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    ON the RIVER’S EDGE

    IDEAS COMPETITION

    An Ideas Competition to reimagine recreation, commerce, conservation and life along the Jordan River.

    Purpose of the competition is to re-envision a mid-valley section of the Jordan River Parkway, an urban greenway running through the heart of Salt Lake County, Utah. Local governments and community groups are coming together to encourage big ideas for how more families can access and enjoy the Jordan River and surrounding areas.

    This juried competition invites US-based teams (architects, landscape architects, designers, urban planners, engineers, planning/design students, contractors, etc.) to submit innovative and creative ideas that balance conservation with development, link residents and visitors to an ecologically diverse nature corridor, create year-round recreational opportunities, and foster vibrant social gathering places.

    the CHALLENGE

    ACTIVATION

    Create places, not just designs. Ideas for activation—physical, programmatic, management, or other—should add up to more than the sum of the parts. Segments and gathering spots should be conceived as vital nodes of year ‘round activity. Currently active areas should be taken to the next level. Better access, design elements and sightlines will contribute to more people enjoying the river and its surroundings.

    CONNECTIVITY

    Access is key and successful edges are porous. Connect the parkway within the competition area with the surrounding communities, emphasizing the opportunities for integration and interaction rather than simply geographic proximity.

    RECREATION

    Multi-use should be the watchword. Consider the waterway, formal trails, informal trail networks, passive use areas, active use infrastructure and multi-use potential. Design ideas are important but we’re also looking for cutting edge business models based on recreation that could be located within the competition area.

    CONSERVATION

    Protect and enhance what’s at the heart of the parkway, the natural corridor. Consider the variety of habitats, the hydrologic cycle, river flow, wetlands, invasive species, native species, wildlife (existing and potential), and the buffers necessary to protect the critical ecological functions and features.

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Greenways as fuel for economic development is conventional wisdom. Consider the positive relationship between well-designed greenways and critical economic indicators. Think about ideas on a spectrum of fully-integrated business & recreation, recreation-supportive activities, and recreation-adjacent uses & business.

    the COMPETITION AREA

    The Jordan River runs north through the county like a spine from the headwaters at Utah Lake to the north border of Salt Lake County where it empties into the Great Salt Lake.

    Private property and planned projects within the competition area should be treated as autonomous within their own borders; however, submissions should consider the public spaces and rights-of-way between them. Boundaries will be finalized in March 2019.

    the PRIZES

    Entries will be judged on their innovation, feasibility and potential for positive impact on the community. It will be possible for a single team to win multiple awards and the organizers anticipate distributing…

    JURY AWARD

    $20,000

    PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

    $6,000

    INNOVATION AWARD

    $2,500
    EACH

    (up to 6 awarded)

    REQUIREMENTS and RULES

    Registration and submission requirements will be available when the competition launches on March 13, 2019.

    CRITICAL DEADLINES

    MARCH 2019

    13

    Competition Launch

    APRIL 2019

    24

    Registration Ends

    MAY 2019

    30

    Deadlines for Entries

    JUNE 2019

    13

    Exhibit Open to Public

    15

    People's Choice Voting Begins

    27

    Winners Announced & Prizes Awarded

    MEET the JURY

    Ben McAdams

    Congressman
    Ben McAdams
    (Utah's 4th District)

    Mayor Cherie Wood

    Mayor Cherie Wood,
    South Salt Lake

    Mayor Jeff Silvestrini

    Mayor Jeff Silvestrini,
    Millcreek

    Mayor Kristie Overson, Taylorsville

    Brandon Stoddard

    Brandon Stoddard,
    Director, Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center, Weber State University

    Jan Striefel

    Jan Striefel,
    PLA, FASLA, FAICP, Founder, Landmark Design

    Bruce Brierley

    Bruce Brierley,
    CEO, Maxtec

    Ron Bigelow

    Mayor Ron Bigelow,
    West Valley City

    COMPETITION ORGANIZERS

    The Organizers have a direct stake in the success of the river corridor through land ownership, regulator authority, ongoing investments, and future commitments. They share a common vision for the parkway; one that balances conservation with development, links residents and visitors to the natural world, creates diverse recreational opportunities, and becomes a place of community gathering and neighborhood revitalization.

    SALT LAKE COUNTY

    www.slco.org

    SOUTH SALT LAKE

    www.southsaltlakecity.com

    WEST VALLEY CITY

    www.wvc-ut.gov

    PARTNERS