Salt Lake City

City Hosted 'Instawalk' Tours Aim to Bring Residents of All Ages into the Downtown Planning Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659


City Hosted 'Instawalk' Tours Aim to Bring Residents of All Ages into the Downtown Planning Process

SALT LAKE CITY – City Planners will host walking tours this Saturday, June 29 at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. from the northeast corner of the Downtown Farmers Market, Pioneer Park, 300 South and 300 West, as part of ongoing Downtown Master Plan outreach efforts.


Each tour will explore architectural history, urban design, redevelopment and local businesses. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas about what makes downtown interesting, how it should grow and the places and things that are important to them.
 
Participants are highly encouraged to bring their smartphones as the walking tours are designed as “Instawalks.”  An Instawalk is a photo journal of the walking tour in which participants tag photos of their walk through Instagram, a software application for smartphones. Planning staff will give a short tutorial at the start of each walk for those who want to try it for the first time.
 
“By using social networking apps like Instagram, we’re hoping to connect planning with a wider Salt Lake City demographic,” said Molly Robinson, project manager for the Downtown Master Plan. “Photography is a great way to document what people think about the built the environment and how they interact with the downtown.”
 
City planners also created an "Urban Explorer" game to engage children on the Instawalk. Each child that completes their game will receive a prize.

Three walking tours will depart from the northeast corner of Pioneer Park on Saturday, June 29 at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Each tour will last approximately one hour. The public can sign up for a tour on the Downtown Master Plan’s Facebook page, though registration is not required.

This is the second of four days of walking tours organized by the Downtown Master Plan team. The first was June 15. Two more tours are being planned for September 21 and October 12, all departing from the Downtown Farmers Market.

The City’s Planning Division has partnered with Visit Salt Lake to provide each participant with a free pedometer. One lucky person from each tour will receive a City Connect Pass, an all-in-one ticket to thirteen of Salt Lake City's best attractions like the Clark Planetarium, Red Butte Garden, and the Hogle Zoo –a $75 value and good for a year.

The Downtown Master Plan is a 16-month effort to craft a 20-year vision for Downtown Salt Lake City. The Plan will help establish an identity for downtown and serve as a roadmap to achieving the community’s desired future.
 
Additional information about the project, maps and upcoming events can be found at http://downtownplanslc.com.