Mystical during fall and winter and glorious during spring and summer, the Coolidge McClaine Park is a focal point of Silverton. It acts as the main venue for several events such as the delicious Strawberry Festival, Homer Davenport Days, and the Fine Arts Festival. In many ways, it embodies the spirit and history of the town and brings the community together.
The park features a large modern playground area that kids will love. Silver Creek is accessible by stairs and is a popular swimming hole for the local kids, who enjoy the medium-depth water and fish ladder. A covered shelter features numerous picnic tables and a kitchen that is used often in the summer time. There is also a fountain, horseshoe sandboxes, and public restrooms.
The park is especially unique due to its natural setting and plant life. The green canopy of the park is provided by a mature stand of oak and douglas fir trees. The park is walled in by a steep hill covered with ivy. At the far end of the park is a trail that provides a short hike to an area of Silver Creek that the locals have colloquially called Salamander Island, and area that does indeed boast the occasional salamander but is technically not an island. Salamander Island is a secluded creek play area with a playful small waterfall.
Because of its mystique, beautiful foliage, many amenities, and proximity to the creek and center of town, the Coolide McClaine Park is a popular venue for weddings, reunions, and other events. It provides a fantastic daytime trip for mom and the kids and a pleasant hangout for locals of all ages. When not busy, the park provides a peaceful serenity for absorbing nature or taking in a good book. Even when raining, the covered shelter can provide protection.
- Read the Coolidge & McClaine Park Master Plan from 2007 for an in-depth look at the potential future of the park.
While visiting the park, be sure to check out the Silverton Arts Association and Silverton Art Center. On the other side of the creek, accessible by crossing the bridge, is more grassy pasture. Crossing the bridge will bring you right to the Silverton Museum and public library on Water Street.