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Master Plans


Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation is committed to accessible, equitable, sustainable, and quality design for everyone. Master plans, management plans, community needs assessments, and public involvement are used to guide these intentions.


What is Included in a Master Plan?


Master plans are aspirational long-term planning tools that provide a framework for future improvements, growth, and development of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation spaces and places. Factors reflected in the plan include:

  • Multiple perspectives from the public, county and city councils, and key stakeholders
  • Population
  • Economic development
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Existing community facilities
  • Land use
  • Accessibility
  • Equitability
  • Sustainability
  • Findings from the Community Needs Assessment

Our main master plan, completed in 2015, is updated every 10 years and is the "plan of all plans." The plan will be updated in 2025, with public involvement activities taking place throughout 2024.


Parks & Recreation 2015 Master Plan


The Natural Areas Land Management Plan is a principal document that outlines standards and guidelines for:

  • defining and classifying natural areas by landscape type
  • maintaining natural areas
  • rehabilitating degraded natural areas

Additional master plans—when they're updated and how they're used—are detailed below:

Natural Areas Land Management Plan

What is a Recreation Facility Master Plan?

  • A recreation facility master plan is informed by the main master plan and created when remodeling or building new recreation facilities.

Recreation Facility Master Plans

Recreation Facility Master Plans
File Size
Draper Recreation Center Site and Facility Plan 5997 kB

What are Park Master Plans?

  • Used to guide park design and use, and informed by the main master plan and Natural Areas Land Management Plan, we are currently updating three park master plans per year with a goal of completing 9-12 park master plans by 2025. After that, each park master plan will be updated every five years.


About Trail Master Plans

  • The first countywide Regional Trails Master Plan was completed in 1993. Smaller plans have been completed since this time and we intend to produce an updated countywide regional trail master plan in 2023; from that point forward the plan will be updated every 10 years. Trail maps are driven by the Regional Trail Master Plans.

Trail Master Plans

Trail Master Plans
File Size
East West Recreational Trails Master Plan 10896 kB
Emigration_Canyon_Tr 43653 kB
Jordan River Trail Master Plan 63811 kB
Parleys Canyon Trail Feasibility Study 21321 kB

Trail Maps

Trail Maps
File Size
Dimple Dell Regional Park Trails Map 7342 kB
Jordan River Trail Map North 73107 kB
Jordan River Trail Map South 58957 kB
Regional Trails Map 2008 2329 kB
Rose Yellow Fork Canyon Trails Map 9208 kB

Muir-Poulsen Homestead Master Plan

  • A plan to guide the restoration of a historic homestead and fruit orchard at the Dimple Dell Regional Park dating back to 1897.
  • The plan includes recommendations for restoration of the existing home, re-establishment of the orchards, tree groves and windows, the creation of outdoor classrooms, interpretive trails, and plans for new comfort facilities including a picnic pavilion and a new restroom.    

File Size
22-0518 SLCo Parks Muir-Poulsen Farm Master Plan FINAL 16030 kB


Public Involvement

As funding opportunities present, portions of the master plan are put into fruition by partnering with cities, boards, private contractors, and community members. Public information and involvement takes place through a variety of means to include notifications to and discussions with the communities of intended improvements and/or new construction to propose the respective plan components and keep everyone interested informed of the need, process, and timeline.

Parks & Recreation Planning
2001 South State Street  S4-700
Phone: (385) 468-1800
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM