County and community partners launch ‘On the River’s Edge’ ideas competition

Salt Lake County and the Jordan River Foundation are coming together to encourage big ideas for how more families, businesses, and visitors can access and enjoy the Jordan River and its surrounding areas.

U.S. based teams of landscape architects and designers, urban planners, engineers, etc. are invited to submit innovative and creative ideas that balance conservation and development, increase year-round recreational opportunities, connect residents and visitors to an ecologically diverse nature corridor, and activate vibrant social gathering places along the mid-valley section of the Jordan River.

“We have had the opportunity to engage community leaders, citizens, recreation lovers, preservationists and environmentalists to help better the Jordan River,” said County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “Collectively we have accomplished a lot in turning the river into the asset that it is. On the River’s Edge is the next step in a long process to create additional value in this section of the river. Government is best when we go outside of the office and bring in fresh ideas.”

Ideas will be judged on the following five criteria: activation of space, connectivity to and through the river area, recreational use, conservation the natural resource and beauty of the river, and economic prosperity along the river corridor.

The competition launched on March 13th, 2019. Registration is open until April 24th and ideas must be submitted by May 30th. Salt Lake County and its partners want to transform the Jordan River into a contemporary asset that people want to visit and spur growth in the surrounding neighborhoods. For more information go to