Sugar House Park is the crown jewel of the south Salt Lake Park system. The park features over 110 acres of green rolling hills, thick stands of spruce and pine, and a gorgeous lake complete with ducks and geese. The road that loops the park is a mile and three-eighths long and follows gently rolling hills around the pond. While that may seem like an odd and somewhat arbitrary number, you can make the math easy by just running 100 laps. With an even 137.5 miles under your belt, you can head home, content with your workout for the day.
What Makes It Great
Sugarhouse Park offers seven rent-able pavilions, a basketball court, seven volleyball courts, two playgrounds, an amphitheater, and one of the best sledding hills around. There’s plenty for families to do, even with little children. Sugarhouse is also home to some interesting community events. For instance, there’s the Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta in October, where locals make a pond-worthy pumpkin craft and race for prizes.
Traffic is minimal and is limited to 20 mph. If people-watching is your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Lots of folks from all around the Salt Lake Valley come to Sugarhouse Park to enjoy its tranquil beauty, and that makes for some excellent people-watching and good, wholesome, family entertainment to take your mind off the miles that you’re racking up. Just remember, if you’re struck with a sudden urge to sell a burrito or spark a cig during your run, DON’T DO IT! Vending and smoking are strictly forbidden in the park, along with drinking alcohol and posting signs or flyers. Fido is welcome as long as he stays on his leash.
Sugarhouse has lots of food options. A quick drive west on 2100 south will provide at least 20 options in the first mile. We recommend Flatbread Neapolitan(delicious wood-fired pizza with a great kids’ menu and wine list) or The Annex, Epic Brewing’s brewpub (of course, good beer and creative gastropub entrees). There’s also a Mellow Mushroom close by, and while we normally tend to shy away from chains, the soft pretzels with beer cheese will make your toes curl.
Who is Going to Love It
A one-mile lane on the inside of the driveway is a favorite for runners, walkers, cyclists, and even cross-country ski trainers. If you feel adventurous and feel like exploring a bit, the surrounding neighborhoods, especially north of the park towards 9th & 9th, are excellent for road runners – the sidewalks are wide and level and there are miles and miles of them.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Finding Sugarhouse Park is easy. From downtown Salt Lake City, just take I-80 east to the 1300 east exit. Take a left at the top of the off-ramp and cross the freeway. You’ll go straight through two lights and take a right onto 2100 south. The park is on your right.
Parking is abundant within the park and is always free.
Vending and smoking are strictly forbidden in the park, along with drinking alcohol and posting signs or flyers. Fido is welcome as long as he stays on his leash.