Aug 2, 2015: Updates: Salt Lake City Council held a public hearing on July 28, 2015, in response to the bond initiative proposal, in particular the re-purposing of Glendale golf course, and the Parks, Trails and Open Space initiative. Many skaters along with members of the cycling community came to voice concerns for inclusion of skating and cycling sports as part of the initiative. The city council will continue to hear community input up until Aug 18, 2015, at which time council will make a decision on the bond initiate, whether it adopts or revises, or alters the scope of plans or declines the initiative altogether. During these critical few remaining weeks in the process your input is valuable, and could help include skating & cycling facilities as part of any bond proposal initiate approval by city council.
As we move forward, a revised envision of the SKATE UT concept plan has been modified to include for a 2 mile long 21' paved Veloway (a dedicated wheeled sport track, which is open only to non-motorized wheeled sports). A track of this nature can support skating & cycle race series, as well as serve as stage for learn to skate or cycle programs, plus, could be used for closed circuit running races.
With that, SKATE UT has presented a revised conceptual plan and programs accordingly, below. Please contact us if you have interest in getting involved to help bring these facilities to the greater Salt Lake City area.
Thank you for your interest in roller sports in Utah!
A Proposal for a Salt Lake City Recreational Roller Sports Plan:
[with an introduction letter from SKATE UT org. & SKATE NOW, inc., representative, Kimberly Kraan]
A recreational Parks, Trails, and Open Space bond will be proposed for the November 2015 ballot in Salt Lake City. Your input during the open public input process could affect what trail improvements and/or facilities for skating may be included as part of that bond. The bond amount will be proportional to the types of trails & facilities improvements as received by the community during input process. The city has re-opened for public input up until Aug 18th, please take part in this process and voice your support for skating facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah. [updated 2 Aug 2015]
Short History: On May 7, 2015 Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Councilman James Rogers unveiled a new website www.outdoorsslc.com for the “Parks, Trails, and Open Space Initiative". On May 13, 2015 Salt Lake City began a 2 week public input process for the “Salt Lake City Parks, Trails, and Open Space Initiative”, which closes May 28th. An online survey version for public input is still open online for commenting, and will close on May 31st. The initiative, if passed, could yield new paved trails, along with much needed trail links and improvement, new parks, and more open space for Salt Lake area community. Skaters should take a moment to input their ideas to help assure skaters needs are considered in this process. Often deemed a “fringe sport”, skaters constitute a small collective within the community, are generally not organized, and either don’t get involved, or miss hearing about, political planning processes that impact/effect their sport. But, when it comes to future of places to skate in Salt Lake City, Skaters, the time to be heard is NOW!
Not entirely sure where the initial input for the selection criteria of ideas were derived, that lead to the community questionnaire and online survey, but only skate parks seems to have made the short list, whereas other facets of skating were missed altogether. Skaters need: more paved trail surfaces, and above all improved skate trails (considerations for surfaces and safety); Connector trails; Competition Inline Banked Track; Competition level Skate Park Facility; Multi-use flat surface for Outdoor Roller Sports. Fortunately, there is still time in this process for skaters to provide public input and help secure more, and improved skating trails, and skating facilities for the future.
Among the ideas presented in the bond are the re-purposing of both Glendale and Jordan River Par-3 Golf Courses. How these 2 golf courses will be re-designed for future public use is wide open for your input. Your input could result in these both or either of these areas serving skating sports needs.
During the 2 week public input process, May 13-28, Salt Lake City residents, and those outside the city limits are encouraged to take park in the survey, learn more about the city’s proposal, and provide comments and ideas of their own into the planning process. Please take a moment and share your ideas for Skating sports with Salt Lake City officials.
