Open Streets Salem is a free community event that began as Salem Sunday Streets in 2013. By temporarily closing streets to automobile traffic and opening them to the public, OSS provides an atmosphere where neighbors can safely run, walk, roll, and play while interacting with a number of local businesses and activities along the route. OSS strives to:
1) Promote a culture of healthy and active living
2) Foster civic pride by highlighting and engaging Salem’s neighborhoods
3) Connect neighbors to community, business, and City projects
Other Open Streets events take place around the state (Portland, Eugene, Bend, Corvallis), the United States (New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland, Baltimore), and the world (Bogota, Columbia; London, UK; Melbourne, Australia).
Learn more about Open Streets with the Street Films’ The Rise of Open Streets.
Come celebrate National Walking Day with JWSK. We will be meeting at Peace Plaza (555 Liberty St. NE, located between City Hall and Salem Public Library) to hear from Mayor Chuck Bennett on the importance of community and public health. Then we will take a short 1.8 mile walk (roundtrip) to the Salem Health's new Sensory Playground where we then get to hear from physical therapist Trent Tompkins about the importance of physical activity for young and old.
Bring your family and friends for this fun community event! You will be given a free Making Strides Passport for a chance to win prizes!
Just Walk Salem Keizer is partnering with the 5210 Challenge to get more people up and moving in our community with the Making Strides: Passport to Health.
You can join the challenge by picking up a Passport at the National Walking Day Event on April 5th (or at one of the locations below) and completing five walks by June 18th. Once you have completed the challenge, return the passport to one of the locations below to be entered to win a $50 gift card! The Passport to Health challenge runs from April 5th to June 18th.
Where can I get (or return) a passport?
- OSU Extension Service main office, 1320 Capitol St NE, Salem
- Salem Health Community Health Education Center, Building D – 939 Oak Street SE, Salem
- Any Just Walk Salem Keizer Walk Leader
- Call / Email Tonya Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-373-3763
What upcoming walking events can I participate in?
- Just Walk Salem Keizer Walks (see http://www.justwalksalem.com/ )
- Salem Parks Foundation, A Walk in the Park (April 29th @ Riverfront Park)
- On Your Feet Friday (May 12th and June 9th)
- Community Superhero Dash (May 13th)
- Keizer Iris Run/Walk (May 20th)
- Edgewater Walking Cruise (May 21st)
- Stephens Middle School Inter-generational Walking Project Celebration (May 21st @ 1:30 pm @ Stephens)
- City of Salem Stride Walk/Run (May 27th)
- Willamette Mutt Strutt (June 4th)
Join us on a festive tour of the Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display. Many families drive through this wonderful light display every year, but lets be honest--you get to enjoy it better on foot! Even better yet, hot cocoa will be provided and Santa may even make a guest appearance!
More information on meeting points will be provided soon! Mark your calendars for this fun, festive, community event!
The Keizer Miracle of Christmas Light display is an event hosted in an effort to provide food to those in need during the holiday season. If you are able, Just Walk Salem-Keizer would love to have walk participants donate non-perishable food items before the walk. Food will be donated to the Marion-Polk Food Share.
Join Edgewater Partnership, West Salem Neighborhood Association, and Just Walk Salem Keizer on a 1.5 mile walking cruise which will feature Cool Houses in the Edgewater community. Meet at Urban Grange for FREE COFFEE before the walk.
Edgewater Walking Cruises are monthly themed walks that highlight interesting features within the Edgewater community. These walks are meant to build community, neighborhood connections, and be an all-around fun activity for all!
Just Walk Salem Keizer is hosting a family-friendly walk around the South Salem neighborhood to get you in the Halloween spirit!!
Join us at 9AM in your most GOULISH costume for a short walk around the neighborhood where we will be touring the most festive houses! The walk will begin at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
There will be prizes for children in costume, treats, and photo opportunities for all walkers. Come celebrate with the community, practice your Trick-or-Treating route, and work off all that post-Halloween candy you will sneak from your kids!
Join us for a walk before the Spring Food Fair at LifeSource Natural Foods! Jennifer Carley, founder of Just Walk Salem Keizer, will lead the group on a two-mile walk through the Candalaria neighborhood. Work up an appetite and then stick around for free samples, live music, store discounts, raffle prizes, and more. Meet in front of the store.
Join us for National Walking Day! Everyone (all ages, all abilities) is welcome at our annual kickoff event at Peace Plaza outside Salem City Hall on Wednesday, April 6th. Take a group walk to Riverfront City Park (about 1¹/² miles) and receive an update on construction of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge and Trail. Enter to win prizes and get a pass for a discount at Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar. Free parking is available in the City Hall parking garage between Commercial and Liberty Sts. See you there!
