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Explore the Jordan River by bike and boat during October!

jordanrivertripsA coalition of environmental groups has proposed the development of a series of nature park along the Jordan River corridor all the way across Salt Lake City. The plan is called “Nature in the City.”

To learn about this plan residents of the Fair Park, Rose Park, Jordan Meadows or Westpoint neighborhoods are invited to tour the river corridor with expert guides in a series of three FREE bike and float trips down the river. You’ll learn a lot about the river and have a great time meeting your west side neighbors!

For more information go to www.natureinthecityslc.org and to register for any of these trips contact Ray Wheeler at wheeler.ray@gmail.com

October 8, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:  12-mile bike trip all the way across the city on the Jordan River Parkway Trail, with multiple stops to explore open space and parks.   We’ll all use our own bikes and our own cars for the shuttle from the end point at about 2800 North, Redwood Road, back to the starting point in the parking area east of the Redwood Community Center (3060 Lester Street, West Valley City.)

October 15, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:  12-mile bike trip all the way across the city on the Jordan River Parkway Trail, with multiple stops to explore open space and parks.    This trip will end at a river party at 1800 North hosted by the West View quarterly newspaper to celebrate its fall issue devoted to the Jordan River.   Food, music, and games for kids at the party.

October 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm:  “multimodal” tour of the Jordan River corridor with expert guides who will teach you boating skills, .  Any number of people can join us for the bike trip, and up to at least a dozen people on the canoe trip (we are limited by the number of boats.)   Float trip participants will be shuttled back to their cars at 1700 South in the S’PLORE van, and their bikes will be guarded by a watchman during the float trip.  You’ll not only learn about our plan for the river corridor, but will also learn paddling and river running safety skills from the professinoal river guides of S’PLORE.

October 29, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm:  the itinerary, schedule and activities for this second  “mulimodal” (bike/float) trip will be identical to those of the Oct. 22 trip described above.

Community Partners Focus on Jordan River Parkway Trail and North Temple

IMG_2187The University Neighborhood Partnership (UNP) West Side Studio has worked alongside the neighborhoods for years and has listened to many ideas and hopes for our community. Fairpark Community Council Board Members and the UNP joined together to explore ideas and opinions from people who live in the area. These people are the treasure of the neighborhood, and their voices will help facilitate the best plan forward regarding connections between the Jordan River Parkway and North Temple.

Three topical areas were the focus of discussion in the groups, led by Community Council leaders and facilitated by University of Utah students. Two areas involved three focus groups from Fairpark:

1) Improving/enhancing bikability/walkability (e.g. explore adding bike sharing stations at various points along the river and/or at the North Temple/Parkway intersection)

2) Inform planning for signage and wayfinding along the river (e.g. explore preferred content, languages, look, etc.)
Focus groups met in March at various locations.  The outcomes of the ideas generated by these meetings will be presented on May 4, 2016 at 3:30pm at the Northwest Community Center. All are welcome!