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ZAP Recreation

Previously Approved ZAP Recreation Projects

ZAP Recreation Bond Process

In 1997, and again in 2006, the Salt Lake County Council placed on the election ballot a request for voters to approve a 10-year General Obligation (G.O.) bond. The bond proceeds were used to fund Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) related recreational facilities throughout the County. In early 2015, the County Council began the process for the third round of funding.

To determine which projects were placed on the ballot, the Council established an application process. The Council appointed a 17 member advisory board comprised of both community members and municipal mayors from around the Salt Lake County.

This advisory board oversaw the application process and recommended projects to the Salt Lake County Council for final approval to be included on the November 2016 election ballot. The application process was open to any project that satisfied the qualifications and criteria.

Application Qualifications & Criteria

The criteria listed below was used by the Recreational Facilities Advisory Board to filter and score applications. Project applications had to meet the Qualifications listed below in order to be considered. The second section, Criteria for Prioritization, was used to score the project applications. The closer a project aligned with these criteria, the higher the project may score. Proposals received preference for having operational and environmental efficiency. The need assessment was the primary basis for scoring.


  • Aligns with 2015 Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Master
  • Plan or meets a clearly demonstrated community need
  • Project is located in Salt Lake County
  • Project is publicly owned and/or operated

Criteria for Prioritization:

  • Aligns with the priorities of the 2015 Salt Lake County Parks and
  • Recreation Master Plan or meets a community need
  • Contributions that assist with the project cost (cash, in kind) are encouraged
  • Recommended projects represent geographic diversity