SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 24, 2023 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced a $100 million investment in the Ballpark neighborhood during her State of the City address Tuesday night.
Following the news Jan. 17 that the Salt Lake Bees intend to leave Salt Lake City in 2025 for a new ballpark in South Jordan’s Daybreak community, Mendenhall shared plans for a $100 million public-private investment in the Ballpark neighborhood involving the city, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, Zions Bank and Intermountain Healthcare as founding partners.
“There has never been an investment like this in our city before,” the mayor said. “This transformative commitment of human-centered programs and opportunity will bring tremendous leverage to the concepts being generated right now in the City’s Ballpark Next competition. Investments could include programs like affordable early childhood education, workforce training, building economic stability, recreation and so much more.”
Mendenhall’s fourth State of the City address was held at Woodbine Food Hall in the Granary District, where she touted the capital city’s energetic governance and readiness to capitalize on major opportunities.
“I’ve said it before and it’s worth stating again: The character of this city isn’t created through the successes and challenges we face together. It’s revealed,” Mendenhall said. “That character is powerful, creative, tenacious and caring. There’s no stopping us. We are bold. We are courageous. We are Salt Lakers, and we are ready. The state of our city is ready.”
She praised city water users for saving 3 billion gallons last year and announced new efforts the city will undertake to ensure the resource’s longevity, including:
- A top-to-bottom study reviewing of the city government’s water usage in every facility, park and cemetery, giving a detailed assessment of every irrigation system, down to every water fountain.
- A recommendation to the City Council that the city implement a temporary drought surcharge on the biggest water consumers to encourage reductions in outdoor watering.
- A request to the City Council to formally pledge that high-quality treated water go to the Great Salt Lake and authorize the Public Utilities Department to file the necessary water right documentation amounting to an annual contribution of nearly 13 billion gallons from the city.
“History will judge us for the choices we make and don’t make right now,” Mendenhall said. “I will not sit back and watch the Great Salt Lake turn to toxic dust. We will not put our feet up and say, ‘We’ve done enough.’
“The disappearance of the Great Salt Lake is not something that is happening to us; it’s something that is happening largely because of us, because of climate change. Utahns are not victims or passive observers — we must take responsibility for our choices and take bold action now.”