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Salem City Lake opens this month

SALEM — The Salem City Lake kicks off a new fishing season April 13 with a new dock and new kayaks available to rent.

Salem City Parks Director Shane Franks announced the opening date for the lake, also known as the Salem Reservoir, located off of Gamble Road, during a recent parks commission meeting.

“I’m looking forward to a good year,” he said.

Season passes can be purchased at the city parks office on Oak Street, just off of Southeast Boulevard, or during the first visit to the lake, which also has boats with electric motors for rent.

The new dock was built earlier this winter and was just completed. The commission had approved the purchase of a couple of kayaks that are designed with fishing in mind.

People can also bring their own kayaks or boats or canoes, and just have to pay a launch fee. No gasoline motors are allowed.

For additional information about the lake, call the park office at 330-271-8913.

In other business, Franks talked about a program for dementia and Alzheimer’s awareness known as a Promise Garden that the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce was involved in. He said a Promise Garden is done in Mahoning County every year and they were looking for a location in Columbiana County and thought about the Salem city parks.

He offered up Liberty Island that leads into Centennial Park from East State Street along Park Drive as a spot to stick the flower replicas into the ground which people will purchase.

“I’m looking forward to being part of it,” Franks said.

Lori Jewell, executive director of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is collaborating with Myers Family Insurance and the Alzheimer’s Association on the program which will take place from May 1 through June 30.

More details on how to purchase flowers will be released by the chamber later this month.

The next meeting of the parks commission will be 5 p.m. April 28 at council chambers in city hall.

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