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Seeds of Success Job Training Program


Seeds of Success, a new project of Wasatch Community Gardens, is up and running!  Sees of Success is focused on supporting unemployed and underemployed single moms with job training and placement.


Seeds of Success organizers are hosting a ten-week job training that is completely free to participants and will provide moms with their Certified Nursing Assistant license.  The curriculum also includes skills development days taking place on the Green Team Farm, where moms will learn to grow their own food while developing essential job skills.  The Seeds of Success team will work to find the right job placement for each mom with different shift options in hospitals, home health, assisted living, or long-term care facilities.
To find out more about this amazing project, plan to attend and Information Meeting for interested moms on March 20 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Sorenson Unity Center,  1383 S 900 W.  There is also a Facebook event for the info meeting.
You can help by spreading the word!
Print these flyers and distirbute:










2018 Fireworks Restrictions includes Fairpark Community

Dry conditions has resulted in Salt Lake City restrictions on this season’s fireworks celebrations.  The Fairpark Community is within the area where fireworks will not be permitted this year.  Hefty fines will be imposed for violators.  Details can be found at the SLC Fire Dept website.

The following list outlines the restrictions as well as fines for violations.

Restrictions on open fires and firework use:
  • All areas east of 900 E. including the University of Utah campus.
  • All areas north of South Temple
  • City Creek Canyon
  • East of 300 W., North of Wall Street through Beck Street to the City limit to the north
  • All city parks and wildland urban interface areas
  • All areas west of Redwood Road

Those caught violating firework restrictions may incur a $1,000 fine.fireworks





Alternatives to Fireworks

July celebrations can still be enjoyed without fireworks!

Here are some websites that outline alternatives:

Parenting Magazine: 10 Fun Alternatives to Fireworks

The Inquisitive Mom: 15 Safe Alternatives to Fireworks

Westside Festival Returns for Encore

19399783_10154316971566618_1743804271726828779_n (1)The Westside Music Arts and Food Festival is returning to Sugar Space on June 16th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring many of the same musicians that made last year such a hit, the 2018 Festival has expanded hours and will feature Changing Lanes Experience as its headline act. Besides longer hours, Festival organizers also received a permit to close 800 West in front of Sugar Space. Over 50 art and information booths will line the street and multiple food trucks will be showcasing their menus. This is an all ages event with free admission.

Conceived last year as a way to showcase positive elements of the Westside, the Festival was a surprise success with multiple vendors and artists who attracted over 500 people in just four hours. With only weeks to prepare last year, this year’s organizers Restore North Temple and the River District Chamber decided to expand both the hours and the venue for 2018. Advanced planning allowed the organizers to receive a grant from Salt Lake City to help fund the 2018 event. “Generous support from Rocky Mountain Power has helped us immensely both years,” said Aaron Ernst of Restore North Temple. Andeavor is the main stage sponsor for 2018. Fairpark Community Council is a proud sponsor of the event providing accounting, logistical and marketing support.

2017’s Festival was a blur of activity with performers ranging from Polynesian drummers to bluesman Danny Weldon to the jazz quartet K-Tones. Dancers, aerialists and magicians entertained the crowd on three different stages while food trucks kept the crowd fed with a variety of delicious food. One attendee remarked last year he had the best tacos he’d ever tasted.

Traditions have to start somewhere and event organizers envisioned last year’s festival to be the start of something that would take place many times over the coming years. It’s telling that all the artists and musicians who were invited back jumped at the opportunity. 2018’s upcoming festival is the next step in the journey. It looks to be bigger, better and more fun than ever before.

Westside Music Art and Food Festival

Free admission!

Saturday June 16th – 11 am to 9 pm

Headline show – 7 pm – Changing Lanes Experience

132 S. 800 W. at Sugar Space

Parking – 200 S.

Take TRAX to Jackson/Euclid stop

Bike valet available

Salt Lake City Mobile App

The SLC Mobile App is an application available in theA p ple or Android app store. It is an online and mobile issue reporting and service request system for Salt Lake
City. The app is easy to use to report known issues, and  yo uc an follow the progress the city is making on resolving those issues. The app will use your GPS location and you can take a picture with your phone of the issue and upload it when

There are a number of issue types that can be reported through   the app: biking mobileappslcissues, construction concerns, crimetips, crosswalk maintenance, drinking water, graffiti removal,holiday tree pickup, illegal dumping of trash, leaf collection,
missing garbage lid, leaf collection, parking, plant /trees, pot hole, public utility issue, parks, roadway cleanup, roadwaypaint, sewer, sidewalks and ramps, snow/ice removal,speeding prevention, storm water, street lights, street signs,traffic signal, trash/recycle/compost bin, vehicle (expired tag), vehicle violation, water, water conservation, water in street, and weed abatement. If what you are reporting is
an emergency with someone in danger, please call 911 for dispatch.

