Salt Lake City

Parks & Public Lands

Committed to providing clean and beautiful green spaces for the community of and visitors to Salt Lake City.
Programs include Salt Lake City Parks, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Urban Forestry, Open Space, and Graffiti Removal. Click on the pictures below or links to the left to view the program sites.

Parks

Cemetery

Urban Forestry

Open Space

Graffiti

Click here for an overview of Salt Lake City's Parks & Public Lands Program

Did you know

Click here for information regarding the Get Into The River Event on May 31st.

Check out the Purge Your Spurge & Waterwise Plant Sale Events from our Community Partners. Visit purgeyourspurge.org for more information!

You can use the Parks & Open Space interactive map to find where to recreate.

There are individual pages for Parks & Public Lands with photos and more information on each specific park.

You can see what's going on at the Parks by checking out the Parks Calendar.

Click here for more information regarding the Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry and Trails Advisory Board.

If you would like to make a cash donation or donate a park amenity, public art, or any public improvement please contact us at publicservicesinfo@slcgov.com

Current Items of Interest

Click here for Riparian Restoration Projects - Miller Park, Liberty Lake, 900 South Oxbow, Jordan River Trailside (1800 N)
Riparian Restoration funding for four sites along Salt Lake City Waterways.
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Click here for Bike Terrain Parks

Purpose

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. 

Development Constraints

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.

Development Opportunities

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.

2012 Timeline

At this point many dates are still tentative. Please check www.slcparks.com for updates.

May

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

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

July

Analyze Open House input sessions
Solicit citizen input

August

TBD- Stakeholder meetings
Identify appropriate locations
Develop conceptual ideas and alternatives

September

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

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

Possible additions to Bike Terrain Parks. Click for more information.
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Click here for 600 East Median Irrigation Project

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.

Salt Lake City is planning for the renovation of 600 East median irrigation system from South Temple to 900 South. Click for more information
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Click here for Parley's Historic Nature Park Plans and Information

Visit the Open Space Projects page to view full details regarding the project taking place at Parley's Historic Nature Park. 

Click here for a flyer about the history, management and future of Parley's Historic Nature Park.

Latest

This page will be continually updated as information becomes available.

 
Parley’s Creek and the land that surrounds it at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon has a special place in Utah history as a crossroads, a center of industry, and an important natural corridor. It is one of the largest and most diverse natural open spaces in the Salt Lake valley and contains one of the most natural and contiguous riparian corridors in the City. The 88-acre park was established to protect and interpret these features. It has also been identified for decades as a critical link in regional open space and trail networks.
 
The park is continuously growing in popularity for recreational uses such as dog walking, BMX biking, nature appreciation, and trail use along the Parley’s Trail, to be constructed in 2009. Salt Lake City is currently developing the park’s first master plan to help balance this diversity of recreation uses with the need to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources in the park. 
 
The Master Planning process began in fall of 2008 and will continue through spring of 2010, with the goal of having a plan complete when Parley's Trail opens in the park."  After the full plan is complete, the city can allocate its budget and staff to priority projects and management efforts to ensure the park’s sustainable for the long-term.  

Contact Us

Parley's Historic Nature Park - Contacts

Mayors Office Community Affairs Liaison Shawn McDonough shawn.mcdonough@slcgov.com
 
Open Space Lands Program Manager Leslie Chan openspacecomments@slcgov.com

 

The 88-acre park was established to protect and interpret its natural and historic features. It has also been identified for decades as a critical link in regional open space and trail networks. Click for more information.
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Click here for Off-Leash Parks Information

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 Indicates parks with water available for dogs and people
2 Indicates parks under a one year off-leash trial period
 
 
 
 
Interactive parks map (ability to filter by parks with off-leash areas)

Click here for more information about Salt Lake City's Off-Leash Dog Parks.
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Click here for Integrated Pest Managment Plan

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 for more information regarding Parks & Public Lands' Integrated Pest Management Plan.
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Click here for Regional Athletic Complex Information

Click here for full project information on the Regional Athletic Complex.

Salt Lake City voters passed a $15.3 million bond in 2003 for the construction of a Regional Athletic Complex to provide soccer and baseball fields for recreation and competition purposes. The use of public funds was contingent upon securing a $7.5 million match from private sources, fulfilled through a gift from the Major League Soccer Organization Real Salt Lake in 2007. 
Click for more information regarding the Regional Athletic Complex.
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Click here for Model Airport Relocation Information

Update:

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.

The new Model Airport runway will be 60 feet wide by 550 feet long with a 10 foot shoulder on both sides and 50 feet over run areas at each end (base gravel). There will be a gravel parking area for 92 cars, a 35 foot by 35 foot concrete helipad, a 55 foot by 315 foot concrete lay-down and set-up area with seven 14 foot by 14 foot shade pavilions, and a 12 ft by 16 foot shed with counter top window. The existing restroom from the old Model Airport will be relocated to this site. The footprint of this new site was taken from and closely resembles the old Model Airport.
 
For more information, please call the Parks Division at 801.972.7800
 

Address:

 
7500 W 1300 S (approximate)
 
 

Aerial of Model Airport Site (click on image for full-sized pdf):

Airport Layout (click on image for full-sized pdf):

 

Click for more information regarding relocation of the model airport.
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Click here for Wasatch Hollow Preserve
Information on Wasatch Hollow Preserve
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Click here for Dog Guardian Policies

Click this following link for the Salt Lake City Dog Guardian Policies (3MB pdf).  Visit www.slcgov.com/offleash for more information.

Better trained animals & better stewardship
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Click here for Salt Lake County's Park & Trails Bond Information

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.

Salt Lake County Park & Trails Bond Information
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