Information re: the bond initiative survey & results can be found online: website: www.outdoorsslc.com
Online survey: website: www.slcgov.com/opencityhall
SkateNOW, inc, owner
and Skater, Salt Lake City, Utah
REVISED: 2 AUG 2015:
Proposal for a Salt Lake City Comprehensive and Inclusive Recreational Plan, with emphasis on Skating Sports, Paved Multi-use Trail Development, and providing a Wheels & Water Sports Destination Park in the Re-purposing of Glendale Golf Course:
[The following comments were submitted to the 2015 Salt Lake City Parks, Trails and Open Space Initiative via Online Survey, and to Salt Lake City Council, by Kimberly Kraan]
Respectfully Submitted to the City of Salt Lake, by Kimberly Simons Kraan,
Recreational, commuting, & competition skating are important to the quality of life for those that choose skating as their primary sport. This includes: Rec & Fitness skating, Speedskating, Aggressive & Freestyle Skating, Quad Roller & Derby Sports. The derived health benefits and pleasures of skating are like that of no other sports: skating surpasses cycling and other sports in respect to calories burned and muscle groups engaged during sport. It’s part of many Salt Lake area residents’ daily fitness lifestyles. From beginning roller sports to world team professional athletes, skating provides an avenue in choosing sports for life. With increased consciousness about leading healthy lifestyles, skating is also a viable alternative to the motor vehicle for commuting.
While sometimes dubbed a “fringe sport” skating is experiencing a resurgence in the Salt Lake area, as well as across country. Though it’s small contingency is generally overshadowed by other sports, skating should still be recognized when considering end users in Parks & Recs Master planning, as decisions herein often effect or unintentionally impede the sport. Too often skaters use of a trail or facility are over sighted in development phases, and result in “make-do” or sometimes un-safe trail conditions. It is imperative skaters be considered as a “user group” in any Public Parks and Recs projects/planning processes, just as other sports are considered and accommodated in those early design phases.
Trails systems: Within Salt Lake(and it’s surrounds) there is need to integrate Roller sports usage into existing and new trail systems designs, just as there is need to consider Roller sports as viable alternative mode of transportation when considering “bike lanes” in master planning. Skates are no longer the kiddies toy of the past, today’s skates can travel at sustained average speeds of 10mph – 20mph, equated to that of a commuter cyclist.
In the greater Salt Lake area very few places exists that provide skaters accessible means to engage in their respective sports. Liberty Park, a multi-use track offers 1.4 Mile loop, at times it is heavily impacted by all users. It’s a great destination for those learning or beginning roller sports (children or adults) given the flat, smoother surfaces of the Rollerblading Parkway. Sugarhouse Parks offer a comparable 1.4 mile distance of multi-use paved pathway, but it’s hills are much more than the average recreational or fitness skaters or younger skaters are able to navigate, rendering it unsafe for many skaters. Neither of the aforementioned parks offer safe areas or space for children or beginners learning skating or cycling sports. The Jordan River Parkway is the greater Salt Lake areas jewel of trails, but in many respects unfortunately misses the mark. A recent survey of the trail, starting at Utah Lake Syracuse, UT and terminating in Farmington, UT (including the section of Legacy Trail), revealed that much of its 60 miles between northern Utah country, thru Salt Lake County, and into southern Davis county are in dire need of maintenance, resurfacing, and upgrading, with incomplete sections in some areas, and littered with inconsistent pavement, poorly designed crossings, rendering those areas impassable or unsafe for most skaters. For this reason, many skaters revert to only using small/shorter sections of the Jordan River trail or skate in Liberty Park. Not only are trail improvements necessary, but new trails and connectors are of necessity to make skating safe and enjoyable for all trail users. Many of the municipalities that preside over sections of the Jordan River parkway have failed to maintain or upkeep it’s surface or bridges, and perhaps over time designated funds for such to other purposes. Prop #1 passed in 2012, this Salt Lake County bond initiative was suppose to provide funding for connecting those sections of trail that remained dis-joined, and today the community still patiently awaits it’s competition. Once completed, and brought up to standard, the Jordan River trail could serve as a viable commuter connector, as well as provide endurance sports enthusiasts miles of physical skating or cycling experience along it ‘s paved corridor.
Skating Facilities: Focusing attention to other facets of skating sports, the world’s fastest ice, located in the greater Salt Lake valley, is home to many current and former inline speedskating world champions who come seeking medals in ice speedskating sports. Those that continue competitive inline sports however are forced from the Salt Lake area, left to seek other venues to train for inline sports. With an inline banked track facility introduced into Salt Lake, the area has potential to serve as a pivotal, and key, training destination for both roller & ice sports elite athletes, as well as play host to international competition in roller sports (providing added economic value to the city). With current trends in both ice and inline speedskating sports, more and more athletes are found competing in both sports equally and successfully, it is ideal to train in one location to maximize the athletes potential at world level. In the USA only 2 other outdoor inline banked tracks exist, while comparatively in Europe, Mexico, Columbia, and Asian countries Inline tracks proliferate across the landscape. This current situation places the USA at disadvantage in world competition, as training facilities lack within our borders.
