The Sugar House Park Authority is conducting a public survey regarding the future design of the pond. For all of us who enjoy and love Sugar House Park let’s speak up.
Sugar House Park is the heart of Sugar House and is an active park for our community. It is 110 acres of green hills, trails, ponds, waterways, playgrounds, scenery and much more.
During the summer months Sugar House Park is hosting a walk or run every weekend and bustling with many more activities. This is a great place to exercise, fly kites, feed the birds. The park is open daily in the summer from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and in the winter from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
play in the creek, watch children on the playground, enjoy a game of soccer or baseball.
Check the park website to stay up to date on events being held in the park and for more information on pavilion rental, etc.
HISTORY OF THE PARK
Most residents know that Sugar House Park and Highland High was home to the Utah State Prison. Built in the 1880’s it served the state until 1951 when the current location in Draper opened. The old prison was demolished by 1955 and the graveyard moved to Draper. As construction moved forward for The Draw Tunnel under 1300 East to connect Hidden Hollow and Sugar House Park it became apparent to engineers that much of the prison rubble had been thrown into a ravine and 1300 East built on top of it.
The photos of the old prison location are found at the Utah Historical Society and Sprague Library.
Sugarmont Plaza was created in 2012 as the old tenant Deseret Industries had moved and we had a vacant building in our midst. This property is currently owned by the SLC Redevelopment Agency and they allowed us to create a temporary public plaza. This project was done with minimal cost and was designed to create a place where the public could gather and we could hold community events. So far Sugarmont Plaza has been home to a variety of activities ranging from the Sugar House Farmers Market, Food truck rallies and home for the Santa Shack.
The mural on the building was painted by street artists and they have truly given the place some life, but more importantly and probably unnoticed since the mural was painted there has been zero graffiti on this vacant building. The parking lot is painted new every year with different colors and designs to give it a fresh look and also tell a story of each year that goes by.
Sugar House is home to an amazing array of non-profits that do a tremendous job in our community. The Sugar House Community Council is also a nonprofit, but we want to highlight all the great work in our community. Take a look at what is going on here in our neighborhood and get involved!
Kiwani’s Club of Sugar House – Serves the community by sponsoring programs with the Boys & Girls Club of Sugar House, partnering with neighborhood schools to conduct leadership training, reading programs, annual Hidden Hollow clean up and much more. Looking for community members to get involved!
Hank Kennedy – President
Best Friends Adoption Center – Find your new family member at the Best Friends Animal Adoption Center. Best Friends is a no-kill facility that works to place their rescues in their forever homes. Consider volunteering to walk the dogs and if you are looking for a new pet drop in to the facility.
2005 S 1100 E
Boys & Girls Club of Sugar House –Offer a variety of programs from elementary age to teens through activities that include sports, photography, sign language, painting, language and so much more. Get in touch with them to discover all the great things that await your children.
968 E Sugarmont Ave
Utah AIDS Foundation – The UAF works to help prevent HIV infection and empowers people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to live healthier and fuller lives through targeted prevention education and direct client services. This really doesn’t begin to describe the amount of outreach, education and services UAF provides the community. They operate a 24-hour crisis hotline, coordinate meal delivery and home care for direct services and HIV prevention programs to just name a few. They have numerous volunteer opportunities where you can get involved to make a difference in your community, but more importantly make a difference in someone’s life.
1408 S 1110 E
Utah Open Lands – UOL is a land conservation organization that works to help permanently preserve open space for future generations. Their office has been in Sugar House for a long time and they currently hold the conservation easement for Hidden Hollow Natural Area (a Sugar House gem). They are always in need of volunteers.
2188 S Highland Dr #203
HawkWatch International – Hawkwatch has been around since 1986 and only recently made Sugar House their base to highlight the great work they do to protect and educate us about raptors. Their mission is to help protect the environment through education, long-term monitoring and scientific research centered around raptors as a health-indicator species. They are a wealth of knowledge on conservation science and do many activities in the community to highlight and educate about raptors. It’s easy to get involved.
2240 S 900 E
Jewish Family Services – The JFS is a nondemoninational social service organization. They provide counseling, care management and community education in service to a diverse population as they work to strengthen families. They have a qualified staff that helps support teens, seniors, refugees, students and families in need of counseling. “JFS is able to provide a very professional level of support to those in need in the Jewish and the greater Salt Lake communities. They serve as our arm in reaching out to the community at large and are committed to preserving human dignity,” says Rabbi Tracee Rosen of Salt Lake’s Congregation Kol Ami.
1111 E Brickyard Rd Ste 109
Rape Recovery Center – Another long time Sugar House non-profit the Rape Recovery Center has been working tirelessly to provide counseling, education and support to victims of sexual assault. They operate a 24-crisis hotline, a 24-hour hospital response team, and they offer professional therapy and support groups to victims and their families. Through advocacy, community education programs and volunteers they help make a difference in our community.
