SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in 50 years, the public will finally be able to enjoy one of Salt Lake City's most beautiful treasures.
Starting Sunday, Allen Park will open for visitors and will remain open seven days a week after that.
The city purchased the seven-acre site in the spring for $7.5 million to save it from developers. Since then, plans have been in motion to open the area to the public to showcase its natural and historic artifacts.
Along with historic buildings that have been relocated to the area, visitors will be able to explore the forest and view mosaic artworks.
Known as "Hobbitville," the Allen Park area sits on 1300 East near Westminster College. It was originally created as a bird sanctuary by local surgeon George Allen.
“Few sites in Salt Lake City can claim as long and as powerful a hold on the public imagination as Allen Park." said David Amott, Executive Director of Preservation Utah. "… Preservation Utah looks forward to aiding Salt Lake City in restoring, interpreting, and programming Allen Park in the present moment and for years to come.”
There is no parking available at Allen Park, so those who wish to visit are being told to take public transportation or park at Sugarhouse Park.
Allen park will be open through the daylight hours.
🦚Allen Park🦚 will open to the public THIS SUNDAY! I’m so excited for you to see this unique space, which will be preserved for the public for future generations. #utpol https://t.co/q0G3dBk81c pic.twitter.com/Xv78Ckkdsr— SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) October 1, 2020