3rd Annual Festival Brings Community Together to Conserve, Protect, Restore and Celebrate the Jordan River Parkway


Two days of conservation efforts and celebrations will take place on May 12 and May 14, 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah, May 10, 2016 – The 3rd Annual Get Into The River Festival, presented by Wells Fargo, will kick off two days of events along the Jordan River Parkway and Trail on Thursday, May 12 and Saturday, May 14 at locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Details for all events can be found at GetIntoTheRiver.org.

Conservation Day (May 12) brings together volunteers from Wells Fargo, eBay, Radius Engineering, Harmons Grocery, Mark Miller Subaru, Rocky Mountain Power, The Payne Group at Wells Fargo Advisors, Smith’s Food and Drug and the Jordan River Foundation to work on restoration projects in 13 trail-side and 4 in-river locations. These volunteers will also be joined by 275 college student leaders from around the state participating in the Utah Leadership Academy Conference at Westminster College and community volunteers interested in preserving this vital urban open space. Conservation projects will primarily take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and include invasive weed removal, trash collection, native tree planting, planting native grass seed, fencing of trees to protect from beaver and deer damage and much more. (Detailed locations, times and groups participated are listed below.)

Festival Day (May 14) is made up of nine events being hosted by municipalities and nonprofit organizations along the Jordan River Parkway to celebrate and increase awareness of the activities, wildlife, plants and role of the river corridor in the Salt Lake Valley from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The celebrations will be hosted by KRCL, Davis County, North Salt Lake City, Utah Open Lands, South Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, West Jordan City, Jordan Valley Water Conservation District, South Jordan City, Seven Canyons Trust and Salt Lake City Corporation. The Festival will conclude with the free GITR@NOTE thank you celebration at the Utah State Fairpark Amphitheater, featuring music by Holy Water Buffalo and The Hollering Pines from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and hosted by the Jordan River Commission and River District Business Alliance. (Detailed locations, times and groups participated are listed below.)

Get Into The River sponsors include:

Wells Fargo, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, eBay, Harmons Grocery, Mark Miller Subaru, Radius Engineering, Salt Lake Education Foundation, Smiths, The Payne Group at Wells Fargo Advisors, 90.9 fm KRCL, SLUG Magazine, Clyde Snow & Sessions Attorneys, Salt Lake City Corp. Special Event Fund, Brant Snow, Honey Bucket, Jordan River Foundation and Performance Audio.

Get Into The River organizers include:

Wells Fargo, Mark Miller Subaru, Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake County, Splore, Jordan River Commission, Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, Nonprofit Development Partners, Seven Canyons Trust, Neighbor Works Salt Lake, Utah State Fairpark, The Jordan River Foundation, Davis County, North Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, Murray, West Jordan, Riverton City, Utah Open Lands, TreeUtah, NOTE District, River District Business Alliance, and The Nature Conservancy.

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CONSERVATION DAY SITES ON THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

Volunteer teams, led by Splore, will clean in the river via canoes in the following river stretches:

  • 1800 North to North Temple, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • 1700 South to 300 South, 1-5 p.m. – Volunteer Team: Community Volunteers
  • 2300 South to 4300 South Winchester, 1-5 p.m. – Volunteer Team: Students from Realms of Inquiry School
  • 4800 South to 6300 South Winchester, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo

The trailside teams will be led by Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake County, South Salt Lake City, Murray City, Riverton City, South Jordan City, RiverRestoration, TreeUtah, Utah Open Lands and Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands.

  • NW Middle School – Volunteer Team: Smith’s Food and Drug
  • Riverside Park – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • Jordan Park – Volunteer Team: Community Volunteers
  • Southside Trail – Volunteer Team: Radius Engineering
  • Redwood Natural Area – Volunteer Teams: Mark Miller Subaru and Radius Engineering
  • General Holm Park, 2-3:30 p.m. – Volunteer Team: Utah Leadership Academy Conference Attendees
  • Little Confluence – Volunteer Team: Harmons Grocery
  • Germania Park – Volunteer Team: The Payne Group at Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Big Bend Restoration Area – Volunteer Team: Rocky Mountain Power
  • Mulligan Golf Course – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • O. Roi Hardy Park – Volunteer Team: Wells Fargo
  • Galena Open Space – Volunteer Team: eBay

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FESTIVAL DAY EVENTS ON SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