Come out on Saturday, October 10th for two group walks as part of the LifeSource Natural Foods' Customer Appreciation Day!
At 10 a.m., Jennifer Carley (founder of Just Walk Salem) will lead a moderately-paced, 2 mile walking tour through the scenic Candalaria neighborhood.
At 2 p.m., longtime JWS volunteer Pat Norman will lead a walking tour through the historic Salem Pioneer Cemetery.
Both walks will end by returning to LifeSource, where you can enjoy free food, live music, and discounts. The store has been a great supporter of the Just Walk Salem program and hosts two regular groups each week on Sundays and Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Join us!
Just Walk Salem is proud to be a part of Salem Sunday Streets, a free community event that blocks off downtown streets in order to promote healthy and active living and offer live music, food, and activities. There will be multiple opportunities for walking at the event, including:
- a Community Walk/Ride on car-free streets around the Capitol at 1:45 p.m. (click here for more info)
- two neighborhood walking tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (see below)
- a 5K run/walk (the Big Ballyhoo) at 10:30 a.m.
- a tour of State Capitol State Park at 2 p.m. (info TBA)
Neighborhood walking tour details:
1 p.m. - Walk through the historic Court-Chemeketa district east of 12th Street where there are many architecturally interesting homes. Approximately 1 mile (about 45 minutes). Meet at the east end of the Capitol steps by the handrail lining the grass and tree area.
3 p.m. - Walk through the Gaiety Hill district, which includes many architecturally interesting homes and Pringle Creek. Approximately 1 mile in length (about 45 minutes). Meet at the east end of the Capitol steps by the handrail lining the grass and tree area.
If you are interested in using pedal power to get to the event, consider joining Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates' bike caravan! Email email@example.com for more info.
Our very popular Walk with a Farmer event is back again this summer! Join us for a free walking tour of Minto Island Growers' organic farm at 5:30 p.m. led by owners Elizabeth and Chris Miller. An optional dinner of salad, wood-fired pizza, and dessert from the farm stand will follow; seating is limited, so reservations are required. For more info, or to purchase tickets for dinner (the walk is free and open to everyone!), visit www.mintogrowers.com/farm-stand.
Come out this weekend for the spring food fair at LifeSource Natural Foods, where you can enjoy free food, live music, tasting samples, discounts, a garden plant sale, and walks! We'll be leading three walks from the store in a range of paces: a relaxed walk through the neighborhood at 10 a.m., a moderate walking tour of the historic Pioneer Cemetery at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a challenging walk in the Candalaria hills at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. See you there!
Just Walk Salem will be participating in Gallagher Fitness Resources' On Your Feet Friday event on May 8th! We'll have a checkpoint at the west end of the Union St. Railroad pedestrian bridge where you can get your "passport" stamped. After you visit a number of checkpoints, trade in your passport for raffle tickets. It's a great free event that gets you out walking or running in our fair city for a chance to discover new places, build your physical fitness, and potentially win prizes! See you there!
We'll be at Earth 411, a family-friendly, zero-waste, educational event hosted by the City of Salem and Straub Environmental Center at Riverfront Park from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 11th. We'll be leading walks over the Union St. Railroad Bridge to Wallace Marine Park and back (a little over a mile round-trip) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and offering free samples of bike blender smoothies. Meet at the Just Walk Salem/OSU Extension booth under the tent at the south end of the park (near the Carousel). Join us!
Salem City Hall, Peace Plaza -- 555 Liberty St SE, Salem
Join us -- and Salem City Councilors Diana Dickey and Warren Bednarz -- for a walk to celebrate National Walking Day and Just Walk Salem.
Oregon State Capitol Building, front steps (Court Street) Salem
Join us -- and Oregon State Senator Jackie Winters -- for a walk to celebrate National Walking Day and Just Walk Salem.
Work up an appetite before the LifeSource BBQ Fall Celebration with a 2 mile walk in the Candelaria neighborhood.
Guests will need to arrive and park at the Farm Stand and be ready to walk at 5:30 pm. The walk will be about a mile and last about an hour. Elizabeth will lead the walk and take us on a tour explaining the biodiversity of the farm and an overview of organic farming. We will get to see hedgerow and learn about insect pollinators and bird/raptor habitat.
The walk will be followed by dinner at the stand: pizza and salad for $10, add mixed berry cobbler for an additional $3. Vegan and gluten free pizza available.
Please email reservations to Cassie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-931-6840. Please also indicate if you want to add cobbler to your dinner.
Dinner is limited to 40 adults, children are not counted. Additional reservations may be taken at the discretion of the farmers and cooks.
We all look forward to seeing you there!
Take River Road South to Brown Island Road. Turn right onto Brown Island Road and follow the signs to the Farm Stand. The Stand is .3 miles from River Road, on the right.
(3394 Brown Island Road South)