Open Space

Salt Lake City provides exceptional outdoor opportunities to recreate, connect with nature, and build community, while supporting a healthy environment through its natural lands, parks and trails.

2015 Goals

  • Engage citizens in conservation, park development, and open space stewardship.
  • Balance active recreation with conservation and ensure equitable public access to open space.
  • Protect, restore, conserve and manage natural areas to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem functions.


  • The ratio of acreage of parks, natural lands and golf courses per 1,000 people.

  • Acres of natural lands restored.

  • New or updated recreational opportunities provided.

  • Participate in the Jordan River Commission to develop an ecological assessment and long-term management plan for the corridor.

  • Open space management plans completed.

  • Implement a Youth Conservation Corps to educate youth on restoration issues.

Starting Point

  • 10.3 acres per 1,000 residents in 2012.

  • 2 acres in 2012.

  • Begin in 2012.

  • 4 completed as of 2012.

  • Begin in 2012.

2015 Target

  • Continue to exceed national standard of 6.5 acres per 1000 residents.

  • 61 acres (25 of these acres on the Jordan River)

  • 5 new or updated opportunities.

  • Complete in 2015.

  • 7 completed.

  • Complete four sessions by 2015.

Current Status

  • 17.9 acres per 1,000 residents in 2014.

  • 11 acres are slated for restoration in 2015. Restoration of an additional 63 acres is planned for 2016/2017.

  • Several new opportunities are in the works, including development of 9Line Trail, a new bike terrain park on 9Line, and a new JRP trail-head at 1800 North. Other projects include new community garden opportunities and off leash dog parks. Improved off-leash stream access in Parley's Canyon and a new Ensign Peak trail are planned for 2015.

  • Newly drafted West Salt Lake Master Plan calls for the recognition and enhancement of the Jordan River. Comprehensive Open Space Natural Lands Management Plan also underway, with completion scheduled for 2016.

  • The Open Space Lands program has shifted their focus to create one comprehensive Open Space Lands Management Plan.
  • Two sessions were held in 2012. One session was held in 2013. One session was held in 2014, and one additional session is planned for 2015.