Oct. 17, 2023
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The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) and Seven Canyons Trust invite the community and media to the Folsom Trail (25 S. 1000 West) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 21 to celebrate the completion of the City Creek at Folsom Trail Daylighting Design Plan and new trailside mural.
Kicking off the festivities will be brief comments from Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, District 2 Council Member Alejandro Puy, Seven Canyons Trust Director Brian Tonetti, and local Mexican-American artists Miguel Galaz, Alan Ochoa, and Luis Novoa of Roots Art Kollective.
Amongst music and yard games, attendees are invited to take photos in front of the expansive mural, meet its artists, review the City Creek at Folsom Trail Daylighting Design Plan to bring now-buried sections of City Creek up to the surface—a process known as daylighting—and learn about stream restoration from Seven Canyons Trust, a nonprofit group.
The design plan, a community-based vision for the City Creek channel and additional improvements along the Folsom Trail between approximately 700 and 1000 West, was developed by Seven Canyons Trust, CRSA, BIO-WEST, and Avenue Consultants with resident input through surveying, visual preference, and design feedback.
“The Folsom Trail is on its way to becoming a community centerpiece. The first step was reconstructing a mile of abandoned rail corridor into a paved walking and bicycling path. The next step is adding visual improvements like this amazing mural,” said Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “The finished design bringing parts of City Creek to the surface offers next-level activation of the Trail, which would give Euclid and Poplar Grove residents and visitors increased connection to nature and each other.”
The expansive mural, starting at 1000 West and running 275 feet eastward, adorns the side of an industrial building and faces the paved Folsom Trail bearing its name and featuring flowing water throughout.
Entitled “Daylight,” the mural’s intricate patterns of blue lines (flow) and circles (clouds) emphasize the impact of water and movement. Its creators—Galaz, Ochoa, and Novoa—were selected as part of a public call for artists out of more than 30 proposals. The mural project was funded by the Seven Canyons Trust, RDA, Crocker Catalyst Foundation, River District Business Alliance, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Align Complete Real Estate Services, and the Poplar Grove Community Council.
“The City Creek at Folsom Trail project is the culmination of 30 years of work in uncovering City Creek, which has been buried for over a century. The restoration of City Creek and additional Folsom Trail improvements will revitalize a former rail corridor into a thriving ecosystem and community connection to create a beautiful, safe, and welcoming centerpiece for the Euclid/Poplar Grove neighborhood,” said Tonetti. “The beautiful Folsom Trail Mural Project is just the start of improvements coming to the corridor as work begins to raise funds to construct the City Creek at Folsom Trail Daylighting Design Plan.”
More information about the City Creek at Folsom Trail project can be found at folsomtrail.org.
About Seven Canyons Trust:
The Seven Canyons Trust is a nonprofit organization working to uncover and restore the buried and impaired creeks in the Salt Lake Valley. For more information about the organization and its work, please visit sevencanyonstrust.org.
About the RDA:
The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) strengthens neighborhoods and business districts to improve livability, create economic opportunity, and foster authentic, equitable communities. Acting as a catalyst for strategic development projects, the RDA prioritizes redevelopment projects that enhance the City’s housing opportunities, commercial vitality, public spaces, and environmental sustainability. To see what is happening in RDA project areas, please visitwww.slcrda.com.Tags: city creek, Euclid, Folsom Trail, Folsom Trail Daylighting Design Plan, Folsom Trail Mural Project, Poplar Grove, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Seven Canyons Trust