Independence has been designated a Playful City USA by the national recreation organization Kaboom! The community boasts four neighborhood parks scattered throughout town and an almost mile-long recreational greenway along the Willamette River. Athletics are an important part of our community's recreation demands, and local organizations offer a variety of opportunities for team sports and simple socializing.
Come take a look around and see why Independence is a great place to live, work and especially play.
Join us for the third annual Mayor's Critter Parade on Saturday, September 27th. Critters (and their people) will line up starting at 10am. The parade steps off at 10:15am. The entry fee of $5 will benefit the Independence Community Dog Park. Download the entry form below.
Riverview Park is the largest park in Independence. Located downtown between C and B Street, the park is home to the Independence Amphitheater and a large playground. For mapping purposes, use 50 C Street to locate the park and provide driving directions.
The Independence region is home to some incredible artists and performers. The Ash Creek Arts Center, established in 2013, provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore, learn and celebrate the visual, literary and performing arts. The Independence amphitheater has a regular series of free concerts, movies and comedy shows during the summer, as well as festivals and other events. Western Oregon University in neighboring Monmouth is also a major player in the local arts scene.