Parks & Outdoor Recreation
Utah is known for its amazing outdoors, from towering peaks, to winding forest trails. South Salt Lake has its own piece of paradise, offering many outdoor recreation activities, including:
- Parks with stunning views
- Trails along tree-lined Mill Creek
- Bike rental and bike lanes along many major roads
- Biking, hiking and boating the Jordan River and other trails
- Your pick of playgrounds and sports activities
- A network of trails and bike routes to get you there
We are committed to helping residents get more out of their day with places to recreate with their family, friends and neighbors. We are regularly adding features and acreage to our established park system, and connecting them with more trails and bike lanes each year.
Countless studies have demonstrated the health benefits of outdoor activity, from lower stress levels to improved physical fitness. Given that, it is our goal to maintain and expand our parks, open spaces and trails as recreational opportunities, even as South Salt Lake continues to grow. A major focus has been getting parks, trails and community centers in every neighborhood of the city and within walking distance (2 blocks) of all our residents.
With that in mind, we have set up webpages devoted to each of the following areas of outdoor recreation:
Most city parks and trails are managed by the South Salt Lake Department of Neighborhoods, but several parks, open spaces and trails are actually owned and operated by Salt Lake County. The future shape of our community assets is outlined in the South Salt Lake 2015 Parks, Open Space, Trails and Community Centers Master Plan (PDF).
Five new parks projects have been completed and are open as of 2022, and more improvements are coming in 2023!
- Fitts Park Playground upgrade
- Fitts Park Community Garden
- Dog Park near City Hall (now open)
Under Construction in 2022/2023
- Expansion of Jordan River Nature Center by Tracy Aviary to include all of James Madison Park
Wish to be a part of the new community garden at Fitts Park?
Just south of Fitts Park on Front Avenue (approximately 400 East) is a new community garden.
Want to be a part? Email Madalyn Covey, the WCG Garden Manager.
Learn more about the Roles and Responsibilities of SSL, WCG, Community Core Organizers and Garden Members.
- Are there ways I can get outdoors right in South Salt Lake?
Yes! We have several parks right within the city, as well as trails that run through the city, and into our neighboring communities. Learn more at the Parks and Trails webpages.
- Where can I find a full list of the parks, trails and open spaces in the City?
Each of the following webpages contains a full and updated list of options in and around South Salt Lake:
- Who maintains parks and trails in SSL?
Parks are maintained by either City and County staff, depending on who owns that park or trail. Most are SSL City parks, except Harmony, James Madison, and General Holm. The Jordan River Trail is overseen by Salt Lake County, while Parley’s Trail, Mill Creek Trail and Meadowbrook Trail are maintained by South Salt Lake.