Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a proclamation Thursday temporarily closing to the public certain City parks and the City Cemetery as crews continue to clear debris in the aftermath of this week’s windstorm. The affected parks and public spaces incurred significant damage in the storm, creating dangerous conditions unsafe for the public.
“It’s hard to see so many of our beloved open spaces upended like this. I know these places, and the big, beautiful trees that inhabit them, hold significance for our residents,” said Mayor Mendenhall. “We want to get people back in these parks as soon as we can. We just ask that the public give us time to make sure they are safe first.”
While City crews work to remove fallen trees, branches, and debris, the following spaces are closed to all forms of public access:
- Liberty Park
- Fairmont Park
- Sunnyside Park
- Jordan Park
- Lindsey Gardens
- Richmond Park
- Riverside Park
- Washington Square
- Salt Lake City Cemetery
Open spaces not listed above are fully open. For a map of all City parks, visit https://www.slc.gov/parks/parks-division.
Each closure will remain in effect until the City’s Public Services Department determines that the danger from the fallen trees has been mitigated and they are safe to reopen. Additionally, once dangerous circumstances have been cleared, the City will be coordinating volunteer efforts to help restore parks.
For more information and resources related to the windstorm, visit https://www.slc.gov/wind-damage-faqs/.
To download a copy of the proclamation, click here.Tags: City Cemetery, City parks, Proclamation 16, Public Services Department