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 from the main asphalt path looking east near the start of the project.


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

Ron Miner’s concept of the lower Ravine.

Lucile Whitman of Whitman Farms tags a deciduous magnolia selected by Gretchen Carnaby for the Ravine.

A Salem parks employee removes a large clump of Pampas grass at the seasonal stream’s source.

Marion County corrections crew looks on as the root ball of the bamboo grove is pulled free. The corrections crew dug out the remaining bamboo roots.

Gretchen Carnaby, Ron Miner, and Tom Beatty select boulders for the Ravine Project at Willamette Valley Vineyards. The boulders were excavated at the time the vineyard was planted.





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 Park. The boulders are the same type as those already in the park.

Willamette Valley clay boulders are waiting for installation in the upper ravine stream bed.

Ron Miner installing boulders in the upper Ravine’s stream bed.

The upper ravine stream bed after placement of the boulders.

























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

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


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.


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


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

A look at the partially completed lower Ravine.