May 02, 2018

Glendale Community Council welcomes all

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By Dane Hess, Chair of Glendale Community Council

I am happy to have been recently elected as Chair of the Glendale Community Council. The board is made up of a diverse group of dedicated community members with various skills, interests, and passions. Joel Cannon, Ashley King, Jen Lopez, and Billy Palmer all bring extensive experience and varied perspectives to our council. I am looking forward to combining our efforts toward building on the successes of what is already working in our neighborhood, including the work of past councils.   

We all agree that our council's main job is to represent our community's interests with the city. We believe that in order to do this, we must know what our community members want most. The best way for us to gather this information and for community members to directly interact with elected officials is through participation in our council meetings. Historically, however, the voices and bodies of people of color, who make up the majority of our neighborhood, have been made to feel less welcome at these meetings. For this reason, we have prioritized outreach to underrepresented communities and are committing to making our meetings more approachable, engaging and meaningful.  

I was motivated to run for the position of chair in order to have a larger platform for two of my greatest passions: education and recreation. I am a social worker and educator by training and profession. I look forward to furthering investment into education opportunities in our neighborhood, including exploring the possibilities for the creation of a Glendale High School and University of Utah satellite campus.

I also love to recreate along and on the Jordan River, the heart of our community. I hope to be able to continue conversations and projects that highlight the Jordan River and the Parkway Trail as assets and viable, accessible recreation options. I look forward to working with partners from various organizations and city entities to accomplish these goals. If you would like to participate with us, please come out to our council meetings. They are held every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Library. You can email us at and follow us on Facebook: Glendale Community Council.

This article was originally published in UNP’s Partnership Newsletter in March of 2018.