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June 20, 2022 at 4:37pm

Salem's splash pad reopens Tuesday ahead of hot forecasts

Children play in the splash pad at Riverfront Park in Salem in 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Salem's splash pads are set to open Tuesday ahead of a weekend that's expected to reach temperatures in the low 90s.

Splash fountains will be open in seven city parks daily through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in Salem to reach about 83 degrees Tuesday, 78 degrees Wednesday, 75 degrees Thursday and 84 degrees Friday. A high of 91 is expected Saturday, with 90 on Sunday and 83 on Monday, according to the agency.

Splash pad locations and hours are listed below, according to the city of Salem:

Englewood Park, 1260 19th St. N.E., 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fairmount Park, 650 Rural St. S.,12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Ave. N.E, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Riverfront Park, 200 Water St. N.E. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

River Road Park, 3045 River Rd. N.,10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Rd. S.E., 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

West Salem Park, 265, Rosemont Ave. N.W., 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

June 20, 2022 at 11:08am

Catch free performances Tuesday at Salem's Make Music Day

The Boys Wilson perform in front of Noble Wave on June 21, 2021 during Make Music Day. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Salem's streets and bars will be filled with music Tuesday as the annual Make Music Salem event returns to celebrate the longest day of the year.

About 100 bands, orchestras, singers and musicians will perform at more than 30 locations around Salem, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Participating artists include the Oregon Symphony, Salem 90s cover band Smells Like Midlife Crisis, acoustic trio Old Brown Coat, hip-hop group Marcay and Spanish-language rock and roll band Sin Documentos.

Many of the venues are downtown, including sidewalk performances outside local businesses, as well as multiple locations in Riverfront Park and in Electric Alley. Other venues include the Salem Kroc Center, Beehive Station Food Pod, and three stages at the Willamette Heritage Center.

The event is held yearly on June 21 in cites around the world and originated in France in 1982, according to the Make Music Salem website. All performances are free and open to the public.

A schedule of performances is available on the Make Music Salem website, with options to filter by music genre.

-Rachel Alexander

June 20, 2022 at 8:29am

Two candidates advance in city manager race

Salem city manager finalists Keith Stahley (left) and Eric Zimmerman (submitted photos)

The choice of Salem's next city manager is down to two candidates.

The Salem City Council selected candidates Keith Stahley and Eric Zimmerman to advance for consideration, the city announced Friday, June 17.

The decision comes after three finalists were in Salem June 15 for a day of interviews with the mayor, city councilors, city department and labor union leaders. They later answered questions submitted by the public at a virtual forum.

City councilors will next visit candidates' current hometowns and meet with residents, civic organizations and elected officials before making a selection, according to a news release.

The city manager is in charge of the city's day-to-day operations and reports to the Salem City Council.

Stahley has served as assistant city manager in Olympia, Washington, since 2019 and was previously the city's planning and development director for 14 years.

Zimmerman most recently worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh and previously worked for Multnomah County, and as deputy city manager in Medford. He has served in the Oregon National Guard since 2007 and is currently assigned to a unit in Salem.

Salem's previous city manager, Steve Powers, retired Feb. 28 after six years with the city. Kristin Retherford, the city's urban development director, has since served as interim city manager.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian