City Creek Canyon and Memory Grove Park have served urban Salt Lake City for decades with lunch-time runs, rides, hikes, and quiet solace from the nearby downtown jungle. You can get to Memory Grove park on foot from almost anywhere in the city in less than ten minutes, but if you are driving, we recommend parking near the Capitol Building and walking down the stairs to access the park—the neighbors at the mouth of the park appreciate this a lot.
What Makes It Great
Memory Grove Park is a beautiful 8.75-acre memorial park in the heart of uptown Salt Lake City. While it doesn’t sound like much in terms of area, the park is loaded with stunning memorials to those who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict. There is also a pond called the Harbor of Beauty, which is dedicated to the sailors who have given their lives in various wars, as well as a monument to honor the men of the 145th Field Artillery. Surrounding these beautiful monuments are concrete footpaths and, farther up the surrounding hills, smooth, well-maintained trails.
Dogs are allowed on-leash around the pond. Well-behaved dogs are welcome along the marked Freedom Trail. Owners are required by law to pick up after their dogs and make sure that pets are wearing their dog tags. Picnic tables are available throughout the park for meals, and there are benches around the memorials, along the trails, and up the road for your convenience.
Memory Grove Park is also home to the historic Memorial House. Originally constructed around 1890 as a stable and equipment storage shed for contractor Patrick J. Moran, the facility was acquired by the city in 1902. It has since been converted into a beautiful reception center and has become extremely popular for weddings, parties, and business retreats. Evidence of the building’s history remains. A double window above the main entry was once the double-doors for the hayloft. The unique bulls-eye window above the doors was a hole for the derrick that was used to hoist hay. You can even see the remnants of the horse stalls, which lined each side of the modern main hall.
Who is Going to Love It
There’s something for everyone in Memory Grove. Road or mountain bike, road or trail running, hiking, bird watching, pushing a stroller, reading in the grass, fetch with Rover, or even Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in winter. As long as it’s non-motorized, you should be fine. Trails shoot off in all directions from the memorial pond and gardens, and nearly all of the trails are gradual. The park entrance offers icy cold water and bathrooms.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There’s plenty of parking at the entrance to Memory Grove, but because it’s in a neighborhood, it can get a little tight. Residents appreciate it if you park above the park in the Avenues and walk down. The park is always open, but because it’s a city park, it’s much more inviting during the daylight hours.