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Nature in the City Proposal

Seventeen local, regional and national environmental groups have endorsed a proposal called “Nature in the City”, to create a riparian greenway along the Jordan

Pictured here is the new Fred and Ila Fife Wetlands Preserve, west bank Jordan River at 900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

Pictured here is the new Fred and Ila Fife Wetlands Preserve, west bank
Jordan River at 900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

River all the way across Salt Lake City. The plan, which has also been endorsed by both the Glendale and Poplar Grove community councils, would designate a series of
“nature parks” along the river corridor, mostly on existing city-owned open space. It would regrade stream banks to reduce erosion, replace non-native plants with native plant communities, add new wetlands, improve water quality and connectivity along the river both for people and wildlife. It would also promote nature
education, urban agriculture, off-street commuter bike trail expansion along, to and from the Jordan River Parkway Trail, and the creation of several nature-themed
community centers to serve as gateways to the river.
This proposal will be presented at the October Fairpark Community Council Meeting.
Pictured here is the new Fred and Ila Fife Wetlands Preserve, west bank Jordan River at 900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

Westview Media has a feature on this proposal here.

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.