Aggressive skating, or Aerial-Freestyle skating is on the rise in the USA as well. This sport has some smaller park venues scattered throughout the greater Salt Lake valley, but nothing that would serve to hold world class competition.
With respect to the Salt Lake City Parks, Trails, and Open Space Initiative, and in particular the re-purposing of Glendale golf course into a regional park, we hereby present a balanced and comprehensive plan for re-design of Glendale golf course that is inclusive of not only of roller sports activities, but also addresses the needs of other sports that require facilities, such as cycling (both track and road) and (non-motorized) water paddle sports, with considerations given for beginners of those respective sports. It's conceptual design strikes balance between meeting societal needs for open space, trails, and recreational areas while being sensitive to environmental surrounds of Jordan River and it's riparian areas, merging sport and ecological ideals in re-purposing the Glendale golf course. We feel an inclusive, integrated Wheel & Water Sports park design, comprised of key sport venues facilities, will provide not only economic benefit to the city, but address venue needs for those sports that are under-represented in Salt Lake, and the greater Salt Lake Valley. Glendale has the potential to become a pivotal destination park, concurrently serving the needs of many sports within an environmentally responsive context, and presenting itself as a pilot project at the forefront of pioneering sustainable green-space parks, while addressing conservancy needs through restoring portions of it’s 160 areas back to native vegetation, riparian areas, and wildlife habitats.
Additionally, the proposal includes measures for clean energy, converting landscape watering needs to secondary water, and use of solar energy to power it’s operational demands in addition to re-use of existing facilities, and being consciousness in new building materials for any constructed facilities/buildings. The Glendale re-purposing proposal presents both a unique and challenging opportunity to the city, to redevelop and construct a working model of a showcase sustainable park that reflects greener & healthier tomorrows for Salt Lake’s community members. We'd hope that city planners, and mayor, will seize the opportunity now to plan and design for the future of Salt Lake.
Salt Lake City Recreational Trail & Sport Facilities Plan Proposal:
Envision a Salt Lake City with an inclusive recreational plan that: meets diverse needs of multiple sports enthusiasts, commuters, and athletes though comprehensive paved trail system; provides a destination sports park for roller, cycling, and water sports with supporting venues and facilities; provides all users opportunity to get outdoors and experience Salt Lake Jordan River flora and fauna; restores and protects native vegetation and riparian areas, all within framework that serves to balance life and sports outdoors within the natural environment.
1. Addressing Trail Systems:
a. Trail Systems: Multi-use Parkways, off-road:
Provide improvements of existing (Jordan River Trail, aka JRT), and development plan for new trails and interconnection of paved parkways that address needs of skaters, as well as other users. Design trails with ease of passing in mind. Consider that most all paved trails are shared by multiple users.
Provide safer crossings on parkways, at transitions, and street intersections. Many of the JRT street crossing are narrow and do not allow users to pass easily. Textures and uneven sidewalk also pose safety issues.
Provide safer crossings on parkways, at transitions, and bridges. Wooden bridges are a detriment to skaters. In particular, angled planking can subject skaters to falling, and subsequent injury, as skate wheels get caught in-between planking. (This may pose similar issue for road bike tires, and split planking can cause tire flats, anther safety concern).
Remove & Replace wood planking to Composite wood products, that are longer-life term sustainable materials, that don’t deteriorate at the rapid pace of (treated/non-treated)wood members.
Surfaces: Consider smooth asphalt surface quality for all paved trails. Consider material like glass-phalt, or other recycled asphalt products.
Maintenance & Upkeep: consider budgetary fund for future maintenance, repair, and upkeep.
b. Trail Systems: Bike Lanes, on-road:
Provide in design phase for use by skaters, consider surfaces and textures.
Surfaces: Consider smooth asphalt surface quality for all paved trails. Consider material like glass-phalt, or other recycled asphalt products.
c. Trail System: Nature Trails for Bikes / Pedestrians:
Provide interconnected soft trails for bikes/pedestrian as urban biking/hiking trails when considering trail design.
