Bonesteele Park is located on Aumsville Highway between Salem and Aumsville. This site, formerly part of a commercial grass field, is being restored to an upland prairie ecosystem. Upland prairie ecosystems, once common in the Willamette Valley, have become increasingly rare as have the plants and animals that rely on them. The restoration of Bonesteele Park is intended to bring back a landscape that will increase biodiversity, enhance wildlife habitat, and provide an educational and recreational resource for area residents. Dogs are not allowed at Bonesteele Park.
Restoration and Volunteer Information
"I rode through the entire upper settlement of the East of the willhamet [Waldo Hills] and was highly pleased with the beautiful veriaty of hill and vally so softly varied and intermingled with hill and dale as Likewis timber and Prairie all luxuriently clothed in a rich and heavy coat of vegetation and litterly clothed in Flowers the uplands in yallow and the vallys in purple. The Quantity of small flowering vegittiles is verry remarkable and beyond all conception."
James Clyman 1846
Directions to Bonesteele Upland Prairie Park
Take Cordon Road/Kuebler Boulevard and turn south on Aumsville Highway. Follow Aumsville Highway approximately 2 miles. Go past the intersection of Joseph Street, about 1/4 mile, and Bonesteele Upland Prairie Park is on the left.
This is a DAY USE ONLY park.