Magazine article Parks & Recreation

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

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It's certainly no wonder that Salt Lake City was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Salt Lake Valley is overflowing with great natural beauty; perfect weather for both summer and winter sports; access to five national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion); and some of the greatest skiing in the world. The Salt Lake Valley is home to a community of sport and outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy one of the country's greatest systems of local parks and recreation facilities. Just like a perfect 10, it just doesn't get any better than this.

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation was established in 1946 to help provide organized sports for a growing population of 250,000. Now it serves close to a million people-more than 40 percent of the entire state's population-with 69 parks, 15 recreation centers, 19 Swimmingpools (including eight indoor facilities), six golf courses, four Olympic-sized ice sheets, two world-class four-diamond softball complexes and a bicycle motocross facility.

For 30 years, Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Event Center has provided horse lovers with a space to ride, board, show, race and play polo. This premier facility is home to rodeos, horse races, trade shows and concerts throughout the year.

The Historic Wheeler Farm was a 75-acre dairy farm in 1886 that was purchased by Salt Lake County in 1969 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Today it operates as a restored educational institution to demonstrate the best of rural farming at the turn of the century.

The Jordan River Parkway is a partially completed trailway running north to south through the Salt Lake Valley, passing through cattail-spiked wetlands with gracefully arching willows, and abundant wildlife and birds. Seven miles of trail have been paved for bicycles and pedestrians. The trail includes amenities such as parking areas, restroom facilities at trailheads, and pedestrian underpasses and overpasses for crossing roadways. …

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