Three Creeks Park is the confluence of the combined waters of Red Butte, Emigration, and Parley's Creeks and the Jordan River. This crucial confluence has been paved over, put in pipes underground, and replaced by impervious concrete. The Seven Canyons Trust, in partnership with Salt Lake City, Sorenson Unity Center, and the Jordan River Commission, is pursuing the daylighting and restoration of this important confluence.
From a pilot project in its vision document, the Seven Canyons Trust has pushed the Three Creeks Park project from the classroom onto the radar of these many stakeholders. Salt Lake City is in the initial phases of its previous Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Three Creeks Park: Phase I - Planning and Design. This $70,000 grant will fund community engagement and vision process for the ultimate design of the park. This process is expected to take place in the upcoming months. The City since applied for Phase II - Construction, which would fund the vision that comes out of Phase I. An over $500,000 CDBG grant would fund the daylighting, restoration, and creation of community amenities that will come with bringing this historic confluence up from the depths of the our city, marking the first time these waters will be seen since the 1983 floods and the burial of this creek at the turn of the 20th Century.
A public hearing to decide the fate of the potential funding decisions for the 2016-17 CDBG funding will be held on March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 315, Council Chambers, City County Building, 451 South State, Salt Lake City, Utah. A favorable recommendation has been made by Salt Lake City Mayor Biskupski, as well as the Citizen Advisory Board. However, we would love to have comments from the public in support of this project to show the support we have from the communities in this area.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, please submit written comments to Jennifer.Schumann@slcgov.com. Comments will also be accepted by the Salt Lake City Council office at 451 South State Street, Room 304, PO Box 145476, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, messages may be left on the Council comment telephone number; 801-535-7654. Comments must be submitted by April 1, 2016.
DRAFT LETTER OF SUPPORT
Dear Salt Lake City Council Members, I want to express my support for the allocated Three Creeks Park CDBG funding. This project will begin the steps necessary to healing and repairing the hydrology within the Salt Lake Valley, a hydrology that supplies our drinking water, offers recreational opportunities, supports our state’s wildlife, and provides many other benefits. The daylighting of this important confluence of Red Butte, Emigration, and Parley’s Creeks and the Jordan River will work to provide a true amenity and major connection to natural open space for the nearby communities, a major water quality improvement in filtering stormwater before it enters and concentrates in downstream waters, and a living laboratory for nearby Sorenson Unity Center and other educational institutions. Thank you!