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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pioneer Crossing Park Open House @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center (WVC: April 11)

For Immediate Release

Date:               April 2, 2013

Contact:          Ross Olsen, UCCC Executive Director, (801) 965-5070
                        Lynn Larsen, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, (385) 468-1817

Pioneer Crossing Park Open House

WHAT:           Pioneer Crossing Park Open House
WHEN:           Thursday, April 11
                        5:00 – 7:00 PM

WHERE:         Utah Cultural Celebration Center
                        1355 West 3100 South
                        WVC, UT 84119
WHO:              Everyone is invited to attend the open house to learn more about the proposed park and provide input.

WHY:              In the fall of 1848, pioneers first crossed to the west side of the Jordan River near 3300 South where the Utah Cultural Celebration Center sits today. The property subsequently became the location of the first encampment on the west side of the valley. To mark the historical importance of the area, Salt Lake County and West Valley City have created a development master plan for property adjacent to the Jordan River and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, and will present it for public input.

The 25-acre study site is located along the west bank of the Jordan River between 3300 South and the Rocky Mountain Power substation property to the north. The Utah Cultural Celebration Center campus bounds the property to the west. The site is not intended to become a typical manicured park but rather is generally envisioned to include natural open space, trails and picnic areas that will enhance the river corridor. In addition, a pedestrian suspension bridge to memorialize those first pioneers is planned for the park.

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Michael Christensen
Folklorist/Cultural Specialist
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
WVC, UT 84119
801-965-5108 Tel.
801-509-1973 Mob.
801-965-5111 Fax.

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