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A New Amphitheater in Salem, Oregon, is an Event Venue and an Architectural Stunner

By M+E Staff

Construction has been completed on the striking new Gerry Frank/Salem Rotary Amphitheater.

Located in Riverfront Park, Salem’s premier downtown venue for outdoor events, the $4-milion amphitheater is a joint project of the City of Salem and the Rotary Club of Salem. CBTWO Architects based the structure’s sweeping wood “basket-weave” concept on the open-weave baskets of the Kalapuya Native American Tribe, whose history is an integral part of Riverfront Park’s land and culture. 

The amphitheater has an estimated seating capacity of 3,000-3,5000, and includes a covered stage, an acre of contoured lawn and a plaza equipped with power for up to 14 vendors. Riverfront Park sits on 23 acres and features a carousel, splash fountain, pavilion river access, The A.C. Gilbert House and Children’s Museum, and walking bridges to two neighboring parks. For information about booking the amphitheater for an event, contact Richard Chandler;