SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Election Day results were certified throughout Utah on Tuesday, November 22, making them official. Those results included resounding support from Salt Lake City voters for a new $85 million bond that would support the city’s parks, trails and open spaces.
The bond will be used for a variety of projects across the city, including the new 17-acre Glendale Park on the former site of Raging Waters Water Park on 1700 South. When completed, the park will be the newest regional park (like Liberty and Sugar House Parks) in over 60 years
Other projects include improving Liberty Park with a new playground for all abilities and a new park at the Fleet Block in the Granary District. In addition to new green spaces, the $85 million bond will also fund improvements to the water quality and habitats of the Jordan River and Emigration Creek. It will also complete the Folsom Trail connection to the Jordan River Parkway Trail.
“The Salt Lakers love the outdoors, they love the green spaces in their community, and I’m thrilled to see such support for new parks, trails and open spaces in every corner of our capital,” Salt Lake City said. . Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “This bond will drive generational change in our neighborhoods, and I can’t wait to see it take shape.”
According to Salt Lake City officials, funding for the bond will be secured in installments over 20 years. Some bond-funded projects have already completed conceptual design and public engagement while others are underway. Other projects will not begin until the bond financing has been issued.