FROM RANGE TO RIVER
Downtown is blessed with multiple public spaces, wide streets that create a sense of openness, and an enviable closeness to both the foothills and the Jordan River Parkway. Few cities can claim a downtown as close to a mountain environment as ours is to City Creek Canyon.
A significant recommendation of Downtown Rising is the connection of the Wasatch Range with the Jordan River through downtown. This Range to River link will be accomplished by the creation of Green Loops linking downtown with City Creek Canyon, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, the Jordan River Parkway and Liberty Park. This "Green Loop" is another Downtown Rising signature project and includes new and revitalized ribbons of green parkland and walking and biking paths through the heart of our city. The connections include:
The City Creek Greenway
A row of parks or natural features extends west from City Creek Park (North Temple and State) through Temple Square, with a continuing presence in the Triad Center, The Gateway and extending as a waterway west to the Jordan River Parkway. While these parks should remind people of the natural feature that once was, they will not necessarily always have water running through them. In some places there will be fountains, in other places they will be lazy places to relax, and at other places they will be a narrow landscaped waterway. As a whole, this new stretch of parks ties together key downtown destinations. As a whole, the Greenway provides the defining recreational amenity for the northern part of downtown.
"Park Avenue" Green Corridors
200 East and 300 East join South Temple and 600 East as heavily landscaped boulevards - green corridors that connect the city's parks and recreational amenities. These routes are still fully functioning streets, places with traffic and on-street parking, and yet, they are some of the most preferred places to go for a downtown walk. Their many trees and stronger emphasis on landscaping soften the adjacent urban environment. As the location of many existing and new mid-rise residential buildings, 200 East holds particular potential for the addition of center park strips to help define this street as the core of an urban neighborhood.
500 West Park Blocks
The existing park blocks west of The Gateway are extended south to 900 South. These urban oases are the recreation focal points for new urban neighborhoods that emanate out from existing west side lofts.
Develop a substantial, meandering and natural path of parks through this reclaimed industrial space in the Gateway neighborhood.
900 South Jogging Trail
A former rail right-of-way next to 900 South between Interstate 15 and the Jordan River is transformed into a new walking and jogging trail.