2. Re-purposing Glendale Golf course to a Destination ‘Wheel & Water’ Sports Park:
The Glendale re-purposing destination park project would include both built facilities and a network of asphalt paved trails, along with soft-scape nature trails set into a portion of the 160 area landscape. Built facilities for Roller & Cycling sports will be clustered as to impose minimal impact to the natural surrounds. Additional Water sports will be provided access to the Jordan River via Boat launch site. Other uses include Off-Leash Dog Park, and Nature/Water fowl Preserve & Riparian restoration areas.
A. Proposed Summary of Park Features, Facilities, & Activities described: (See Site Plan Map)
1. Inline Banked Track: 200 meter outdoor concrete banked track, serving inline speedskating sports, and competitions, and for use by junior cyclist in development programs.
2. Cycling velodrome: 333 or 400 meter outdoor concrete track, with open infield, or partially hardscaped, as necessary to best meet sports needs. * this venue would be designed to incorporate a partially covered stage area that serves to accommodate other entertainment venues such as music in the park, outdoor theater, or other activities.
3. Veloway course: approx. 2 mile in length, dedicated 21' wide asphalt paved loop road for non-motorized wheeled sports use only. Provides a safe sport venue for cycling, hand bikes, and skate sports. Veloway is necessary to provide closed-loop course for staging race events, supports both Inline & Cycle racing, and learn to ride or roll programs. *Also this venue can be scheduled for closed circuit running events.
4. Multi-sports use rink(s): Hockey rink size area(s) 200' x 85' of concrete, smooth surface, open space for roller sports, roller hockey, kids bike rodeos(a safe learning area for ride/skate programs for children or beginners), outdoor derby bike polo use. * 1 of the 2 rinks can be designed to accommodate ice skating sports in winter months as an open community ice rink.
5. Aggressive/Freestyle Feature Park: Ample facility that can provide host to world competition.
6. Hard surface multi-sport trail: 2 - 3 miles of paved asphalt 8' wide circumventing the park and crisscrossing the park, and crossing the canal. Trail to link into Jordan River Trail. Provides an alternative to the impacted Liberty park trail for skaters, cyclists, hand bikes, and beginners of each sport, as well as serving needs for runners, joggers, walkers.
7. Nature Trails: 4' wide gravel or hardpack soft-scape circumventing park, and connecting trails that loop around Water areas for study of water fowl and biding activities. Trails work as living teaching native gardens, designed with restoration of natural vegetation, and provide for an educational component.
8. Riparian Park: South end abutting Jordan River, provide kiosks/pavilions with educative features.
9. Paddle & Small Craft Water Sports: access into the Jordan River via new Boat launch.
10. Off-Leash Dog Park: 5 acres, the necessity of our times, helps both pet owner and pets enjoy outdoors.
11. Pavilions: minimal structures within the park providing shade and table, for general day day use.
B. Infrastructure: Hardscape, access road, maintenance, restrooms, buildings and support structures:
1. Paved Access roads – re-use existing southern parking area, add new access points to meet park occupancy needs.
2. Construct new southern internal park road to connect southern access points.
3. Construct new road across canal to serve boat /small craft launch needs, incl turn-a-round.
4. Construct new parking area on north end to service park as alternate access point, and to serve access to Off-leash park and open space areas.
5. Add new bridge crossing at north end to serve access to eastern portion of park.
6. Improve/Replace existing south end bridge, construct road to standards, wide enough to accommodate cars and paved trail crossing safely, and emergency vehicles.
7. Boat Launch, access from east banks, near parking
8. Re-use, and or add min. 2 additional restrooms as appropriate for projected uses.
9. Re-use existing building as necessary for programming of facilities.
10. Add new buildings or design for future as projected. * Open Air, partially covered band shell on west side of Velodrome for alternate venue usage.
11. Existing maintenance building service areas, evaluate for meeting needs of redesigned park use.
12. Energy use: convert power needs to solar, including building power load requirements, parking lot lighting, and general park lighting needs. Send back to grid or store any credits for future use.
13. Water use: convert landscape system requirements to secondary water use. Potable water only in drinking fountains, and sanitary areas/restroom use.
