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75th Anniversary

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Celebrating 75 years of people, parks & play!

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation was formed back in May 1946 by community-minded citizens who wanted to coordinate recreation activities throughout the County, build more park space, trails infrastructure, and manage the rapid growth of recreation programs for the benefit of residents. 

75 years on, we continue to strive to fulfill our mission of improving lives through people, parks & play.  Join us to celebrate this milestone with fun commemorative activities this summer & fall!

My Parks & Rec Story Contest

My Parks & Rec Story Contest

June – September

Do you have a favorite park, trail, golf course, or fitness class?  Tell us how it inspires you and be entered to win a Parks & Rec prize package. Storytellers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Send your story to
Submission Deadline: September 30

Check-in Challenge

Check-in Challenge

June – August 

Explore and find our parks and recreation landmarks with this monthly social media challenge. At the beginning of each month, a challenge list will be posted on Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation’s social media pages @slcoparksandrec. Find each spot, snap a pic, and post it to Facebook or Instagram! Make sure to check in or geotag the location and use the hashtag #peopleparksandplay.  

Each landmark check-in will be entered into a drawing to win prizes (multiple check-ins allowed per person). A winner will be randomly selected at the end of each month.

Throwback Photo Contest

Throwback Photo Contest

June – August
Relive your favorite Salt Lake County Parks & Rec memories this summer. Pull out that shoebox of old photos in the park, little league, or first steps on the ice rink and re-create it. Submit your old and new photos for a chance to win a Parks & Rec prize package. We will post submissions on our Facebook page in September for the public to vote and help choose the winner.
Submission Deadline: August 31
5k Retro Race Series

5k Retro Race Series

September & October 

Lace up those neon running shoes and don your best retro apparel for three 5K retro races this fall. Participate in one or challenge yourself to complete all three. 

September 11   Valley Regional Park (Taylorsville)

September 25   Canyon Rim Park (Millcreek) 

October 9         Granite Park (Sandy)

Start each race at your own time and pace, participate anytime between 7-11 AM. Pre-registration opens in August.


Parks & Recreation
2001 South State Street  S4-700
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
Phone: (385) 468-1800
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM