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Some Salt Lake City parks reopen following violent windstorm

Liberty Park, Sunnyside Park, Washington Square to reopen Friday
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Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 17:30:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Slowly but surely, local parks are reopening following this month's windstorm that uprooted thousands of trees and closed open areas.

But Friday at 5 p.m., Sunnyside Park, Washington Square and Liberty Park (East Half) will throw open their gates and once again welcome residents inside.

Liberty Park alone lost 69 trees during the storm, most over six decades old.

Salt Lake City officials announced a new program that will help replace trees lost to the nearly 100 mph winds. ReTree SLC is raising funds to replant the more than 1,500 trees that were uprooted.

Not all city parks are ready to be reopened. Riverside, Lindsay Gardens, Fairmont and Salt Lake City Cemetery remain closed until further notice.