2035 S 1300 E
Youthlinc – Creating lifetime humanitarians through service programs. Youthlinc is an amazing organization that promotes community service from a local to international level. They offer a multi cultural experience for students and volunteer mentors that will enrich your life as well as the community both here and abroad. This is one organization you want to learn more about and get involved as they make a difference in so many lives and they are located right here in Sugar House.
1140 E Brickyard Rd #76
Utah Rivers Council – Started in the 1990s in response to a proposed dam on the Diamond Fork this group has grown to advocate for Utah’s rivers and clean water sources for us all. Through grassroots advocacy, community leadership, education and research they work hard to give the rivers a voice. It’s easy to get involved with this great group of folks that range from avid river runners to strong conservationists. They have ample volunteer opportunities and internships.
1055 E 2100 S #207
Renewable Energy Resources – A grassroots organization is working to promote alternative energy resources in light of climate change. Through advocacy and educational programs RER is working to offer solutions to reducing our carbon footprint and living more in balance with our environment. They have a massive amount of information on their website and offer many programs in which to learn more. If you have any questions about solar, wind, geothermal or biomass these is a great place to get information and take action.
769 Harrison Ave
Visual Art Institute – The VAI is a premier art program from children and teens. They offer classes and program in all mediums of drawing, sculptures, animation, architecture, painting, film making and more. Sugar House is lucky to have such a diversified organization offering these amazing classes to encourage children’s artistic expressions and individuality. Take advantage and learn more.
2901 S Highland Dr
The Rotary Club of Sugar House – The rotary club of Sugar House is centered upon the ideal of fostering and encouraging service to your community and the world. The service programs they run is extensive and reach out to every level of community service. To learn more about this worthwhile organization or to contact them visit their website.
The Parleys, Rails, Trails and Tunnels (PRATT) effort is focused on connecting the Jordan River Parkway with the Bonneville Shoreline. The PRATT Coalition has been working on these connections for decades. Committed community members volunteer to work with municipalities and county officials to identify the alignments and help advocate for this trail.
The Salt Lake City portion of Parley’s Trail is nearly complete and it goes through the heart of Sugar House. We are very fortunate to have this amenity in our community and hope you continue to take advantage of it. The recent additions have been the Greenway along the streetcar line, the Draw Tunnel connecting Hidden Hollow to Sugar House Park, the trail along the south end of Sugar House Park, the trail in Tanner’s Park and the overpass along I-80.
View more maps of Parleys Trail.
Consider donating to the PRATT Coalition of volunteering to help see the entirety of this trail become a reality.
The SHFM is coming back with a new location Fairmont Park.
The market will also change to Wednesday nights. The season starts Wed, June 8th through October 26th.
Hope to see you all there for some great locally grown produce, food and crafts.
The Management Plan for Parley’s Historic Nature Park is available for review at the following website here. You can download all documents and review each step and and provide comments via the “contact us” function on this webpage. Please take a moment to send your comments to the city.
Salt Lake City Parks Division:
Parley’s Creek and the land that surrounds it at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon has a special place in Utah history as one of the natural open spaces in the Salt Lake valley and contains one of the most natural and contiguous riparian corridors in the City. The 88-acre park was established to protect and interpret these features. It has also been identified for decades as a critical link in regional open space and trail networks.
The park is continuously growing in popularity for recreational uses such as a dog park, BMX biking, nature appreciation, and trail use along the Parley’s Trail that was completed in 2010. Salt Lake City has developed the park’s first master plan to help balance this diversity. The master planning process began in the fall of 2008 and was completed in 2010. We hope to continue using this amazing open space area for a diversity of uses.
Sugar House has many treasures and we count Hidden Hollow as one of them. Located along the section of Parley’s Creek that runs through Sugar House Commons shopping area Hidden Hollow was once the original site of Sugar House Park.
Long forgotten and covered with years worth of debris and garbage it was rediscovered by a group of students from Hawthorne Elementary who, in 1990 took on the task of restoring the 3 acre natural area. It is now open to the public as a nature community park and outdoor classroom.
Hidden Hollow not only has a rich cultural history, but also has significant ecological value. This small 3 acre natural area has a variety of tree groves, a wetlands area, and a riparian forest. In May of 2000, Mayor Rocky Anderson granted a conservation easement to Utah Open Lands Conservation Association to preserve Hidden Hollow Nature Area as open space for future generations.
The Hidden Hollow Master Plan was written in 1998 identifying its many values and characteristics. A Management Plan was established in 2002 to focus on the variety of plant species and combating invasive species. To view a map of Hidden Hollow and the associated wildflowers and weeds visit: http://www.rootcellar.us/wildflowers/hhplants.htm
Rediscovering and reclaiming Hidden Hollow Natural Area was a tremendous project led by students at Hawthorne Elementary and maintaining it continues to be a community effort. In order to preserve the biological integrity of this natural area volunteer projects are being established to focus on weed control. Please view
the current events section of the SHCC home page to find out the next date when you can discover this hidden treasure within our community and be a part of keeping it natural by volunteering for clean up projects.