Sugar House Park, considered a “crown jewel” among regional parks in the Salt Lake Valley, comprises 110.5 acres of lush, rolling green space, located on the site of the old State Prison in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City. It is bordered by 1300 East on the west, by 2100 South on the north, by 1700 East on the east, and by I-80 on the south. There are two entrances for vehicular traffic off of 2100 South, at 1400 East and 1500 East.
Though known for its verdant vistas, which are enhanced by a large pond in the western part of the park, Sugar House Park also offers many options for those interested in more than just a lovely walk. Among the park’s features for public use are: seven pavilions for group gatherings (see Reservations for more information); regulation soccer and baseball fields; a large, cement basketball court donated by the Utah Jazz; two children’s play areas, with plastic play sets; a small amphitheater with seating for 220 people; seven volleyball courts (one at each pavillion), and a sleigh-riding hill.
In addition, the park road, which winds around the park for 1.38 miles, has a 16-foot-wide inside lane which has proven popular among walkers, runners, bicyclists, and cross-country ski trainers. The distance around the full perimeter of the park (including around Highland High School) is approximately 1.9 miles.
The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the summer, and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter.
In the interest of keeping the experience of Sugar House Park a safe and pleasant one for all park users, the following park rules are in effect:
Rules of the Road The posted speed limit on the park road is 20 miles per hour and must be heeded. All traffic on the park road is one-way (counterclockwise) and one-lane. Motorists must be aware that the left lane, inside the yellow line, is reserved for runners, walkers and bicyclists; they should park on the right-hand side of the road. All local and state traffic laws are enforced on the Sugar House Park road.
Alcohol The consumption of alcohol and the possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Sugar House Park.
Smoking Smoking is prohibited in Sugar House Park, in conjunction with the ban on smoking in Salt Lake City-owned parks that was instituted by the city in 2006.
Dogs All dogs in Sugar House Park must be on a leash and under the control of their owners or caretakers. Sugar House Park has no off-leash areas for dogs.
Vending The vending of food, beverages or any products within the Park is prohibited. Anyone seeking an exemption from this policy must receive permission from the Sugar House Park Authority.
Fireworks The use of personal fireworks within the Park is prohibited.
Curfew Sugar House Park closes at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. during the winter months), and any unauthorized persons in the park after closing time will be considered to be trespassing.
Noise Salt Lake Citys Noise Ordinance is enforced in Sugar House Park.
Other Activities No Littering. No Golfing. No Archery. No Powered Aircraft.
Signs No signs or bills may be posted on light poles or other structures in the Park. Political or campaign signs are prohibited. No signs advertising an event may be erected or posted in the Park, except for day-of-event directional signs to a pavillion or notices of events that entail closure of the park road.
Sugar House Park is governed by the Sugar House Park Authority, a non-profit organization created in conjunction with Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County in 1957. The Park Authority has a nine-member Board of Trustees, seven of whom are citizen volunteers; the other two members are representatives of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, respectively.
Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County jointly owned the old State Prison site in the 1950s, having acquired it from the State of Utah after the prison was moved to the Point of the Mountain. In 1957, the city and county deeded the property, in trust, to the Sugar House Park Authority until Dec. 31, 2055. So, the Park Authority is now about halfway through its 99-year obligation to own, maintain and operate Sugar House Park.
Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County jointly provide the essential funding for the park’s maintenance; since 1990, the Park Authority has contracted with Salt Lake County Parks to maintain Sugar House Park. So, the city and county are very important partners in the three-party agreement by which the Park Authority governs the park.
The Park Authority board meets 10 times a year and makes decisions at those public meetings to set park policy and handle special requests (see Meetings for more information).