The proposed Parley’s Creek Trail through several communities in Salt Lake County is a few steps closer to reality . . . and that’s a good thing.
A $5 million federal appropriation is in the final stages of approval, a formal master plan is nearing completion and by summer’s end, portions of the trail could be marked and functional.
Eventually, the Parley’s Creek Trail will extend from the mouth of Parley’s Canyon on the east, through Sugarhouse and South Salt Lake to beyond the Jordan River. It will become a key part of Salt Lake County’s developing urban trail system by linking the Bonneville Shoreline Trail with the Jordan River Parkway. It will include pedestrian tunnels below I-215 and 13th East, and will connect various parks and established recreation and commercial areas.
In an urban environment – some call it an asphalt jungle – strips of land designated for walking and biking and other non-motorized movement are valuable assets. They enhance the quality of life by linking neighborhoods and providing places for citizens to exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
KSL encourages public support for the Parley’s Creek Trail. We urge the various government entities involved to give the project priority status. Let it become a model for similar efforts to make other established communities throughout the state more walkable, accessible and friendly.