian Church (685 Marion St. NE). The group generally goes across the Union St. pedestrian bridge and through Riverfront Park before returning to the church by 9:30 a.m.–a distance of about 2.5 miles. Other options include Bush’s Pasture Park, the State Capitol, the Saturday farmers’ market, and Wallace Marine Park. If it’s raining, the group can choose to stay indoors and stroll the elevated walkways in the Salem Center mall. (Walk leaders: Dena and Sandi)

9:00 am:  Walk with the Chemeketans at Minto-Brown Island Park

Meet at the last parking lot (2200 Minto Island Rd. SW). The walk is a moderate-paced, easy 3-4 mile route. For more information about the Chemeketans, visit www.chemeketans.org. (Walk leader: Laura)

9:30 am:  Judson Middle School

Walk through the Faye Wright neighborhood from Judson Middle School (4512 Jones Rd. SE). The group walks about 2 to 3 miles on flat ground with an occasional short hill. It takes them between 45 minutes to an hour. The walk goes rain or shine, but please call ahead (503-364-7021) to let them know that you’re coming. (Walk leader: Barbara).

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