Trail Improvements in Salt Lake County
summer has been full of exciting new improvements to our trails and bike
paths across Salt Lake County. In the past few weeks, I’ve attended four
ribbon-cuttings that celebrate the opening of a variety of bridges and tunnels
that now connect major bike and pedestrian trail systems.
recent improvements include two new bridges on the Jordan River Trail, the
opening of the 90th South tunnel, and the opening of the 1300 East
crossing at "The Draw." These wonderful additions help provide safe access for
cyclists, joggers, and anyone wanting to take a stroll, away from high-traffic areas.
give residents in this valley the lion’s share of the credit for our
progress. Thank you for showing that you care about trails and open space
- your support has made it possible to plan for and build the excellent
system for outdoor recreation that helps make life better for our residents now
for and for generations to come.
Bright Future Ahead For Horizonte Graduates
It was inspiring to attend the graduation of 552
students from Horizonte School. These students have overcome obstacles,
including in many cases poverty and relocation to a new country. Through these
challenges they have developed unique skills and perspectives and are now
rocketing to a bright future. Horizonte provides students with a second chance
for education, forever changing and improving their lives. I was honored to
witness this moment.
Practicing Non-discrimination, Embracing Diversity
This week I kicked off the Mayor’s Inclusion Campaign. The goal is
simple and straightforward – everyone who walks through our doors or interacts
with any part of Salt Lake County government is welcomed and respected.
Salt Lake County is a modern-day melting pot. People from
different cultures and ethnic backgrounds are here for a variety of reasons,
but we share a universal desire—a safe, healthy, bright future for our
To be honest, I know that each of us may be more comfortable with
what is most familiar; that’s human nature. But if we step out of our comfort
zone we can learn about those who appear to be not like us, and we can
always behave respectfully towards them.
I know that the diversity in our community is a strength because we can learn and grow from one another's unique experiences. As part of the Inclusion Campaign, signs that say, "Salt Lake County Welcomes All" will be posted on county buildings. The signs serve as a simple reminder that Salt Lake County accepts and welcomes people of all backgrounds.
Building New Parks for Safety In Kearns
A few weeks ago, I joined community leaders and a demolition crew to begin the first step in the process to create a new, safe park for Kearns families and kids.
The park, formally known as Bruce Field, was once a vibrant community gathering place where kids played baseball and families gathered. During my visit, the park looked far from a place I would want to take my kids to play. Over the years, a lack of funding for upkeep allowed it to deteriorate and attract criminal activity. The Unified Police Department recognized the safety concerns and enlisted the support of Salt Lake County, the Kearns Pony League, and the Salt Lake Honorary Colonels. The Kearns Pony League donated the land to the county in exchange for Salt Lake County Township Services’ project management and a $1 million investment in the Kearns community.
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation will provide expertise in developing parks and serve as caretakers of the finished park.
I look forward to the day next summer when the reward of our collaborative efforts will be realized, and parents can once again feel safe bringing their kids to a park that is not only new and approved, but also represents a little bit of history for the Kearns residents who remember it from their own youth.
Creative Solutions To Provide Access To Preventive Healthcare For Families
The Mid-Valley Health Clinic is now open for business, providing preventative health care to low-income families and reducing emergency room visits. The new clinic is open because of creative thinking and a partnership between Salt Lake County, Midvale City, and the non-profit Utah Partners for Health. The Salt Lake County Copperview Recreation Center had a vacant building on its property, so Midvale Mayor Seghini and the non-profit group Utah Partners for Health worked with Salt Lake County to lease the property at an extremely low rate so the health clinic could open there. Being a part of solutions like these – that make real differences in peoples’ lives – is why I want to be in public service.