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City Creek Park, Salt Lake City

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#25 of 28 in Parks in Salt Lake City
City Creek is a small but historically important mountain stream that flows from City Creek Canyon and across part of Salt Lake City, Utah, and into the Jordan River which empties into the Great Salt Lake. City Creek's head is about 8 miles (13 km) up City Creek Canyon northeast of Downtown Salt Lake City. The entire stream measures only about 14.5 miles (23 km) long. Melting snow from adjacent mountains provides most of City Creek's currents, but the stream flows year-round because of natural springs at the head of the creek.
Until 1882 City Creek served as the city's primary water supply, and it continues to provide drinking water to The Avenues and northern parts of Salt Lake City.
Vanguards of the first Mormon pioneer settlers of Utah camped by the mouth of City Creek Canyon July 22, 1847. This area is now about the intersection between State Street and North Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stream originally forked into a stream heading south through Washington Square and the primary branch flowing west, toward Temple Square and approximately down North Temple Street. Both forks emptied into the Jordan River.
The vanguard, led by Orson Pratt, diverted the stream to soften the soil and plant crops. By July 24 when Brigham Young's party arrived, five acres (20,000 m²) of potatoes had already been planted. Young named the creeks in Salt Lake Valley on August 22, 1847, calling City Creek such because it was in the heart of the city that the pioneers planned.
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  • Wandering the city sights, this is an ideal stop for a quick pick-me-up or breather from a busy schedules.  more »
  • This small urban green space features watercourses, lawns and pathways. It is located fairly close to Temple Square. I discovered the park while walking back (downhill) from the State Capitol. The...  more »
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  • City Creek Park is really peaceful and includes a fair-sized pond with bridges and islands interspersed in it. The trees give it a nice cover and it is removed from immediate traffic so that there is minimal traffic noise. It is close to Memory Grove Park and a lovely residential area which makes it a calming place to hang out.
  • A small park, mostly covered in trees with benches galore. A little man made pond and waterfall sit in the middle of it all, babbling away. A few gorgeous bridges to cross and snap pictures of! A good place to rest while walking around town.

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