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Some Residents Worried About Camping In Salem Parks For Eclipse


The Eco-Earth sculpture at Riverfront Park has a new life with the opening of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, which will draw more visitors to the south end of the park.

The Eco-Earth sculpture at Riverfront Park has a new life with the opening of the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, which will draw more visitors to the south end of the park.

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

Eclipse watchers will be allowed to camp overnight for free in Salem’s 93 parks before the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, a move officials say will make the expected crowd easier to manage, but worries some nearby residents.

The plan is to allow Salem residents and visitors to save a spot for the 10:17 a.m. eclipse by staying overnight in a park at least one night in advance.

Even though camping in parks is against city code, planners expected people to do it anyway, said Mike Gotterba, emergency preparedness communications manager with Salem Public Works.

This way, at least, the department will be able to send staff members to assist visitors and mitigate damage at 13 city parks they expect to receive the most traffic.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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