Out at the Oxbow


CityLab teens got the chance to get out and about with Lewis Kogan and Nancy Monteith from Salt Lake City’s Parks and Public Lands Division as they toured the Oxbow Site. If you haven’t been there, this is the area just west of where 900 South meets the Jordan River, and where the river makes a gigantic bend (called an oxbow). The whole area has recently been transformed into a wetlands wildlife viewing area, and will soon have a community artwork designed by CityLab.

Lewis helped the Claim it! students learn something about the history of the space, from it being a train line, to a dump, to now a beautiful natural place. We also learned about how the water can soak through the ground and make the pond area go up and down. This means that our design will have to be firmly planted, or flexible enough to survive the floods. Thanks to Lewis and Nancy for guiding us on what can and can’t be included in our installation. Sorry Gabby, we still can’t put a snack shack on one of the little islands, but we can make a chill spot for community gathering.


Along the Jordan River at the Oxbow Nature Park Site


4.5-acre “Oxbow” micro-wetlands restoration area prior to site work, 2012


Legos in the Lab

This week in CityLab, we’ve been working on lego models of what the teens have coined, “The Chill Space”. They propose it be installed at the Jordan River Oxbow. Currently, the space is underutilized by residents and could use a personal/community touch. Here’s where we come in! The CityLab teens hope to have a fully functioning fire pit with surround seating, a pavilion of sorts, and decorative/eco-friendly water and light features. They expect the space to be frequented by local community members especially during the spring and summer months. Stay reading as we develop our ideas in the coming weeks!

City Celebrates Launch of Community Art Project for Youth


September 21, 2015

Contact: Chris Peterson, Sorenson Unity Center (801) 232-3226

City Celebrates Launch of Community Art Project for Youth

SALT LAKE CITY — City and community leaders will celebrate the launch of OurSLC: Claim it! a multi-year community arts project of Salt Lake City’s Sorenson Unity Center and the communities of Glendale and Poplar Grove at 2 p.m. on September 22 at the 9-Line BMX Pump Track, 700 West and 900 South, in Salt Lake City. 

 The Glendale Middle School Latinos in Action youth group will kick off the project with the installation of a pop-up art work at one of the future sites of the National Endowment of the Arts-funded program. 

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