Whether you live in South Salt Lake or are just visiting, we invite you to explore our parks! There are currently 12 parks in the city, all of which are open to the public and great places to enjoy the outdoors. With that in mind, the city is constantly updating and expanding our city's outdoor opportunities to make sure every resident can easily visit parks and green spaces throughout the city.
You can enjoy all of the following parks in South Salt Lake:
2508 S 500 East
Bickley Park includes an interesting "Hedra" playground, as well as a friendship swing and many other fun and interesting features!
Learn more about Ida and Laurie Bickley (PDF)!
The park sits next to the Columbus Community Center. Inside the Columbus Center, SSL Recreation hosts the Senior Ball, Daddy-Daughter Dance, Breakfast with Santa and the annual Chess Tournament!
Our newest addition to Bickley Park is an outdoor fitness station generously donated by AARP and designed by FitLot. This outdoor, free amenity helps residents build strength, stamina, and balance.
3050 S 500 East
(Also accessed at 400 E Front Avenue and 3045 S 300 East)
Fitts Park is a green oasis with three creeks and some of the oldest trees in the city. One of the city's oldest and most popular parks, Fitts Park features playgrounds, pavilions (see rental options), Mill Creek Trail, a fitness course, bike course and a veterans memorial.
Annual events at Fitts Park include Freedom Fest, the July 4th parade and 5K run, Huck Finn Day, and the Cool Summer Nights movie series.
Monarch Butterfly Waystation
3100 S 500 East
On October 1, 2021, Mayor Cherie Wood spoke at the ribbon-cutting of a new Monarch Butterfly Waystation in South Salt Lake. With Mill Creek running through this area, it is now stocked with several local pollinators, grasses, trees, and milkweed to attract all types of wildlife, and yes, Monarch butterflies!
2797 S 200 East (also accessed from Clayborne and 300 East)
Central Park includes sports fields (soccer, baseball) as well as 2 playgrounds and the Central Park community center, where indoor sports are held. Additional activities include pickleball, outdoor basketball Head Start, a community garden run by IRC's New Roots program, an outdoor restroom/pavilion and the PAL Boxing program (add link).
Annual events at Central Park include the Easter Egg Hunt and Mother-Son Fiesta.
311 E Robert Avenue
Enjoy the city's newest playground, Lions Park, which was built with a Kaboom! Grant in 2018. You can also introduce your pup to new friends at the dog park.
The park has two shaded pavilions for visitors to stay cool or have a lunch break. This linear park was built by the Lions Club on parcels that were acquired for the construction of I-80 in the 1960s.
Thank you, Lions, and all the community volunteers who have helped build this park!
(In memory of Hser Ner Moo)
2230 S 500 East
Find this pocket park and fitness course along Parley's Trail adjacent to the 500 East streetcar stop (just look for the big South Salt Lake sign).
Pump up your walk or workout, play tetherball, or just relax in the shady garden area while waiting for the train.
3728 S McCall Street (250 E)
This neighborhood park offers a playground, picnic table and large lawn/sports field that doubles as a stormwater detention basin.
This neighborhood pocket park has a lawn area and an open play space for the kids.
Historic Scott School Green Space & Arboretum
540 E 3300 S
Check out some of the rarest and oldest trees in the city at the Historic Scott School. See if you can spot a sequoia, magnolia, and atlas cedar.
This campus is usually busy with art classes and Promise SSL programs, but you can explore the collection of trees and soak your senses in the dye garden, kids garden, lavender garden and historic plantings.
3760 S Main Street
This ten-acre park includes two full-sized, lit softball fields, as well as tennis courts, sand volleyball, a large pavilion and a brand-new playground. The playground includes climbers, spinners, swings, and an area for slacklining.
The park also includes a community garden managed by Wasatch Community Gardens, which has individual garden plots open to anyone through an application process.
Harmony Park is owned and maintained by Salt Lake County Parks.
James Madison Park & Jordan River Nature Center
1095 W 3300 South
This riverside park and open space is a jumping-off point for the Jordan River Parkway, including trailhead parking, a boat launch and a grassy park adjacent to the Jordan River Trail. A restroom is available during business hours at the Jordan River Nature Center.
In 2020, Tracy Aviary opened the Jordan River Nature Center. They are hosting tours, classes, camps and rental space. Their garden, patio and picnic tables are ideal for an outing to learn more about the natural world that we share with our feathered friends.
James Madison Park is owned and maintained by Salt Lake County Parks.
General Holm Park
1050 Carlisle Park Lane (pedestrian access from 1050 W 3900 South)
Another destination along the Jordan River Parkway Trail, this park features a pavilion, restroom, playground and bridge over 3900 South to connect you on the trail traveling south. You can also view an excellent World War II memorial.
This park was named in honor of Major General George P. Holm, of the United States Army, who was instrumental in creating a state of Utah veteran's park, cemetery, and nursing home.
General Holm Park is owned and maintained by Salt Lake County Parks.