  • KRCL Community Clean-Up, Utah State Fairpark Amphitheater, 155 North 1000 West, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Join us from 9 to 11 a.m. to participate in a garbage clean-up and invasive species removal efforts. Advanced registration is available at org/krcl-clean-up.
  • Gardner Village, 1100 West 7800 South, hosted by West Jordan City, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Can you outrun the mayor? Kids 14 and under are invited to race Mayor Kim V. Rolfe in the Mayor Mile. Winners will receive a ribbon to commemorate the race. Free sign-up starts at 9 am and the race will begin at 10 am. Participate in a chalk art mural to leave your mark on the Jordan River. Details at org/west-jordan-festival.
  • Conservation Garden Park, 1300 West 8275 South, hosted by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Become the envy of your neighborhood by finding out little-known secrets that will improve the color and health of your grass. Learn how to make compost from your grass clippings and leaves, thus sending less material to the landfill and more nutrients to your soil. Take a walk around the Conservation Garden Park and learn garden tips and tricks. Details at org/jordan-valley-festival.
  • Legacy Nature Preserve, approximately 1800 N. on Redwood Road, hosted by Davis County and North Salt Lake, 10 a.m. launch: Canoe the Jordan River through the Legacy Nature Preserve, an area that is normally closed to the public. Bring your boat, paddles and lifejackets! Each trip will take about 3 hours, and your hosts will transport you and your equipment back to your car. Details at org/north-salt-lake-davis-county-festival.
  • Riverfront Park Ponds, 11267 River Front Parkway, hosted by South Jordan City, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Participate in a fishing competition to see who can catch the biggest fish. Register for your fishing license with help from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Learn about community organizations and local initiatives at the information booths set up throughout the site. Details at org/south-jordan-festival.
  • Galena Open Space, 13130 Vista Station Blvd. (approx 700 West), hosted by Utah Open Lands, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Take a self-guided archaeological and nature tour to experience the Jordan River ecosystem. Learn about the history of the Galena Open Space from a local expert. Details at getintotheriver.org/utah-open-lands-festival.
  • General Holm Park, approximately 3900 South 700 West, hosted by South Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Go on a guided exploration through the Meadowbrook Natural Area, try your hand at geocaching, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy kids’ activities and prizes. Details at org/south-salt-lake-festival.
  • 1st Annual Range to River Relay, hosted by Seven Canyons Trust, relay begins in City Creek Canyon at 3 p.m.: Three-person teams will consist of a biker, boater and runner. Participants will follow the path of City Creek via bikes donated by GREENbike, continuing as the creek gets buried underground and ending at the creek’s confluence with the Jordan River at the Utah State Fairpark. Participants will then boat the Jordan River northward with canoes donated by Splore, following the river from a channelized canal to a meandering, healthy river. The Jordan River Parkway, a 43-mile nearly-continuous paved trail, will be utilized for the final stretch of the race, running past native cottonwoods and willows, as well as invasive Russian olive and Scotch thistle. Advanced registration is required, with the relay being limited to 15 teams. Information and register at org/range-to-river-relay.
  • Utah State Fairpark Amphitheatre, approximately 1225 West North Temple, hosted by Salt Lake City Corp., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Learn about community organizations and local initiatives working in this area at information booths. Splore will offer canoe rides to check out the Utah State Fairpark from an in-river perspective. Pit yourself against others in a rubber ducky dash in the river. Details at org/salt-lake-city-festival.
  • GITR@NOTE, Utah State Fairpark Amphitheatre, hosted by Jordan River Commission Utah State Fairpark and the River District Business Alliance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Join us in closing out the annual Get Into The River Festival with a free concert featuring Holy Water Buffalo and The Hollering Pines. Food trucks will be available to fill you up with delicious, local foods. Beer and wine will be available for those of age. Splore will offer canoe rides to check out the Fairpark from an in-river perspective. The Jordan River Commission will be presenting its annual awards at this event. Award recipients for 2016 include: Chris McCandless, Chairman’s Award; Rich Cunningham, Legislator of the Year; Eric McCulley, TAC Member of the Year; and Jordan River Community Initiative (Juan Gilberto Rejon Magana, Van Hoover), Community Partner of the Year. Details at getintotheriver.org/gitr-note.

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The Jordan River corridor is considered the “hydrological backbone” of the Salt Lake Valley, hosting a veritable array of wildlife, native plants and natural areas within the heart of our urban life. The River flows 51 miles from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. The Jordan River Parkway has 43 miles of nearly continuous, non-motorized paved trail along the corridor, as well as equestrian trails, trailheads, parks, urban fisheries, golf courses and natural areas along the River. The Jordan River Parkway Trail connects to the Legacy Parkway Trail and the Denver/Rio Grande Western Rail Trail which ends in Roy, Utah. The combined trails provide 76 miles of regional paved trail for Wasatch Front residents.

The “Get Into The River” Festival, presented by Wells Fargo, is a collaborative project to conserve, protect, restore and celebrate the Jordan River Parkway. The Festival brings nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, corporations and municipalities together to annually celebrating the Jordan River and Parkway. Splore is the fiscal sponsor of this event. The Festival is divided into two days. Conservation Day, includes efforts by more than 500 volunteers annually to clean-up and restore areas along and within the River, such as removing trash and dead foliage, pulling weeds, re-seeding areas with native grass seed and plants, pruning trees, removing graffiti and refreshing paint. Corporate and community volunteer teams spend approximately four hours working within the Jordan River or along the Parkway. The public is invited to Festival Celebration events to learn about the animals and habitats supported by the Jordan River and how communities and individuals are enjoying it each and every day. Several municipalities host events in their communities, highlighting special features in “their” stretches of the Parkway. In addition, nonprofit and community partners will give educational presentations and recreational demonstrations during the day.

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