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Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems
Beyond the role these serve in introducing natural spaces to the public, daylighting projects boasts impressive environmental and economic benefits as well. Exposed streams and rivers absorb storm water runoff much better than underground pipes, not to mention the money this saves cities from having to repair old pipes that are being overused during storms.

Three Benefits to Daylighting

Three Benefits to Daylighting
"Daylighting a stream or river can increase property values and revitalize urban areas by offering a natural destination for members of a community. All told, the benefits of stream daylighting much outweigh the costs, making this method a component well worth considering in any city’s stormwater and drainage management strategy."

Reuse of Costume building moving forward

Reuse of Costume building moving forward
"According to Glascock, the developers are looking into daylighting a county-owned portion of Emigration Creek that passes through the property.  The developers will be working with the county and the Seven Creeks Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to daylighting the county’s seven creeks."

Fountain can be reopened for much less

Fountain can be reopened for much less
"'A solution exists to preserve and restore the fountain,' said Goldsmith, among the thousands who once splashed and climbed around the 30,000-square-foot feature while learning — if they so chose — about the seven canyons and creeks that feed the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake. "It doesn’t have to be demolished and redone. It would be a real tragedy.'"

$1.9 million to fix fountain, questioned

$1.9 million to fix fountain, questioned
"'Those are real stones, from real places, lovingly and carefully set,' he said... The fountain was built in 1993 as an interactive work of art to recreate Salt Lake's seven canyons and waterways — City Creek, Red Butte, Emigration, Parleys, East Mill Creek, and the Big and Little Cottonwood canyons."

Cities defined by water

Cities defined by water
"This type of flood management strategy more closely mimics the natural water cycle–an approach called 'low-impact development.' Also known as 'green infrastructure,' it means designing systems that allow urban runoff to naturally infiltrate the soil instead of channeling it into pipes and storm drains."

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It
“When urban rivers are forced underground into piping, that disrupts their whole behavioral pattern. But by daylighting these rivers and creating a more natural ecology, it makes the rivers more desirable. You then find that people actually care about and want to look after the river a lot more."

The Ontolotor of Bonneville Basin

The Ontolotor of Bonneville Basin
"It’s a marvel that a city would want to bury their creeks underground. 'We have done this to so many of our creeks,' he says. 'And I’ve been working with students now, for many, many years on what I refer to as the Seven Canyons Trust.'"

Those With Wings

Those With Wings
"One idea behind Those with Wings is to restore a relationship between the westside neighborhood and the environmentally damaged Jordan River. The dance performance is a collaboration between Anderson’s organization loveDANCEmore and Seven Canyons Trust, a nonprofit with a mission to restore the seven creeks in the Salt Lake City watershed."

Salt Lake City a River City?

Salt Lake City a River City?
"The Folsom Corridor project is the group’s most ambitious project to date. When complete, the group hopes to daylight about two miles of City Creek. This project will link Salt Lake’s downtown to the Fairpark neighborhood with a route essentially following South Temple west to the Jordan River directly across from the Fairgrounds."

Utahns turn art into activism

Utahns turn art into activism
"Ivkovich fosters the belief that the environment is something we are composed of, not something outside us: 'There is a constant interchange between us and nature when we are breathing, and dancing heightens awareness of our breath. So when we dance we can't help but feel part of nature.'"

There Were Trees

There Were Trees
"The first performance of this summer series entitled there were trees took off last Thursday, May 25. The work was performed at Three Creeks Confluence, which is a wooded area right next to the Jordan River with three Utah creeks running under it. The first placement of audience chairs faced the river, within view of the sun sliding down the horizon."

$1.2M to bring 'daylight' to 3 creeks

$1.2M to bring 'daylight' to 3 creeks
"But just as nature will change its course, so will the philosophy and needs of urban planning, and in cities across the country, creek 'daylighting' — or returning them to a natural state — is taking hold. One such project involving Red Butte, Emigration and Parleys creeks will begin next year to expose 200 feet near their confluence with the Jordan River at 900 West and 1300 South."

Input for westside park and trail

Input for westside park and trail
"According to Tonetti, Saturday’s outreach will be the first of several future community outreach events led by Seven Canyons Trust. Feedback from Saturday’s event will be incorporated with the student created data which will serve as a launching point for the Folsom Trail Corridor."

Artist sought for tactical urbanism

Artist sought for tactical urbanism
"For Tonetti, the parcel also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about his organization’s goal to daylight the Three Creeks Confluence, a block to the west near 1300 South and 900 West. The three creeks, Emigration, Parleys and Red Butte, flow beneath the parcel before converging with the Jordan River."