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Salt Lake City celebrates new Pioneer Park improvements

Salt Lake City’s Parks and Public Lands Division invites the public to attend a jubilee in celebration of the recently completed improvements at Pioneer Park on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. 

The event, taking place concurrently with the Downtown Tuesday Farmers Market, marks the completion of a new multi-purpose field and a surrounding walking path, among other improvements.

Following remarks from Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other local organizations and project partners, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart from the Utah Royals FC will participate in a ceremonial penalty kick with Mayor Biskupski.

Construction on the park improvements began in summer 2018, with the aim to enhance safety and security and activate the community space with a multi-use field/great lawn in the center of the park. This new multi-use field – the only one located in downtown Salt Lake City – will allow for increased recreation and event programming for residents and visitors. In addition to the field, Pioneer Park also received new lights, an interior looped path for walking and programming opportunities, and 24 new Sycamore trees lining the perimeter of the sidewalk.

The total cost of the improvement was just under $1-million dollars, with $300,000 provided by the Pioneer Park Coalition, and the remaining funding from the City’s Capital Improvement Program, and the Redevelopment Agency.

“We are thankful for the strong partnerships that made this project possible, and the community’s interest in improving safety and increasing event and recreation programming at Pioneer Park,” said Parks and Public Lands Director Kristin Riker. “These improvements will ensure that this valuable public space continues to meet the needs of our city’s growing population.”

The jubilee will feature a variety of activities:

  • 4:00 p.m. to dusk, the Downtown Tuesday Farmer’s Market will be open with a variety of vendors and a “Quick Pickle” event
  • Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be opening remarks from project partners, including Mayor Biskupski
  • Appearances from Utah Royals FC players Lo’eau LaBonta, Maddie Nolf, Nicole Barnhart, and Erika Tymrak
  • Following remarks, a ceremonial penalty soccer kick will officially re-open the improved park
  • Around 6:00 p.m., the Metasport FC youth soccer league will play
  • All evening, The Blocks SLC will have a community art truck that attendees can color or write within, and the Pioneer Park Coalition will have historical pictures and information about the park on display
  • The Utah Roundnet Association will host a Spikeball tournament for anyone interested in learning the game
  • Salt Lake City Civic Engagement will share information from the 2015 outreach effort and provide information on how to be involved in future planning and design activities

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