May 09, 2022

New city initiative supports Glendale residents in improving their neighborhoods

An interactive display created by the kids of the after-school library program demonstrating how they use and spend time in public spaces. Ravi Sharma at a Glendale Library event. His station had kids vote for their favorite parks and provide feedback to improve these spaces. Darely Flores during a Glendale Library event. Her station was painting rocks and discussing why kids enjoy their parks. The LYB team paddling along the Jordan River with the Jordan River Commission. Pictured are Ravi Sharma, Aimee Horman of the Jordan River Commission, Anna Peabody, and Katie Riser of the Public Lands Department.
An interactive display created by the kids of the after-school library program demonstrating how they use and spend time in public spaces.|Ravi Sharma at a Glendale Library event. His station had kids vote for their favorite parks and provide feedback to improve these spaces.|Darely Flores during a Glendale Library event. Her station was painting rocks and discussing why kids enjoy their parks.|The LYB team paddling along the Jordan River with the Jordan River Commission. Pictured are Ravi Sharma, Aimee Horman of the Jordan River Commission, Anna Peabody, and Katie Riser of the Public Lands Department.|||| An interactive display created by the kids of the after-school library program demonstrating how they use and spend time in public spaces.|Ravi Sharma at a Glendale Library event. His station had kids vote for their favorite parks and provide feedback to improve these spaces.|Darely Flores during a Glendale Library event. Her station was painting rocks and discussing why kids enjoy their parks.|The LYB team paddling along the Jordan River with the Jordan River Commission. Pictured are Ravi Sharma, Aimee Horman of the Jordan River Commission, Anna Peabody, and Katie Riser of the Public Lands Department.|||| |||||||
By Darely Flores and Ravi Sharma

All photos courtesy Love Your Block

Love Your Block is a new opportunity from Mayor Mendenhall’s office that engages Westside residents in revitalizing portions of the Jordan River and surrounding neighborhoods, working in partnership with the City’s Public Lands Department and the Homeless Emergency and Response Team.

What is the goal? To bridge the gaps between community members, local leaders, and the Salt Lake City government; to engage with the community on a humanscale and better understand the diverse and unique circumstances facing each Westsider.

Recently, the team was able to partner with the Glendale Library after school program for an outreach event in which 30 students from across the Westside participated. We facilitated various activities to engage the students and inspire them to think creatively about their neighborhoods. The activities included rock painting, flower hand art, and providing feedback on what they would like to see in their parks and communities; ideas included more space to ride bikes and walk pets, fields and courts with lighting, and more opportunities for commerce.

The Love Your Block program is offering $500 grants to 10 community members or groups with a compelling vision to address blight and foster community one block at a time. We will begin accepting project proposals in April and the winning applicants will be announced in May, with the projects themselves occurring over the summer.

For more information, contact or visit www.slc.gov/mayor/love-your-block/.

Published in Spring 2022