Monday, April 1, 2019

Downtown Notes on Early Spring

The Cherries on the Capitol Mall get all the attention, but don't forget about Camas at Bush Park and in the field just south of the Fairgrounds. At Bush, the smaller and earlier variety looks like it's just starting to appear. Nearby, at Deepwood the Trout Fawn Lilies are also up and the leaves of the Indian Plum glow when they are backlit. Even though we may have lost the sun today, don't miss on the glories of early Spring.

Camas just beginning at Bush Park (Saturday)
There was a nice piece on Saturday's front page about the demolition of the old Greyhound Depot. The new project will definitely be a higher use for the lot, and looks in nearly every way to be an improvement. So it's not difficult at all to justify the demolition.

Still, in the southmost bay, there was a lively mural, and hopefully they documented it with photos. Most of it's gone now, but you can see a single musical note and most of the phrase "We sell entertainment." I don't know if it was a nightclub or a music store or what. But it was an interesting bit of interior decoration.

Front of the Greyhound Depot at the start of demolition

They started from the backside on the alley
Riverfront Park was busy, and it was very nice to hear and then see a jazz or marching band trio out busking.

Kids busking in Riverfront Park
But at the Union Street Railroad Bridge, there was no sign of a rental bike installation. Here we are in April now. There should be signs of the infrastructure going in. The project has been quiet of late, and perhaps they are delayed again.

No platform for a bike share station yet (Saturday)
But proselytizers with pamphlets had set up a couple of stations
CANDO reported on the note in the City Manager's update that there's finally going to be movement on daylighting Pringle Creek and working on the path connection to Riverfront Park on the north side of the former Boise parcel.

Retaining wall and concrete cap on the nursing home site (right)

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Mike said...

Go to this link ( to learn more about the work on Pringle Creek near the old mill.

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Thanks for the link to the project application on the Pringle Creek project!

As more comes out about the Greyhound demolition, it sounds like there's no plan for construction to start at all before 2021. So there will be a crater there for a year or two at best, maybe more if the Center for Hope and Safety struggles with the fund-raising.

These gaps between demolition and the start of construction are concerning.

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Yesterday the bike system folks published an update on social media. It looks like they're still a ways away from launch:

"[A] previous barrier we've faced is still in place.

The most burdensome barrier involves two cement patios required in Riverfront Park set to host stations already sponsored by Salem Health and US Bank. These patio installs were mandated by Parks & Recreation through collaboration with Public Works during the Summer of 2017. Because of the mandates, Ride Salem is required to finance, as well as work through Public Works to construct patios near Riverfront's carousel playground, as well as the East-side of the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge entrance. We've received information on the lowest priced bid thus far set at $15,665. This came as a surprise not only to Ride Salem, but also our vendor, Zagster, who has worked on public patio projects throughout California and Colorado which were achieved at a fraction of the cost of the lowest bid presented to the City.

The most unfortunate aspect of this barrier involves the specific riders who will suffer from the delay. Ride Salem's stations located in Riverfront Park have been designated as specialty cycle access stations. This means vulnerable demographics, such as paraplegic community members, folks with back, knee and/or balance issues, as well as riders needing caretaker assistance, will not be able to participate in the program. Stations outside of Riverfront Park, which are mostly on private property, do not have enough parking space to accommodate the program's specialty cycles.