What is the Folsom Trail?
The Folsom Trail is a planned off-street, paved walking and biking path connecting the Jordan River Parkway Trail to Downtown Salt Lake City. Currently nearing the end of the planning and design phase, construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.
The Trail will follow a former rail corridor from 500 West at North Temple to the Jordan River Bridge and Fisher Mansion near 200 South.
For the time being, the trail alignment west of 1000 West will utilize existing sidewalks and bike lanes on 1000 West, 200 South, and North Temple due to a short section of property near the Jordan River that Salt Lake City is unable to acquire or legally access from Union Pacific Railroad.
The concept of an east-west trail from Downtown to the Jordan River Trail dates back more than two decades and is found in five adopted master plans, including:
The Downtown Community Master Plan (2016)
The Westside Master Plan (2014) – link opens PDF
The Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan (2015)
The Open Space Master Plan (1992) – link opens PDF
North Temple Boulevard Plan (2010) – link opens PDF
In 2015, the Salt Lake City Transportation Division applied for and received Capital Improvement Projects funding to begin design of a paved, multi-use pathway along the route of the former Folsom rail line.
In 2016, the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of Salt Lake City requested funding to assist in design and construction of the trail and greenspace amenities in the Depot District, an RDA project area.
The City Council awarded Parks Impact Fees to the project to assist in the development of a greenway corridor.
The Folsom Trail was included in a regional application submitted by the Utah Transit Authority for federal assistance in creating First-Mile and Last-Mile active transportation connections to transit. The grant application was successful, and the project has been fully funded as part of the grant as of early 2017. The money previously allocated by Salt Lake City for this project will go towards the required local match for the grant.
In the Mayor’s recommended fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, $2.1 million were proposed for urban trails, nearly $1.1 million of which was intended for the Folsom Trail. In 2020, the SLC RDA approved nearly $350,000 in funding from several sources to enhance the lighting and landscaping of the Folsom Corridor.
Recent Public Input
In the spring of 2020, 1,053 residents and businesses told the City how to prioritize funding for lighting, landscaping, and other decorative elements. They wanted:
- Enough lighting to feel safe but not too much, with overhead lighting at intersections and smaller bollard lights in between.
- Landscaping and decorative elements that softened the industrial feeling of the area.
- Investment in places to sit, native plants, and decorative gravel at intersections.
Find out how responses and demographics from everyone compared to people only on the west side, trail users, and residents and business owners by downloading the Microsoft Excel report.
The first phase of the project, which is currently on-going, focuses on trail design and construction that supports a safe and comfortable walking and bicycling connection for all ages and abilities.
Future phases of improvements to the Folsom Corridor will explore options for encouraging redevelopment, expanding the focus on green space, ecological improvements, and water quality.
The City studied the feasibility of creating a small stream channel, or “daylighting” using the excess City Creek runoff currently in the Folsom Drain. Read the June 2020 final report of the feasibility study by clicking the link below.
For more information, please contact:
Transportation Planner III