The Ravine Enhancement Project broke ground in late October, but work planning the project, preparing the landscape, selecting plants, and sourcing boulders began almost a year. Follow our progress as we document the process.

The upper ravine at the start of the project.


The Lower Ravine at the start of the project.


The lower Ravine looking west at the start of the project.


A city worker removes a large clump of Pampas grass from the upper Ravine.


Marion County Corrections workers look on as a large clump of bamboo is excavated from the lower Ravine.

Gretchen Carnaby, Ron Miner and Tom Beatty select boulders from a pile at Willamette Valley Vineyards site. Photo courtesy Denis Carnaby.

Ron Miner loads selected boulders into a City of Salem truck for the trip to Bush’s Pasture Park.

Boulders donated by Willamette Valley Vineyards are delivered to Bush’s Pasture. The boulders are the same type that already exist in the park.

Boulders selected for the upper Ravine.

Ron Miner placing boulders in the upper Ravine.

The upper Ravine stream bed after placement of boulders.

Christine Chute and Walter Perry, members of the Tuesday Gardeners, weed under the azaleas in the lower Ravine.

Ron Miner places boulders along the steam bank in the lower Ravine.

Ron Miner tops the Ravine’s small bioswale with soil.

Two inch round gravel serves as the foundation for a small bioswale in the lower Ravine.

Gretchen Carnaby, Ron Miner, and Gary Pullman begin to have second thoughts.

A rustic seating terrace begins to take shape in the lower Ravine.

A look at the partially completed lower Ravine.

Liz Hamer cleans the edge of the gravel path in the lower Ravine.

The upper Ravine after a March rainfall.

Plants are ready for installation in the lower Ravine.

Patti Sieg and Garry Pullman plant a Bagatelle barberry.

A prudently-clad group of MSPC’s Tuesday Gardeners plant native Carex densa (Dense Sedge) plugs into the bioswale.

Tuesday Gardeners plant ferns and heaths above the flagstone patio.

The bioswale and berm at the bottom of the lower Ravine are planted.

Tuesday Gardeners weed the Ravine’s North hillside on a warm May day just before the Ravine’s opening.