Ranger’s Pick–State Capitol State Park (2010)
State Capitol State Park fountains flow while cherry trees bloom
Now is a perfect time to take pictures at one of Oregon’s newest state parks: State Capitol State Park in Salem. Don’t wait too long, though, advises Park Manager Jim Bader. “We had an early bloom this year, and the blossoms may not last much longer, especially if the weather gets warmer.”
Most of the flowering cherry trees line both sides of the Capitol Mall. State Capitol State Park includes the landscaped area between the Capitol and Center Street, and the grounds around the Capitol, including Willson Park on the west side.
The three fountains are the Waite Fountain (west of the Capitol in Willson Park), the Wall of Water bordering Court Street across from the main Capitol entrance, and Capitol Fountain, near Center Street at the north end of the mall. They will remain on as long as the trees are in bloom.
The fountains will resume flowing for the summer starting around Memorial Day.