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SLC Mayor announces park closures, volunteer aid opportunities

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall
Posted at 2:57 PM, Sep 10, 2020

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed a proclamation Thursday banning residents from certain parks and the city's cemetery as crews continue to clear the fallen trees that came down in the downslope wind event earlier this week.

“It’s hard to see so many of our beloved open spaces upended like this. I know these places, and the big, beautiful trees that inhabit them, hold significance for our residents,” Mendenhall said in a news release. “We want to get people back in these parks as soon as we can. We just ask that the public give us time to make sure they are safe first.”

The following areas are off limits until further notice:

  • Liberty Park
  • Fairmont Park
  • Sunnyside Park
  • Jordan Park
  • Lindsey Gardens
  • Richmond Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Washington Square
  • Salt Lake City Cemetery

All other public spaces are open and the city will organize volunteer efforts to restore the parks, the statement said.

The United Way and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are partnering to provide assistance for residents affected by the windstorm. Call 2-1-1 if you need help.

Salt Lake City is seeking volunteers to visit and fill out a form to help the city match volunteers with the needs of its residents.