Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years

Oct 30, 2023, 4:00 PM

Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years....

Glendale Regional Park Phase 1 map. (Salt Lake City Public Lands Department)

(Salt Lake City Public Lands Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Glendale Regional Park project has officially begun, the new park sits where the old Raging Waters/Seven Peaks water park once stood.

The Salt Lake City Public Lands Department has an ambitious project to unite Glendale Park with the abandoned water park to create a new regional park.

Salt Lake City Public Lands Utilities Planner Kat Andra joined KSL at Night to discuss the details of the new park.

Honoring the past

Raging Waters was an iconic part of Salt Lake City. According to Andra, they wanted to do something special for the new park. “We knew we had to kind of honor what once was there as a beloved water park and celebrate that moving into the future.”

In a nod to the old water park, they are also incorporating pieces from water slides into the new park.

“We brought a consultant on board to reimagine some of those old slide pieces into place-making features on the site. They will be definitely incorporated in at least one, probably multiple ways on the site, into different place-making art features,” Andra said.

The new park

Combining the old park size of 4 acres with the new land gives the Glendale Regional Park 21 acres to provide the community needed park space and amenities.

Due to its size, Andra says the park will open in different phases during the next few years.

Phase 1 will be in the western area of the park, and according to Andra, it will be a big playground for kids of all ages and all abilities playground.

“It’ll be fully adaptive and have assistive technologies. So that will be really cool to see on the West side. It’ll include full-court basketball. We’re putting 12 pickleball courts in, and some looping paths. Another thing you can expect in phase 1 is a kind of promenade for big food truck events, and community gathering spaces,” Andra told KSL.

For the next phases, they will also add an amphitheater for concerts, an outdoor swimming pool, and a skate park area.

You can follow the project by going to the Glendale Regional Park Master Plan website.

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Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years