14. Consider in all new construction materials to be re-claimed, re-use, or recycled content materials, with long-lifespan, energy efficient, and requiring less maintenance over time.
C. Greenscape & Natural Areas: balancing nature with recreational activities:
1. Restore as much as possible landscape areas to natural vegetation, not only in open areas, but surrounding built facilities.
2. Maintain minimal areas of grass areas where appropriate nearby built facilities.
3. Designate areas/zones for secondary water needs.
4. Restore Riparian areas, and include for Riparian Habitat Restoration Park, a place where community members can engage in restoration programs and projects offered thru the parks or other care-taking organizations.
In summary, Salt Lake possesses a unique, vital, and important piece of land in Glendale, and though its future will be guided by an influx of varying community ideologies, our hopes are to see a balanced and comprehensive plan that embraces those sports that lack the facilities to support and sustain themselves rather than a piece-meal plan that serves to the same existing sports and recreational amenities found in the many other existing city parks. This proposal maintains that one can provide for community recreational sporting activities, as those described herein, while being inclusive of an array of community sports & recreational needs, and achieve sustainability through a park design platform that also serves to function as a working model for parks of the future; that is responsive to the unique sensitive environmental context presented by the Jordan River; that maintains a balance and co-existence between the needs for recreational open space of a growing population within the 160 acres of natural surrounds.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Kimberly Simons Kraan
Community member, Owner, SKATENOW, inc., and Skater, Salt Lake City, Utah
Liberty Park Rollerblading Parkway: http://www.slcgov.com/cityparks/parks-liberty-park-rollerblade-path
Jordan River Parkway: http://jordanrivercommission.com/
Utah County Jordan River Trail: http://www.co.utah.ut.us/Parks/ParkDetails.asp?IDNO=10
Legacy Parkway Trail: https://www.daviscountyutah.gov/trails/Legacy_Parkway_Trail.pdf
Beehive Bike Polo: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beehivebikepolo/
Salt Lake City Watershed Boundaries Map: http://www.slcdocs.com/utilities/watershed/images/trailhead%20overview2.pdf
Salt Lake City Watershed: http://www.slcgov.com/utilities/public-utilities-watershed
Skate Now Skate School, inc: www.skatenow.net
SKATE UT: www.skateUT.com
Salt Lake Inline Speedskating: https://www.facebook.com/groups/319542554849579/
Wasatch Roller Derby: www.wasatchrollerderby.com/
Ladies of the Lake Roller Derby: https://www.facebook.com/LadiesOfTheLakeRollerDerby
Salt City Derby: www.saltcityderbygirls.com/
Salt Lake Shamrock Roller hockey Club: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salt-Lake-Shamrocks-Roller-Hockey-Club/184975450750
Utah Cycling Association: http://www.utahcycling.com/
GLENDALE RE-PURPOSING, Proposed Conceptual Wheel & Water Park Plan:
May 2015: Salt Lake Area Skating friends: This is your opportunity to have your Skating Voice be Heard! Salt Lake City is seeking public input for a Parks, Trails & Open space Initiative that would include improving Parks & Recs, Completing many unfinished trail projects, and Re-purposing the Glendale Golf Course into a City Park. Take the time NOW to engage in the Park's parks, trails, and open space recreational initiatives and let them know you want improved trails that reflect skaters needs, and more skating facilities in the Salt Lake area. Throughout the month of May SLC P&R Program will be hosting open houses. Get involved, drop into an *open house or complete the online survey, and let's make Salt Lake City a great place to skate!
You can fill in the online form HERE
Dates Open Houses:
May 27, Wednesday - 4pm to 7pm Forrest Dale Golf Course (2375s 900e)
May 28th -Thursday - 11am to 2pm Gallivan Center (239s Main St.) - Thursday - 3pm to 7pm Salt Lake City Library (210e 400s). Follow the link to get to times & locations
Remaining Open House Locations and Times for: Parks, Trails and Open Space Initiative Input:
May 27: 4-7 pm, Forestdale Golf Course, Clubhouse, 2375 S. 900 E., Salt Lake City
May 28: 11-2 pm, Gallivan Center Outdoor Plaza, 239 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City
May 28: 3-7 pm, Salt Lake City Library Square, Outdoor Plaza, 210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City