TheNature in the City Coalitionextends an open invitation to residents of the Fair Park, Rose Park, Jordan Meadows and Westpoint Communitieson the west side of Salt Lake City to learn about our Nature in the City plan by participating in one of the following four Jordan River field trips on successive Saturday mornings beginning October 8.
You'll not only learn about our vision for the future of the river corridor, but also learn from knowledgeable experts about the history, politics, natural history, challenges and opportunities of establishing a riparian greenway within the heart of a large urban area.
For more information and to register for any of these trips contact Ray Wheeler email@example.com
October 8, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm: 12-mile bike trip all the way across the city on the Jordan River Parkway Trail, with multiple stops to explore open space and parks. We'll all use our own bikes and our own cars for the shuttle from the end point at about 2800 North, Redwood Road, back to the starting point on a Jordan Parkway trail head in the parking area east of the Redwood Community Center (3060 Lester Street, West Valley City.) Note: riders should bring their own bikes to the trip starting point at 3060 S. Lester Street at a Jordan River Parkway trailhead east of the Redwood Recreation Center at 3060 S. Lester Street (1 block E. of Redwood Road in West Valley City) We'll use trip participant cars to do a pre-trip car shuttle. This trip is not limited to residents of the neighborhoods listed above.)
October 15, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm: 12-mile bike trip all the way across the city on the Jordan River Parkway Trail, with multiple stops to explore open space and parks. This trip will end at a river party at 1800 North hosted by the West View quarterly newspaper to celebrate its fall issue devoted to the Jordan River. Food, music, and games for kids at the party. Note: riders should bring their own bikes to the trip starting point at 3060 S. Lester Street at a Jordan River Parkway trailhead east of the Redwood Recreation Center at 3060 S. Lester Street (1 block E. of Redwood Road in West Valley City) We'll use trip particpant cars to do a pre-trip car shuttle. This trip is not limited to residents of the neighborhoods listed above.)
October 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: "multimodal" tour of the Jordan River corridor with expert guides who will teach you boating skills, . Any number of people can join us for the bike trip, and up to at least a dozen people on the canoe trip (we are limited by the number of boats, and registration priority for the float trip will be for people in the Fair Park, Rose Park, Jordan Meadows or Westpointe community council districts.) Float trip participants will be shuttled back to their cars at 1700 South in the S'PLORE van, and their bikes will be guarded by a watchman during the float trip. You'll not only learn about our plan for the river corridor, but will also learn paddling and river running safety skills from the professinoal river guides of S'PLORE.
October 29, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: the itinerary, schedule and activities for this second "mulimodal" (bike/float) trip will be identical to those of the Oct. 22 trip described above.
Think globally, act locally:we're doing it right here every single day at the world headquarters of theEarth Restoration Network.
The Earth Restoration Network and Jordan River Restoration Project are proud to announce a plan to create a connected series of parks, trails, nature parks, nature education centers, and ecosystem, wildlife and migratory bird habitat and wetlands restoration projects running across the heart of the largest metropolitan area in the Intermountain West.
Within Salt Lake City, the proposed Nature in the City urban wilds greenway would encompass about 800 acres of land within at least a dozen large and small blocks of existing parks and potential future native plant restoration areas along a parkway corridor crossing the very center of the city at a point just two miles east of the Utah State Capital building.
The photo above shows a brand new "nature park", which exists entirely because of spontaneous, citizen-based, local initiative right here in my neighborhood. Salt Lake valley's only river--the Jordan River--flows right past my home, under my kitchen, living room, and dining room windows. Just a couple of hundred yards downstream, the new wetlands pond shown above was installed last fall, within a brand new nature park. Per our recommendations, all non-native plants were removed from this 6-acre parcel of land--formerly a weed lot with a railroad line crossing it--the new wetlands pond was scooped out, river water was directed through intake and outflow pipes across the pond, and the entire site was replanted with native plants. This is a "nature park"-- a place where Nature rules. Yes there are wildlife observation stations and a graveled hiking trail running around the perimeter. But that's it. The rest is "nature" as God and evolution designed it. Already, after drenching spring rains, the recently planted native grasses, shrubs and trees are beginning to flourish, and a floating, gently undulating magic carpet of zooming cliff and barn swallows hovers low over the surface of the pond in morning and evening hours.
But our organization's "Jordan River Restoration Project" has gone much, much further with this great "nature park" idea. We have launched a citizen-based initiative to create not just one, but seventeen additional nature parks, forming a continuous green chain along the Jordan River corridor all the way across Salt Lake City. A total of 800 acres of restored wildlife habitat, smack in the center of the largest metropolitan area in our Intermountain West region, and a critical missing urban choke-point link in overlapping arms of not one but two international migratory bird flyways. And we propose that this chain of life right through the center of our city be extended, over time, all the way down the entire length of our small, 55-mile river--all the way "from "lake"(Utah Lake, upstream) to "lake" (the Great Salt Lake, downstream). See the links below for a full description of our visionary plan. Here's a partial map:
Map at left: south end of the proposed Nature in the City park system. For an interactive boundary map for the entire system, click on the map at left.
(-thanks, Google. In so many ways you are powering this project)
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