Tanner Park is a 9+ acre community park just east of Salt Lake City. It’s easily accessible from South Salt Lake, Millcreek, and Sugar House. Tanner Park offers a baseball field, a tennis court, restrooms and drinking fountains, and about 2000 feet of paved trail. There is also a large area for children, which includes a swing set, sliding board, and other children’s play equipment. Parking at Tanner Park is limited, but the side of the road can be used for overflow.
What Makes It Great
While Tanner Park isn’t a hike, strictly speaking, it’s an extremely convenient place for folks living or working in the area to get a quick workout. The park is very popular, especially for dog owners, so it’s less than ideal for folks seeking serenity in natural surroundings. If you have a dog or are anxious to get out and meet other people’s dogs, however, Tanner Park is your kind of place.
Directly to the east of Tanner Park is Parley’s Historic Nature Park. This area is attached to Tanner Park, so it uses the same parking area. It’s easy to get to—just follow Parley’s Trail from the southeast side of Tanner towards the mountains. It offers miles of dirt track trail, a natural stream, and open space. Parley’s is also an off-leash dog area, but you have to walk them on-leash through Tanner. [Note: If you’re not keen on hiking with unfamiliar dogs, you’ll want to stay out of Parley’s Nature Area.] The park is simple, but does offer dog clean-up stations, and there’s a convenient little dog wash as you leave Tanner Park.
Parley’s Historic Nature Park is surrounded by singletrack hiking and biking trails. There is a BMX jump track area. This area is off-limits to dogs. For history buffs, plaques have been placed throughout the park that describe various historical events that took place in the area. The park also offers access points for a mile-long segment of Parley’s Trail. This paved trail is still under construction, but eventually will connect the Bonneville Shoreline Trail at the mouth of Parley's Canyon to the Jordan River Parkway Trail.
Who is Going to Love It
Trail runners, dog-walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, and BMX bikers will all love Tanner Park. While the terrain isn’t the most amazing we’ve seen, the park’s accessibility is unmatched.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Getting to Tanner Park is easy. From downtown Salt Lake City, take I-80 east toward Park City About a mile after the Sugarhouse exit, take exit 127 to 2300 east. From the exit, take your first left onto Claybourne Avenue. Soon you’ll come to a stop sign at Heritage Way. Take a right. The park will be on your left in less than half a mile.
The park has quite a bit of parking, but it may not be sufficient during peak hours. You can, however park along the street. All parking is free. Daytime is the best time to visit the park.