The Salem Parks Director is hired by and answers to the Salem Parks Commission, which consists of three volunteer members appointed by the Salem City Mayor. Shane Franks is the current Parks Director. Board members are John Panezott, Lucille Karnofel and Lori Colian.
The mission of the Salem Parks and Recreation Department is to provide clean, safe, and diverse year-round recreational opportunities through the preservation of open space, park settings, recreational facilities, and programs for the citizens of Salem. The benefits of these services are designed to meet the physical, mental, cultural, and social needs of our residents and visitors to our community, while enhancing the overall quality of life in Salem.
Oversee the maintenance and operation of all city parks and schedule activities at the parks.
Salem's park system encompasses over 375 acres of ground and water, and the recreation programs are open to all who wish to enjoy them. Activities are offered in all fields of interest, including both active and passive recreation. Please accept this as our personal invitation to make use of the facilities. We ask only that you care for them properly.
The office for the Salem Parks and Recreation Department is located at 2222 Oak Street.
Centennial Park (26 acres), 1500 E. Pershing St, Salem, 44460
Location: Centennial Park can be entered by four separate entrances. North entrance is the main entrance from East Pershing St, South entrance from Maple St, East entrance from Park Ave and West entrance on Oak St from S. Union.
Centennial Park is the oldest park in Salem and was established in 1906. One hundred-year-old oak trees are common and are heavily populated with squirls and a variety of birds. Owls and eagles have nested in this park over the years.
Centennial Park has seven (7) separate picnic shelters/pavilions which are available to reserve for a minimal fee, two (2) lighted basketball courts, three (3) lighted tennis courts, two (2) baseball fields, a large playground, a 9-hole disc golf course, a central water fountain and is the home for a 410,000-gallon Olympic size outdoor swimming pool and splash pad. There is a centrally located bathroom and plenty of parking available. Several picnic tables are scattered throughout the park.
Centennial Park is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm.
Centennial Pool & Splash Pad
Open 7 days a week, 1 pm to 7 pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day (234-564-1937)
- Individual Rates/day: Adult - $5, Student - $4, Children five and under - $3, Seniors (62+) - $4
- Season Passes: Individual - $60, Family of Five - $100
- Discounted admission fees with pavilion rental
- Pool Rental: $35/hour plus $15/hour for each lifeguard required
Call the parks office at 330-271-8913 during the off season.
Centennial Park Pavilion Rental - Fees Are Per Day
Call 330-271-8913 for rental information.
- Pavilion # 1 - $30 (seats 120)
- Pavilion # 2 - $30 (seats 95)
- Pavilion # 3 - $15 (seats 30)
- Pavilion # 4 - $15 (seats 30)
- Pavilion # 6 - $15 (seats 12)
- Pavilion # 7 - $20 (seats 60)
Waterworth Memorial Park (55 acres), 700 Sunset Blvd, Salem, 44460
Location: Waterworth Memorial Park has three main entrances: from Sunset Blvd to the Sunset parking lot, from Superior Ave to the Superior parking lot and from E. School St to the duck pond parking lot.
Waterworth Memorial Park is the largest park in Salem and consists of some densely wooded acres but also offers some wide-open spaces with plenty of summer sunshine. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in this beautiful park including deer, waterfowl, fox, rabbit, racoon, opossum and many species of birds.
Waterworth Memorial Park has three (3) large pavilions available to reserve, two (2) basketball courts, three (3) tennis courts, five (5) baseball/softball fields, a beautiful duck pond with an island and gazebo, two (2) large restrooms, a concession stand, a 6,000 square foot pollinator garden, a one-mile-long nature trail, an adult fitness zone with exercise equipment, a large dog park with a drinking fountain and shelter, and one large and two small playgrounds. Soccer and football are also played in Waterworth memorial Park. Also located in this park is the Salem Rotary Family Sports Area which includes a practice soccer area, a sand volleyball court, a grass volleyball/badminton court, two (2) 70’ batting cages, two (2) practice golf nets, a large area with CrossFit equipment, a 20’ diameter gazebo and a large children’s playground The Orashan Memorial Civic Center, commonly referred to as the “band shell” is located in this park and is the site for the yearly summer concerts, family evening movies, and many other entertainment activities and events.
Waterworth Memorial Park is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm.
Waterworth Memorial Park Pavilion Rental - Fees Are Per Day
Call 330-271-8913 for rental information.
- Pavilion # 8 - $25 (seats 100)
- Pavilion # 9 - $25 (seats 90)
- Pavilion # 10 - $25 (seats 70)
W. H. Mullins Park (2 acres), 1195 S. Lincoln Ave, Salem, 44460
Location: Main entrance is on South Lincoln Avenue. Cedar Street borders the park on the south side.
Mullins Park (formerly known as Cedar Park) is a small children's play area. At present, swings, slides, and a large sand box make this a pleasant place for small tots. Picnic facilities are included for lunch meals.
W. H. Mullins Park is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm.
Kelley Park (5 acres), 930 Prospect St, Salem, 44460
Location: Main entrance is located on Prospect Street.
Kelley Park is named after Joe M. Kelley, the first Director of Salem's parks system. Mr. Kelley served the system from 1924 until his death in 1951.
Kelley Park offers the only lighted softball field in the park system. There is a restroom, a concession stand, a pavilion and some playground equipment on site with ample parking. A nearby hill behind the outfield fence makes for great sled riding during the winter.
Eagleton's Glen Recreation Area (Undeveloped - 70 acres), 35679 Eagleton Rd, Lisbon, 44432
Location: Approx. six (6) miles south of Salem. Take Rt 45 south out of Salem (towards Lisbon), turn right on to Teegarden Rd, then left on to Eagleton Rd.
This area, located six miles south of Salem, is the site of the Teegarden covered bridge. At one time, a small community was here, and a mill sat by the iron bridge just north of the covered bridge.
The bridge is maintained by the county, and at present, only a small picnic area is maintained. The land is owned by the Salem Utilities Department, but the picnic area is maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department. Future plans for the area include hiking, picnic space, camping, and other outdoor recreational activities. The land follows the Middle Fork Little Beaver Creek from near State Route 45 to the pumping station.
Eagleton’s Glen Recreational Area is open 7 days a week, 7 am to 10 pm.
Salem City Lake (220 acres), 6343 Gamble Rd, Lisbon, 44432
Location: Approx. 8 miles south of Salem. Take Rt. 45 south out of Salem (towards Lisbon), turn right on to Teegarden Rd, turn left on to Gamble Rd. Continue one mile to lake entrance on the right.
Cold Run Reservoir (aka Salem City Lake) is owned by the Salem Utility Department and is also a source of recreation. Projects on the land are operated by the Parks and Recreation Department, under the supervision of the Salem Utilities Department.
Recreational activities include boating (gas motors prohibited), fishing, picnic tables and some playground equipment. Bait is available for sale in the bait house. Available for rent are boats, kayaks, motors, and batteries. Fees are collected for both fishing and boating. Fishing license is not required. Bait and refreshments are available for purchase in the bait house. Individual and family season passes are available for purchase.
The Salem City Lake is open Tuesday thru Sunday from dawn to dusk and is also open on all Monday holidays. The season runs from mid-April to mid-September.
Daily Fees: Click Here for the 2022 Salem City Lake Brochure.