Emigration Canyon Trails Planning Update
Last spring the EC Metro Township Council asked the Emigration Canyon Community Council (ECCC) to review the 2007 Emigration Canyon Trails Master Plan, and recommend those aspects of the plan most feasible for implementation. Much has changed in the canyon since 2007. Many private properties have changed hands. Significant parcels have passed into public or institutional ownership with deeded conservation restrictions, and Salt Lake City has launched a major trails initiative on the east bench.
The review process began last summer with public meetings facilitated by Dan Anderson, a member of ECCC. An ECCC working group was formed to assess trail opportunities and constraints in light of community sentiment and current circumstances. Members include Dan Anderson, Rin Harris, Claire Clark, Mike Jimenez and Bill Tobey, all from the ECCC, and two community representatives: Andy McNeil and Sarah Bennett. Other stakeholders have been consulted, including the Unified Fire Authority, Unified Police Department, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, US Forest Service, and Utah Open Lands. This group plans to present its findings to the community council at the August 13th ECCC meeting. Based on these findings, the ECCC will make recommendations to the EC Metro Council in September.
The ECCC’s recommendations will comprise a subset of the trails and facilities proposed in the 2007 plan, chosen for relative feasibility and community priorities. If approved by the township, funding sources and other implementation resources will need to be identified. On behalf of the ECCC, many thanks to all who have contributed and given their time over the past year through community input meetings and numerous working sessions to identify what we hope will be the beginning steps toward trails master plan implementation.
How can you stay informed and receive updates? Please read the ECCC quarterly newsletters by email and snail mail. Come to ECCC meetings the second Tuesday of the month 7:00 – 9:00 at the fire station. Visit the ECCC website and follow us on facebook:
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