Information about the Salt Lake Mobile App is a static feature on our website, on the left sidebar.

Neighborhood Cleanup Changes

Neighbor Cleanup has been part of Salt Lake for more than 20 year. It has been a great way for residents to help keep their yard and homes clean. However, it will come as no surprise to anyone who lives on the west side that the current program leaves something to be desired. For us it has often been a period of weeks with piles of trash call2haulleft on the street.

After an intensive public outreach campaign last year and a survey with over 4,000 responses the city is changing how the program works. Starting this summer the city is adopting a “Call 2 Haul” program. Starting sometime around the middle of June, and continuing year round, each house in the city will be able to call and schedule their own day to have bulk waste removed.

We are excited to how the new program works. Please talk to your neighbors and let them know about the new system. We are very hopeful that “Call 2 Haul” will help keep our streets looking much better this summer.

To learn more and see the results of the survey check out this link

Pedal in the City: Jordan Parkway Trail Finished!

bridge2A long awaited dream for Fairpark residents and bike enthusiasts all over the city has come true.  Residents can now cycle the entire Jordan Parkway Trail without skirting around side streets between sections of trail.  The Jordan River Trail Bridge was officially opened and dedicated at celebration event on November 18 at Fisher Mansion.  This bridge completes Jordan River Trail, an urban paved trail that follows the Jordan River through Salt Lake City from Davis County through Utah County.


Speaking at the dedication ceremony included David Litvak,SLC Mayor’s office, Ben bridge3McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor, James Rogers, Salt Lake City Council District 1, Stan Penfold, Salt Lake City Council District 3, Rep.  Sandra Hollins, District 23, and Kyle Lamalfa, former District 2 City Council Member, who was instrumental in moving forward the completion of the Jordan River Parkway Trail.


More information is available at the Jordan River Commission ( and the Salt Lake City (

Annual Community Coat Exchange

coatexchangehaveaheart1Bring a coat, take a coat: If you need a coat, come get one. If you have a coat, we know someone who can use it.

Fairpark Community Council is once again partnering with Blue Sky Institute for its annual Community Coat Exchange.

The Community Coat Exchange has been an ongoing event in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2005.

The event is held annually at Pioneer Park from 10am to 1pm the day after Thanksgiving.

The Coat Exchange is a collection and distribution of winter coats and other clothing items.  The idea is for people to bring donations to any of the drop off centers before Thanksgiving or to the event itself.  The drop off for Fairpark is All Chay restaurant, 500 North 1264 West. Chapman Library is the drop off for the Poplar Grove area, 577 South 900 West.

At the event, no questions are asked:  If you need a coat, come get one.  If you want to exchange a coat, bring the coat you want to donate and take one in exchange.  If you have a donation of coats, we know people who can use them.

Left over coats are donated to the Crossroads Urban Center Thrift Store, a project of the Crossroads Urban Center which advocates for low income and homeless people.   The Crossroads Urban Center Thrift Store gives clothes away to poor people and also sells clothes and other goods in its retail shop to the general public to help fund the Crossroads Urban Center programs.

Please call 801-502-1991 for more information.

Education Corner: Starting the day ready to learn: It’s what’s for Breakfast

sbpMany children arrive to school without having eaten breakfast. Starting the day hungry is not conducive to learning. There is ample evidence behind the science of eating breakfast to start the day ready to learn and perform, and how school breakfast programs set the stage for students on a daily basis.

A 2013 study on the effects of breakfast on behavior and academic performance in students (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience August, 2013) revealed that effects of breakfast consumption and school breakfast programs positively affect learning in children, across socio-economic status, in terms of behavior, cognitive, and school performance.

edcornerThe Food Research and Action Center produced a brief of research findings in 2016 that demonstrated a correlation between breakfast and school performance among children.
In the Fairpark community, Backman Elementary School’s Breakfast in the Classroom Program is an exemplar of how students are ready to learn as a result of the structure to provide nutrition at the start of the day. A description of Backman’s breakfast program can be viewed at this link: