|Welcome to Hidden Hollow!!!
This web site offers a virtual field trip through a small nature preserve in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah. Hidden Hollow is a community greenspace located in the block from 13th East to 11th East, and 21st South to Wilmington Ave, in the Sugar House community of Salt Lake City.
|The map to the right (taken from an older U.S. Geological Survey Quadrange map) shows the Sugarhouse Community area in relationship to Westminster College and other features. Hidden Hollow is located along Parley's Creek just west of Sugarhouse Park at 13th East and just south of 21st South.|
|Recent History: In April of 1990,
a recycling project was started at the McIntyre Center (currently being
demoished for redevelopment), the business complex in which Hidden Hollow
sits. Students from Hawthorne Elementary School, who were involved
in the Kids Organized to Protect our Environment (K.O.P.E.) program, developed
the recycling project. It was on the day of the opening ceremonies
for the recycling project that they discovered Hidden Hollow, instantly
recognizing the opportunity it held for them. The K.O.P.E. kids decided
that they wanted to save Hidden Hollow, have it restored, then open it
to the community as a park and outdoor classroom. They embarked upon
a long and wonderful journey that has brought Hidden Hollow to the attention
of many people. In 1991 the zoning of Hidden Hollow was changed from
commerical to "open space" by the Sugar House Community Council because
of a student submitted proposal.
This is the view from the gate of Hidden Hollow to the west. The parking lot shown was the site if the recycling program the K.O.P.E. kids started.
An modern office complex currently exists adjacent to Hidden Hollow as shown in this picture to the east. An new hotel is also currently under construction at the site of the old Hygea Ice Rink on the north bank of Parley's Creek just to the left of this picture. If typical urban landscaping is placed here in Hidden Hollow it is feared that the native plants and wildlife found along the creek will lose their home, to suit the more manicured tastes of the surrounding businesses.
|This website offers you a chance to stroll through Hidden Hollow, see
the variety of life it supports, and experience the wonderful things that
can be found in our own backyards.