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Salt Lake City provides a wide variety of recreational assets and as bike terrain parks increase in popularity, the Salt Lake City Division of Parks and Public Lands is working to help meet an increased demand for this type of recreation. Salt Lake City is seeking input on the need and possible locations for an additional bike terrain park(s), as well as potential partnerships for management. In addition, Salt Lake City is evaluating issues associated with the user developed jump course known as “I-Street Bike Jumps”, located on City-owned property. Salt Lake City’s Division of Parks and Public Lands intends to engage stakeholders to identify opportunities to locate terrain parks and address site constraints including user compatibility, natural resource protection, long-term use, and safety.
I-Street Jumps Resolution
The user developed jump course known as “I-Street Bike Jumps,” located on City-owned property (specifically Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Utilities), is a popular recreation site and overlaps the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. As part of Salt Lake City Department Public Utilities’ long term plan, a portion of the I Street Bike Jumps area is the site of a future water facility. The course will ultimately need to be modified or relocated depending on the outcome of this public process which will include input from multiple user groups, residents and Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities.
Bike-specific features such as jump lines, pump tracks, and skills parks go beyond what mountain bikers have typically been allowed to build on public lands and bring up a number of development constraints.
- User compatibility: terrain parks need to have a designated area separate from hiking trails and other activities to prevent user conflicts.
- Natural resource protection: terrain parks cannot be located on natural lands in Salt Lake City’s Open Space Lands Program’s inventory due to conservation priorities.
- Management: stewardship needs, such as maintenance, control of illegal trail building, infringement onto adjoining properties owned by others, and other operations at terrain parks should be considered in assessing locations and facilities.
Bike terrain parks include a variety of natural obstacles such as rocks and logs, pump tracks, and imaginatively constructed features like teeters and ladder bridges and dirt jumps all collected in a small setting. These features help make technically challenging mountain biking more readily available to the public. They can be designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities, with opportunities for skill building and progressively difficult challenges.
The emergence of bike parks is fueled by both riders and public land managers. Riders seek more challenging terrain, jumps, constructed obstacles, and a place to hone their skills. Managers want to prevent unauthorized trail building and provide new recreation options in a more central and easily managed location.
Existing Bike Terrain Park
Currently, Salt Lake City has a bike terrain park located at Parley's Historic Nature Park. For more information regarding this park please refer to the Parley's Historic Nature Park Plans and Information tab below.
At this point many dates are still tentative. Please check www.slcparks.com for updates.
May 14-18- Planning Open House, SLC Main Library: gather citizen input, brainstorm ideas, articulate current issues with the “I-Street Bike Jumps” on public lands and land intended for future use for water infrastructure by Salt Lake City Public Utilities.
June 21–Planning Open House, Location TBD: present analysis of existing conditions and available data, gather citizen input, brainstorm ideas, articulate current issues with terrain parks on public lands
June 29- On site I-street bike jump stakeholder meeting
Analyze Open House input sessions
Solicit citizen input
TBD- Stakeholder meetings
Identify appropriate locations
Develop conceptual ideas and alternatives
September 20- Planning Open House: Present concepts
TBD- Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry and Trails Board Open House: Present concepts
Consider CIP application for potential development
October 18: Planning Open House
TBD- Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry and Trails Board Open House: Present revised conceptual ideas
Next Steps: To Be Determined
Salt Lake City is planning for the renovation of 600 East median irrigation system from South Temple to 900 South. The primary emphasis of the improvements is to update the failing irrigation system and provide separate watering for the trees and turf areas as they have different water needs.
The park-like aesthetic of the medians will be maintained. The existing trees along the islands will benefit from improved watering and will be protected during improvements process. The preferred alternative C takes into consideration the historic nature of these islands, the adjacent land uses, and the need for water use and maintenance efficiencies. Conceptual images can be viewed below.
Parley's Historic Nature Park is the first area to have a management plan developed by the Open Space Lands Program. It was developed through an extensive public process to solicit ideas and gather feedback. The intent of the plan is to provide an enjoyable place to recreate for a diversity of visitors while protecting sensitive natural and cultural resources in the area.
