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Arboretum Plan Adopted by Sugar House Park Authority

Updated: Apr 27




In the March 2024, Sugar House Park Authority board meeting, Dustin Wiberg, Park Development Project Manage of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, presented an Arboretum Plan for Sugar House Park.

The goal of an outlined Arboretum Plan is to submit for Level 1 Arboretum Certification with ArbNet.org. Level 1 accreditation has six required elements.

  1. Arboretum Plan

  2. Organization or Governance Group

  3. Staff or volunteer support

  4. Public Access

  5. Labeled/signed specimen trees

  6. One event held annually


The Park Authority agreed to be the organization or governance group for the Arboretum. Sugar House Park has completed items 1-4, with items 5 and 6, installed signage and an event, expected within the next 12-15 months.


The exciting Arboretum Plan outlines 13 distinct areas to guide and plan future tree growth in the park. Following the outlined plan, patrons can work with our partner TreeUtah to plant a commemorative tree in the park.


The 13 tree zone themes are —ordered northwest to southeast:

  1. Specimen

  2. Ornamentals

  3. They Might Oak

  4. Evergreen Forest (West to East)

  5. Water Loving

  6. Great Shade Trees

  7. Farm Life

  8. Sensory Forest

  9. Marvelous Maples

  10. Hardwood Forest

  11. The Grand Alee

  12. Utah's Own

  13. Demonstration Garden


The Arboretum Plan will be expected to list types of trees per zone.


Sugar House Park Authority wants to thank the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and TreeUtah for their work on the plan and Salt Lake City Urban Forestry and Utah Community Forest Council for their review and input.

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