An Ideas Competition to reimagine recreation, commerce, conservation and life along the Jordan River.
The 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 residents and visitors 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.
Tackle the range of challenges on your own or form multidisciplinary teams. Bring innovative ideas that demonstrate your team’s unique talents and the best ideas for the competition.
These challenges (updated since they were originally posted on this website) form the foundation of the criteria that will be used by the jurors to choose the competition award winners; People’s Choice Award finalists, Jury Award and Innovation
Create places, not just designs. Activation is more than a physical space, more than a destination. Ideas for activation should add up to more than the sum of the parts; diversity of activities, density and frequency. Activation requires
new uses and users, differing but complementary scales, opportunities to gather, and ways for unique users to relate along the river corridor.
Activation Innovation Award underwritten by the James Lee Sorenson Family Foundation.
Access is key and successful edges are porous. Connect the parkway to the surrounding communities, emphasizing the opportunities for integration and interaction rather than simply geographic proximity. Cultivate community ties and a sense
of stewardship. Consider multiple modes of access and circulation for people and wildlife.
Connectivity Innovation Award underwritten by Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility.
Multi-use should be the watchword. Consider the waterway, formal trails, passive use areas, active use infrastructure and multi-use potential. Explore year-round recreation opportunities on a socially equitable basis. Design ideas
are important but we’re also looking for cutting edge recreation-based business models that could be located within the competition area.
Recreation Innovation Award underwritten by the James Lee Sorenson Family Foundation.
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. Balance the aesthetics, natural elements and safety in an ecologically sustainable way.
Conservation Innovation Award underwritten by Mark Miller Subaru in partnership with Recycle Utah.
Greenways are fuel for economic prosperity, it’s conventional wisdom. Consider the positive relationship between well-designed greenways and critical economic indicators. Think about ideas on the spectrum of recreation-oriented, mixed-use,
and greenway-supportive bases. Explore development that embraces the surrounding context and is adaptable for future opportunities.
Economic Prosperity Innovation Award underwritten by Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility.
The River flows north through the county; from the headwaters at Utah Lake to the north border of Salt Lake county where it eventually empties into the Great Salt Lake.
The competition area includes a 3.5 mile stretch of the river and is broken into five segments. Teams can focus in one or more geographic segments or present ideas that span the entirety of the competition area.
Detailed Information, Downloadable Resources and Interactive Map
Questions & Answers
Entries will be judged on the criteria listed above and the organizers anticipate distributing:
(one for each challenge topic)
The jury will choose the most creative and innovative entries as competition finalists and the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.
It will be possible for a single team to win multiple awards.
Ideas from this competition may be used in master planning and for other government purposes, but the competition does not include a contract award component (please see Terms & Conditions for details).
On the River’s Edge is open to US-based individuals or multidisciplinary teams.
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of Registration.
Excluded from participation are;
Family members are defined as relations by blood, marriage, or adoption within the third degree of consanguinity.
Registration and payment must be completed by April 24 201911:59 p.m. (MDT)
Registration and payment must be completed online and is a required prerequisite to submission.
Entrant information, including primary contact name, email, and a list of all team members (if applicable) must be submitted at the time of registration. Submission primary contact name AND email must match with the information
provided at the time of registration.
Registration fee of $85. Proceeds from registration fees will offset costs related to operating the competition. Registration fees are non-refundable.
A link to complete the registration process is found at the bottom of this page.
All submission materials—physical and digital—must be received by Salt Lake County no later than 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on May 30, 2019. No proposals will be accepted after the closing date and time. The
County is not liable for lost, misdirected, or late entries.
Following registration, Entrants will receive an email with a unique entry number and detailed submission requirements and instructions, including the following:
Local printing options for presentation boards will be included in the email with detailed submission requirements and instructions.
On the River’s Edge is an anonymous competition, meaning only the competition staff will know the identity of the Entrants. Failure to follow submission instructions regarding anonymity will result in disqualification.
On the River’s Edge Salt Lake County 2001 South State Street, Suite N4-200 Salt Lake City Utah, 84114 Tel: 385/468-6702 or 385/468-7028
Questions requesting clarification or additional information about the competition should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be accepted until May 23, 2019 at 5:00
p.m. Questions and answers will be published on the competition website to foster transparency and fairness for all Entrants.
Full Terms & Conditions of the Competition can be found on the Registration page
Deadline for Entries
Online People's Choice Voting Begins
Winners Announced & Prizes Awarded
Congressman Ben McAdams (Utah's 4th District)
Mayor Jenny Wilson, Salt Lake County
Mayor Cherie Wood, South Salt Lake
Sarah Jack Hinners, Director, Center for Ecological Planning and Design University of Utah
Mayor Jeff Silvestrini, Millcreek
Stephen Goldsmith, Board Chairman, Seven Canyons Trust
Mayor Kristie Overson, Taylorsville
Scott Peters, PLA, ASLA, Principal, EPG and Jordan River Foundation Board
Brandon Stoddard, Director, Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center, Weber State University
Jan Striefel, PLA, FASLA, FAICP, Founder, Landmark Design
Bruce Brierley, CEO, Maxtec
Mayor Ron Bigelow, West Valley City
Spencer J. Cox, Utah Lieutenant Governor
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.