- User amenities at two primary and two secondary access locations
- Enhancing the experiences of the diversity of user groups
- Re-establishing the riparian floodplain and hydrologic function of Parleys Creek
- Developing appropriate ingress and egress for two stream access locations
- Design of one pedestrian bridge crossing of the creek
- Identifying restoration fencing areas
- Implementing invasive species removal and control
- Planting and establishing upland and riparian vegetation areas
- Planning for the elimination of unauthorized footpaths
- Proposed improvements:
East & West Creek Access
Entrances A, D & G
Public Meeting Schedule
- Final Comprehensive Use and Management Plan February 22, 2011 (3.75 MB pdf)
- Final Improvements Plan December 15, 2011 (pdf)
- Final Management Plan Maps February 22, 2011 (pdf)
For a look at other documentation regarding this project, please see below:
- Mayor Becker's Veto Letter to the Council December 27, 2010 (pdf)
- Water Quality Issues letter to the Council from Salt Lake Valley Health Dept December 10, 2010 (pdf)
- Water Quality issues letter to the Council from SL County Watershed Planning & Restoration December 13, 2010 (pdf)
- Fact Sheet and FAQs December 27, 2010 (pdf)
- Mayor Becker’s Management Plan Recommendation to City Council May 6, 2010 (6MB pdf)
- Off Leash Dog Sites in Salt Lake County (pdf)
- Previous Drafts and Open House Packet (link)
Please visit www.slcgov.com/offleash for more information regarding the current off leash public process.
|Cottonwood Park 1,2||300 North 1645 West|
|Freedom Trail/Memory Grove||375 North Canyon Road|
|Herman Franks Park 1||700 East 1300 South|
|Jordan Park||900 West 1000 South|
|Lindsey Gardens||9th Avenue & "M" Street|
|Parley's Historic Nature Park||2750 S. Heritage Way (2700E)|
|Pioneer Park 1,2||300 West 350 South|
1. Integrated Pest Managment Plan
This comprehensive noxious and invasive weed management plan for Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands emphasizes an integrated and adaptive weed management approach for treating weeds on open space and turf areas owned and managed by Salt Lake City. The plan considers current management conditions and emphasizes the restoration of native and desirable nonnative vegetation by cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical weed management strategies. This plan incorporates Salt Lake City's land management goals to reduce and contain weedy plant infestations, prevent unnecessary environmental disturbance, and maintain and/or restore native ecosystem functions. Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands will continue to add information to this plan as part of an ongoing, adaptive weed management process.
For the latest draft of the plan please click here (pdf).
2. Invasive Weed Guide: Common Invasive Plant Identification
Numerous exotic plant species considered noxious or invasive are well established in Salt Lake City, competing with native plants for sunlight, water and nutrients. Such invasive plants are not only effective at pioneering disturbed sites, but they also proliferate to exclude native plants, interrupting the natural process of plant succession and permanently dominating vegetative communities. Once established, invasive species can have a dramatic, negative impact on ecosystems.
To reclaim some of the values that natural open spaces provide to humans, we must enlist the help of others to help control the spread and establishment of invasive species. The most important factor in the long-term sustainability of a community-supported, noxious and invasive weed control program is the establishment of native and desirable plant species. This guide is intended to help citizens and land managers identify and control invasive weeds on their property. It pertains specifically to the management of natural open spaces; it does not include prescriptions for managed turf or recreational facilities. For more detailed information on invasive plants and pest control see the Salt Lake City Integrated Pest Management Plan.
3. Sustainable Turf Management Plan (In Development)
Due to concerns about community and environmental health, surface and groundwater contamination from chemical fertilizers and pesticides, Salt Lake City is launching a pilot project to explore lawn care practices in Salt Lake City park lands that are more sustainable and prioritize better maintenance practices to minimize chemical use. We are currently working on an action plan to guide our turf maintenance and serve as a model for citizens and other land managers.
The principal goals of Organic Turf Management (OTM) are:
- Minimizing or eliminating use of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers;
- Improving soil health and enhancing biological cycles within our turf areas;
- Using cultural methods, such as aeration and over seeding; and
- Planting species that are less susceptible to pests and diseases and well adapted to the environmental conditions of this region.
Click here for full project information on the Regional Athletic Complex.
