2018-2019 Recommendations by ECCC trails working group to EC Metro Township Council
Proposed by EC Metro Township Council to the Emigration Canyon Community Council, May 2018
The purpose of this project is develop specific recommended sites for trailhead and trail development within the canyon with regards to managing the increased demand for trails and trail access from residents of Salt Lake and the surrounding environs. In developing the recommendations, the ECCC trails working group will draw on input from the community, UFA, UPD, SL County, SL City and other stakeholders, while adhering to the Emigration Canyon Trails Master Plan of 2007 as much as possible.
Project History/Connection with existing master plan or other project:
An extensive Emigration Canyon Trails Master Plan from 2007 that was developed over a period of 2.5 years with funding from Salt Lake County but never substantially implemented due to funding limitations. The project is to utilize that Trails Master Plan to the maximum extent possible.
Project Status January 2019
Since the last public trails meeting on November 19th 2018, the ECCC trails working group has been preparing a proposal that applies current community priorities to the development objectives detailed in our 2007 Trails Master Plan. Our assignment from the Metro Township Council was to engage the canyon community, review the unimplemented master plan, and identify some consensus starting points for trail and trailhead construction.
Throughout our public meetings it was obvious that 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. Unofficial trail builders have been busy, and Salt Lake City launched a major trails initiative on our western border. In a perfect world we would have fully understood the effects of all these changes before we started our public review. In reality, we’re now playing catch-up.
Our original goal was to quickly present draft trails recommendations for public comment and early 2019 delivery to the EC Metro Township Council. It is now obvious that additional investigation is necessary to fully address the new limits, opportunities and current feasibilities that bear on the 2007 Trails Master Plan objectives. As soon as possible, we will return to the community with recommendations that apply priorities to the 2007 Trails Master Plan in the context of a complete and accurate understanding of the current development environment.
Please bear with us while we do the necessary groundwork.