Salem rolls out first piano in 'Play Me, I'm Yours' program

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SALEM (WSLS 10) -- The city of Salem rolled out its first piano as part of its new street piano program on Tuesday.

"Play Me, I'm Yours" invites anyone in the area to walk up and play the piano on display.

Kids taking part in a Legos summer library program were able to get their hands on the first piano Tuesday. The children dipped their hands in paint then left the marks on the white piano.

It's one of several donated to the city that will be put up across town to encourage people to gather around.

"We just want people to take advantage of pianos that we're putting on the street so that they can liven up our downtown," said director of economic development Melinda Payne.

The piano will sit in front of the library once it gets a protective coating. It's expected to be complete by the end of the summer.

Students at Salem High School are painting another piano right now.

A second will be placed near Mac & Bob's and another near O'Brien's, Payne said.

Anyone who has a piano that's no longer used can contact the City of Salem to donate it to the program.