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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A detailed downloadable map will be provided when the competition launches in March 2019.
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…
(up to 6 awarded)
Registration and submission requirements will be available when the competition launches on March 13, 2019.
Deadlines for Entries
Exhibit Open to Public
People's Choice Voting Begins
Winners Announced & Prizes Awarded
(Utah's 4th District)
Mayor Cherie Wood,
South Salt Lake
Mayor Jeff Silvestrini,
Mayor Kristie Overson, Taylorsville
Director, Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center, Weber State University
PLA, FASLA, FAICP, Founder, Landmark Design
Mayor Ron Bigelow,
West Valley City
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.