Raging Waters has been a topic of intense interest for many of you. We asked Councilman Andrew Johnston to provide an update on the status of the park.
Here is what he provided:
"The park was originally built between 1977-1980 using federal funds with the agreement that it would only be used for outdoor recreation going forward. The 20+ acres is zoned as open space restricting any other non-recreational development on the site. In 2019, a new operator was under contract to reopen the park but after further review of the facilities it was determined that the buildings, and other facilities, were in much worse condition than previously known and it would need at least $20 million to repair and make it operable. That agreement was voided as no funding was identified. As of May 2020, the former waterpark is still empty and there has been no operator identified to reopen the park.
Over the past several months, we have had several fires in the park, and most recently, a high volume of people have broken into the premises.
Salt Lake City Parks, Real Estate and the Mayor’s office have stated that they intend to request funding from the city council, within the next several weeks, to provide 24hr security at the park and we will need to fund further weed control.
Moving forward, I would strongly advocate for a regional park with amenities that we do not have in other parks in the city. And keep it free, or deeply affordable for all local residents. I would love to keep a waterpark. However, a waterpark is very expensive, and I fear pricing local residents out of it if we were to go to a private operator who would need to recoup an investment. We could approach Salt Lake County, who already runs many regional parks across the county. The next round of county ZAP tax funding would not be voted on until 2024 and available in 2026 (I believe) if that funding were to be used for such a park.
The Mayor’s office reports that they would like to get neighborhood feedback regarding what to do with the park going forward and I encouraged them to do so as soon as possible."
In this video:
- The latest legislative session and COVID-19 updates from Senator Luz Escamilla, Representative Angela Romero, and Representative Sandra Hollins.
- Councilman Andrew Johnston and Josh Rebollo present on Salt Lake City Council and Salt Lake City Government business.
- Brian Tonetti of Seven Canyons Trust and Tyler Murdock from Salt Lake City discuss the status of the Three Creeks Confluence project.
- North Temple Redesign updates from Jeff Gulden at Salt Lake City Transportation.
- Plans for a nature center on the Jordan River by the Wasatch Mountain Institute.
There's a lot to get caught up on, be sure to watch!
Our board has been monitoring the COVID-19 crisis as it has evolved. In March we made the decision to cancel our April and May meetings. Since then, the situation has changed in a way that we feel that we need to have an opportunity to come together to have our regular meeting in May.
Please join the Glendale Community Council for our May meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7pm. We will be conducting our meeting online via Zoom. Our meetings are a great opportunity to learn about the happenings in our community from city departments, elected officials, and your fellow neighbors. Below is the agenda for May's meeting:
7:00 - 7:20 pm - Legislative Session Update - Representative Angela Romero and Senator Luz Escamilla
7:20 - 7:30 pm - City Council Update - Councilman Andrew Johnston
7:30 - 7:40 pm - Mayor's Office Update - Josh Rebollo
7:40 - 8:00 pm – Three Creeks Confluence Update - Brian Tonetti, Seven Canyons Trust and Tyler Murdock, Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands Program
8:00 - 8:10 pm - North Temple Resurfacing Project - Jeff Gulden
8:10 - 8:20 pm - Wasatch Mountain Institute
8:20 - 8:30 pm - Council and Community Updates
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At the February meeting of the Glendale Community Council, a resident presented a request for the Council to request removal of the Urban Treehouse at Bend in the River. Salt Lake City’s Trails and Natural Lands Division has requested that the Glendale community provide feedback to inform their decision.
Salt Lake City’s Trails and Natural Lands Division has informed the Council that they are prepared to remove the Urban Treehouse if the community supports such a decision.
To gather feedback the Glendale Community Council and Poplar Grove Community Council are distributing this survey to get input from residents.
If you have questions about this survey, please contact Glendale Council Chair Turner Bitton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 564-3860 or Poplar Grove Chair Erik Lopez at email@example.com.
The Glendale Community Council submitted the attached letter to the Salt Lake City Transportation Division Department of Community and Neighborhoods regarding a proposed resurfacing of 1700 South between Redwood Road and 2700 South.
We asked residents to submit feedback for inclusion in the letter and the attached letter is an amalgamation of that feedback.
We want to express our appreciation to the Salt Lake City Transportation Division for incorporating our feedback into the final design of the street.
You may submit updates for publication to our Chair Turner Bitton at firstname.lastname@example.org.