Salem Open Space and Recreation Advisory Group

Residents invited to apply by June 7th deadline

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The City of Salem is seeking applicants to the advisory group for its forthcoming Open Space & Recreation (OSRP) planning process to begin in late-spring / early-summer 2022 and conclude in early 2023. The Open Space & Recreation Plan process will build upon recent City of Salem planning initiatives.

The OSRP community planning process is a way for the City and community members to identify community needs and desires on a variety of open space and recreation topics. Completing an OSRP plan approved by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Services can also qualify communities for potential state grants for physical investments and improvements into parks.  

The City has hired the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to lead the OSRP process. The process will include informational presentations and community input exercises in order to elicit and quantify community input, discern consensus goals, and make recommendations to the Salem community based both on community input as well as professional community planning best practices and analyses.  

The commitment is for:

    • attending and participating in
      • group meetings throughout 2022 and early 2023 every other month or so (the dates and times are to be determined together via email communications);
      • public workshops (that may potentially be a combination of either physical or virtual meetings);  
    • providing feedback about the process and public forums, as well as on helping draft potential online survey questions for the community-at-large to take;
    • getting the word out about the Salem OSRP 2029 process, public workshops and the online surveys;
    • providing ideas and feedback for potential presentation content, preliminary goals, draft survey questions, and draft plan report in early/mid 2023.

Please email your nominations to and include the following information:

  1. Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominee.
  2. A brief explanation of how the nominee engages or wishes to engage in Salem’s Park & Recreation facilities or programming.
  3. A concise summary of the nominee’s interest in serving on the advisory group.
  4. Any further information that may support the City in its selection of advisory group members.


Spring Fling = Success!

More than 50 Federal Street Neighborhood residents and friends gathered on Sunday, May 15 for a Spring Fling.  The Fling had something for guests of all ages: sidewalk drawings, food, beverages, prizes and good company!

Thanks to Suzie Weldon and Tom Frary who rolled out the sidewalk and street at their house for the event.    

Special thanks to Lori Hart prepared a presentation about the city’s traffic calming plans for our neighborhood.  Lori shared the city’s plans and the FSNA Traffic Calming Committee’s suggestions for improvement.  They are all located on this website.  If you have not done so, please review the plans, the FSNA response and complete the short survey.  It is important that the city receives proper feedback so that our neighborhood has the best traffic calming solution!

A big shout out to Jenn Lucht brought us wonderful entertainment: Joe Barbato on keyboard, Mark Early on Sax and Gray Sargent on Guitar.  Of note is that Gray used to play in Tony Bennett’s band!  We were honored to have them all and encourage friends catch additional performances at the Backbeat Brewing Company in Beverley and the Mayflower Restaurant in Ipswich.

Also of note are the event’s sponsors who allowed us to have a drawing for some great prizes!

All of our young sidewalk artists received a Russ Treadwell’s Ice Cream coupon.

32 Church – 32 Church Street, Salem, A collaborative studio retail experience full of flowers, fine jewelry and gifts!

Cookie Monstah – 505 Paradise Road, Swampscott, Fresh baked cookies and ice cream since 2012

Judith Kohn, RLA – 145 Federal Street, Salem,Landscape architecture and design consultations

Salem Wine Imports – 32 Church Street, Salem, Dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of unique wines!

Settler Restaurant – 2 Lynde Street, Salem, A cozy but chic neighborhood restaurant featuring rustic, handmade French cooking

Gift certificates from Russ Treadwell’s Ice Cream in Peabody made sure that all of our little chalk artists got a reward for their creations!

If you have paid your membership dues, THANK YOU!  If you have not you may still do so by completing the following form and sending it along with your check to our treasurer, Paul Bunker.  With your support we will continue our work to make the Federal Street Neighborhood the best in Salem and offer fun social events!

MEMBERSHIP REQUEST – Use this form to become a member or renew your membership. 

Membership provides you with voting rights and representation on issues that affect our neighborhood.

Please return this form with a check payable to “FSNA” to Paul Bunker, 20 Beckford St.






□ ADDITIONAL DONATION to the general fund ___________.

One of many active Salem neighborhood associations, the Federal Street Neighborhood Association (FSNA) dedicates itself to neighborhood preservation and enhancement, and community building.

FSNA is a 501c3 organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

At The White House!

Federal Street resident Marta Garcia was at The White House yesterday being recognized as one of our nation’s top 50 teachers.  Marta, who teaches at Salem’s Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, was selected as the 2022 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.  Yesterday, she joined teachers from all fifty states to be honored at The White House by President Biden and First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden.

Congratulations Marta!

Act Now!

Here is a link to all the information regarding the city of Salem’s traffic calming proposal for Federal Street.  This contains a letter to FSNA members that includes:

  • A summary of the proposal’s key points
  • Concerns of the FSNA Board based on feedback by the FSNA Traffic Calming Committee
  • A link to a brief survey to gage resident sentiment
  • Contact information if residents wish to reach out to the Traffic & Parking Commission

FSNA Traffic Calming Letter To Members


More Trees Come Down – TIME TO ACT!

Trees were removed on the corner of 124 Federal and behind 117 Federal.  The pace of tree loss is getting faster.  Anyone who has not requested a replacement city street tree or a Greening of the Gateway Cities Program tree should do so quickly. 

City trees requested NOW will be planted this sprint and will most likely receive watering bags to help them get established.  

Darleen Melis,  Chair,  Salem Tree Commission

Traffic Calming Proposal and Hearing

The Federal Street Neighborhood Association Traffic Calming application submitted in May, 2021 will be discussed at the April 13, 2022 Traffic and Parking Commission meeting at 6:00 PM.

Contraflow bike lanes, speed cushions and two-way traffic are noted on the Traffic Calming slide presented at the Bicycling Committee meeting (see attached) on April 6th.

If you have concerns about the safety in the neighborhood, please plan to attend this meeting. A request has been made for more details about the plans before the meeting.  If available, they will be posted on this site as well as on the Federal Street Neighborhood Association Facebook page.

HERE is a link to the Traffic and Parking Commission website for further details.