Parks, Trails and Open Space Committee Up and Running

Parks, Trails and Open Space Committee Up and Running
Posted on 01/01/2019

Cottonwood Heights' new Parks, Trails and Open Space Committee has begun to hold regular monthly meetings at City Hall. The group was created by the city council with an emphasis on maintaining, preserving and improving the city’s parks, trails, and open spaces.

The committee is comprised of 14 residents from across the city with strong interest and expertise in the subject matter, as well as Ben Hill, the Executive Director of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Service Area. It is an advisory committee that provides recommendations to the city regarding the creation and stewardship of parks, trails and open space. So far, the committee has held three formal meetings and has been very busy in establishing a vision statement, goals and priority projects.

The committee has already set goals to provide public awareness for existing outdoor spaces, to create programs for specific areas of interest (i.e. trails, cycling, climbing, etc.), to enhance the interconnectivity of trails within and through the city, to preserve natural open space, to identify underutilized open space needs, and more.

In its early days, committee members have taken particular interest in exploring the idea of a dog park and working to identify the challenges and opportunities in bringing that to fruition. The committee is also acting in a steering capacity for Community Development staff as it prepares a Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan.