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This 41-acre park features a recreation center, two play structures, a climbing wall, six tennis courts, two picnic shelters with tables, grills, a three acre scenic lake and the Patriots Flag Concourse and Memorial.


Address: 316 Lake Drive

About City Park's Lake

Monitoring Lake

Physicochemical monitoring of the Lake in 2017.

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  • Area of lake is approximately 4.25 acres.
  • Built in June 1936.
  • Original designed depth was 8 feet in the creek channel and had an average depth of 6 feet throughout most of the lake. There was a designed 2 foot deep shelf around the edge of the lake.
  • The lake receives the stormwater from approximately 300 acres of surrounding area. Reaching as far as the 200 Block of W. Fisher St. and draining most the west side of Downtown Salisbury.
  • It was last dredged in 1996.
  • Current invasive species that are being treated include: Hydrilla (which is the most resistant aquatic species to treatment) and String Algae.
  • We have treated the lake for these invasive aquatic weeds both biologically and chemically on an annual basis.
  • Future plan of action includes: initial dredging, followed by monthly biological and chemical maintenance.
  • On Monday, October 8th, 2018 60 triploid Grass Carp will be added to the water as a form of integrated pest management as opposed to a chemical application.
  • The long term solution to alleviate the current issue is to dredge the lake. City staff from multiple divisions and departments are working together with firms to research cost, project time, and environmental impacts. Dredging is a process that must happen roughly every 20 years.

Drainage Field

This estimated drainage area drains to both the lake and the creek that feeds the lake with a 6” pipe, so not all of the estimated 300 acres are making it into the lake.

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Lake Plans

The original plan for the design of the lake in 1936.

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Park Hours

November – January 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
February – March 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May – July 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
April, August – October 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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