Salt Lake City will meet its contractual obligation to relocate and rebuild the Jordan River Model Port. As part of the land transfer agreement between Utah State Parks and Recreation and Salt Lake City, the City is obligated to rebuild the model port and operate it for four years. The City started construction of the Regional Sports Complex (RAC) in late December, 2010. The Model port was closed at that time. A replacement site had already been selected and a construction plans prepared. Not long after construction of the RAC commenced the Jordan River Restoration Network filed a law suit against the City challenging the City’s bond issuance process and the ability of the City to sell the bonds authorized by voters in 2003. The bonds, are to be used to construct the RAC, including the model port. The lawsuit has temporarily put a halt to the City’s plan to sell the bonds.
In order to accelerate the litigation currently preventing the sale of the bonds, the City filed a bond validation lawsuit. The District Court ruled in the City’s favor. The lawsuit was appealed to the Utah Supreme Court which heard oral arguments on November 1, 2011. The Court has not yet made a ruling. The City hopes the Court will rule in its favor, at which time the City will take action to sell the bonds, secure the private funding commitment and resume construction work on both the RAC and the model port facility.
The City understands the impacts and the loss of opportunity the closure of the model port has placed on modelers. Other model port sites are located in the Salt Lake valley, but they are not conveniently located, nor is their site versatility comparable to the Jordan River Model Port. While the City waits for a court ruling it is looking at other sites and options that may be acceptable and more cost effective. The City will continue to search for reasonable options.
Due to the construction of the Regional Athletic Complex, the Model Airport Facility that was previously located on that site is now permanently closed. A new facility will soon be under construction near 7500 W and 1300 S.
Aerial of Model Airport Site (click on image for full-sized pdf):
Airport Layout (click on image for full-sized pdf):
In November of 2012, Salt Lake County voters will have the opportunity to approve the Park and Trails Bond, which authorizes the County to issue $47 million in bonds to complete the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Parley’s Trail, acquire land for future park development in Magna, and build three new regional parks in Bluffdale, Draper and West Valley City/Kearns.
To view more information regarding this topic, click here.
The purpose of the project is to first establish an Open Space signage master plan that outlines the standards and measures for enhancing the user experience. The standards development will be followed by the detailed design of specific signs for nine identified sites:
- Bonneville Shoreline Preserve
- Bonneville Shoreline Trail
- Ensign Peak Trail
- Hidden Hollow
- Jordan River Parkway Trail
- Miller Park Bird Refuge and Nature Preserve
- Parley's Historic Nature Park
- Wasatch Hollow
View more information on this project from project partner Landmark Design, Inc.
Last October, Salt Lake City conducted a workshop to get input on a portion of Liberty Park that we refer to as the “concessions” or “amusements” area. At this time the City would like to share with you some of the results of the workshop. Liberty Park - Site Planning Workshop Report: Aviary & Concession Areas (click on the title for the report) was written by Logan-Simpson Design, the firm the City contracted with to conduct the workshop. The workshop demonstrated, once again, how much people value Liberty Park within our community. It also generated many good ideas for what the amusements area can be in the future. And, as is common in workshops, it raised many good questions about the amenities within Liberty Park overall.
Based upon this study and the workshop, Salt Lake City parks staff have identified the following next steps:
- We are requesting that City Council reallocate a portion of the existing budget in order to expand the planning for Liberty Park and the design for this area.
- Once the funding request is approved, we will develop an overall Liberty Park Master Plan. Having an updated master plan in place helps guide future projects and preservation in the park, beyond the area that this project studied.
- Finally, we will conduct a further study of the west central entrance to the park to further explore many of the ideas we received in the workshop. This area includes the main entrance Tracy Aviary, the concessions and rides, parking and the park maintenance yard. This next study will result in a site and programming design.
Nancy Monteith will be presenting information from the workshop report as well as discussing next steps at the following Community Councils meetings in September:
- Central City Community Council: Wednesday September 3, 6:00 pm
Meeting location: Liberty Senior Center- 251 East 700 South
- Liberty Wells Community Council: Wednesday, September 10, 7:00 pm
Meeting location: Tracy Aviary Education Center
- East Liberty Park Community Organization: Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm
Meeting location: Tracy Aviary Education Center
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