Welcome to the parks around Mission Street

 

Our community’s historic parks are anything but old-fashioned. In fact, public parks such as Bush’s Pasture Park and Pringle Park are more relevant today than ever.

Their trees, flowers, and flowing water improve our health, ease our anxieties, and serve as the stage for family reunions, weddings, and just plain fun. Parks and green spaces also clean our air, cool our hot summer days, and provide refuge for birds and animals. Most importantly, parks are the places where distinctions of race and ethnicity, wealth and class, fall away and people come together as a community.

Mission Street Parks Conservancy exists to foster community. We believe public parks play a critical role in the health and happiness of our community, and we’re committed to preserving and caring for them today and for the future. If you enjoy our parks, please support our work by becoming a member today.

Bush’s Pasture Park

An interactive map highlighting the numerous amenities of Bush’s Pasture Park, including playgrounds, museum, art gallery, rose garden, sports venues, picnic areas and more.

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The Rock Scramble

Climbing trees, stomping in puddles, sliding down hillsides, and clambering over logs and boulders play a critical role in developing healthy children. Our parks, with clipped grass, graded slopes, and expensive play equipment, do not always lend themselves to that kind of play. We’re fortunate at Bush’s Pasture Park to have a magnificent climbing tree in the Ravine, which has delighted countless children over the past two decades. MSPC is now working to raise $8,000 to add a modest rock scramble on the Ravine hillside immediately adjacent to the climbing tree. For examples of park rock scrambles, see here, and here.

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Rose Garden

May through September, Bush’s Pasture Park Rose Garden is alive with blooms from over 100 modern and old rose cultivars. Over 2,000 individual rose plants are distributed among the garden’s 105 beds.

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Group of smiling people holding scissors cut ribbon at the Ravine public opening

Ravine Public Opening

We celebrated the Ravine public opening today when MSPC volunteers, members, and guests gathered to cut the ribbon and take down the orange fencing that surrounded the project. MSPC’s events committee provided cake and lemonade to participants and passers-by under…

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Brian Smith separates the leaves of a deciduous azalea to show the small green larvae of an aaa;ea sawfly

Azalea Sawfly Makes Its Appearance

There are a lot of tasks that go into managing a public gardening, including monitoring for pests. Here, City Horticulturist Brian Smith finds azalea sawfly larvae on one of the park’s Exbury deciduous azaleas. These hungry critters have defoliated entire…

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Special Places in the Park

Trails, Picnicking, & Playgrounds

Bush’s Pasture Park has several playgrounds and picnic areas located near the Bush Barn and both upper and lower Leffelle Street parking lots.

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White Oak Groves

The Upper and Lower Oak Groves create a cathedral of welcoming shade for picnicking, playing, or just sitting and ‘forest bathing’.

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Open Pastures

The upper and lower pastures of the original Bush farmstead remain as open lawn. Ideal places for a ball game, playing Frisbee, or just soaking up the sunshine.

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The Conservatory & Gardens

The interior of the conservatory contains plants popular in Victorian glasshouses, and there are interpretive panels that bring the history of the structure ‘to life’.

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Rhododendron Hillside

The Hillside features about 130 varieties of species and hybrid rhododendron and azaleas, and well over 300 varieties of companion plants located on a 2½ acre east facing slope.

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Rose Garden

May through August, the Garden is alive with blooms from over 170 modern and old rose cultivars. Over 2,000 individual rose plants are distributed among the garden’s 105 beds.

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Pringle Creek Riparian Area

Pringle Creek flows along the western edge of the park, through the shade of big-leaf maples and other native trees, shrubs and ground cover. A narrow meandering path accesses the creek.

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Bush House Museum

The Bush House Museum, in Bush’s Pasture Park, is preserved and interpreted to illuminate the lives and legacy of Salem’s Bush Family, the early development of Salem and Oregon history and culture.

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Camas Fields & Wildflower Slope

Camas (Camassia quamash) carpet the lower Oak Grove, while the great camas (Camassia leichtlinii) can be found in the Rhododendron Hillside and among other wildflowers on the slope.

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VOLUNTEER

These gardens are possible because of our dedicated group of volunteers. Learn how to become a volunteer gardener, plant sale volunteer or contribute your professional services.

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Trees & Plants

GIS Map of Bush’s Pasture Park

The Conservatory is starting to map the location on the park’s trees and woody shrubs, as well as the location and contents of mass planting beds. As we gather this data, the results are available through our interactive GIS map.

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Query Plant Database

The Conservancy is working to locate and catalogue all of the park’s trees, woody shrubs, and contents of mass planting beds. This allows the public to search the parks’ plant collections. Users can search our database by entering attributes such as common name, scientific name, cultivar, and plant habit.

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Plant Collections

The park’s plant material is organized into several general and special collections. The Conservancy has developed descriptions and management policies for each collection.

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