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Slightly off topic question about "Granite Park" in SLC/Sandy area

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Calling all SLC Bears!

My wife and I are thinking about moving out to the SLC area and we have dogs. I know that this issue was covered sort of in another post but my question concerns the big park near Sandy. We're concentrating our home search near there because it seems affordable and looks like a nice central location and just a hop, skip and a jump from the mouth of THE canyon.

It's called Granite Park and looks pretty big on the map. Can anyone tell me what it's like?

Can you let your dogs run off their lead on the trails? Is it big enough to find a place to throw the ball to the dogs and bother other people?

Is it wooded or mostly open space?

Are there other good dog walking/running type places close by? And I mean in town. I know that the mountains are right there and will be great for summer/fall as long as we stay out of LCC.

Thanks for you help. I have to be able to run the dogs or else they go nuts inside.

Cheers,

Sean
post #2 of 25
All the Canyons by Salt Lake City are water shead areas so in Both Little and Big Cottenwood Canyons no Dogs allowed. In Mill Creek Canyon dogs are allowed every other day. I can't remember if it is odd or even number days that dogs are allowed. Even up parleys Canyon untill the Summit county line they don't allow dogs. I don't know a thing about Granite Park. I'm sure you know that there are leash laws in Salt Lake City so I would imagine in most parks they would apply. How well they are enforced is another story. I live in Park City other wize known as Bark City. Up here if you don't have a dog when you move here they make you get one. Ok thats not true. But you get the point, Park city is a vary Dog friendly place. I can walk with my dogs off leash on most of the trails around here. Becuse we are a reaativly small town I take my dogs almost anyplace even to vote. Yeap at the polling place they had dog biscuts to give out as the owners voted. I wish I had more info for you on Dogs in the Salt Lake City area. But I seldom take my two bone head critters down there with me.
post #3 of 25
Mill Creek Canyon is the best. Lots of trails, and there's never any problems with leashes, unless it's really crowded, but it usually isn't. You can get a year pass for $25 or something like that.

Also, the parks in town are great for letting your dogs run free. I used to head to the parks around 45th south, and there was nary a soul. Let the dogs run free to their heart's delight. I don't know anything about Granite Park. Like Utah49 says, SLC is very dog-friendly, so anywhere you go should be pretty nice.
post #4 of 25
Actually I believe in Millcreek (the lower part anyway) dogs are allowed everyday, but a leash is required on odd or even days (I don't remember which). Then I think there's an alternating day rule for the upper part of the canyon. There are so many alternating rules (similar thing with bikes in certain areas) up there it's hard to remember. I was walking my dog off leash last and a ranger stopped me and told me to put him on a leash. I said I thought that wasn't required since it was an odd (or even - can't remember) day, and I had asked about it at the base station on my way in. He looked confused for a minute and said he couldn't remember what day it was, so nevermind.

So Millcreek is nice, but our biggest complaint about living here is finding a place to hike with our dog. It seems like it's off limits everywhere.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info guys and gals.

Where is MillCreek Canyon? Is it north of BCC near the city of MillCreek and Hollyday?

Also, where do y'all live and why? Are you transplants or natives?

I'm trying to get a feel for the neighborhoods in the SLC area and would love to hear you thoughts on the subject. As you know already, I have dogs and need a yard for them. Although I am not a heathen, I am not a practicing member of any religion and would like to find a diverse neighborhood to settle into. I want to be as close to BCC/LCC as I can but still find a house around $150,000. I'll be looking for work as a computer professional so commuting should factor into the equation as well.

You're most honest thoughts on this subject are very much desired.

Thanks again,

Sean
post #6 of 25
I live in Sandy - we picked it based on proximity to LCC (we're transplants), price range, and the need for a yard for the dog. It's a relatively LDS neighborhood (although there's a Catholic church and school nearby), but as long as you don't have kids that's pretty transparent - we just have nice quiet neighbors and a quick 15 minute drive up the canyon. If you're looking for a more liberal neighborhood you should look up towards the U.

You're in the right section for locating Millcreek.

If you're looking at Sandy or anywhere closer to SLC than that, the commute to just about anywhere in town is quick.
post #7 of 25
Don't know a Granite Park. We've got two German Sheapards and live in the Avenues by the U. I take them up in the hills above the capital, above City Creek park, and let them run free. There's nothing up there but foothills and then mountains. The city looks like a toytown from up there. It's pretty much all wild public land; you can hike clear to Snowbasin if you've got a few days. We've seen couger tracks in the snow. The trailheads are all about a half mile up the hill from here, by Karl Malone's big house. What's great about most hikes around SLC, especially mount Olympus, is that once you crest the ridge, it's totally unspoiled. It would be nice to be a few minutes closer to LCC, but I like this neighborhood. We're moving to Park City this summer, on the theory that , short of quiting work, being five minutes from the lift is best. Also the summers here in the valley are HOT.
post #8 of 25
Found the Granite neighborhood on the SLC map. It's directly adjacent to the mouth of Little Cottonwood. No Granite Park that I could find.
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Rubob, et. all,

I have come to the conclusion that this Granite Park must be a neighborhood park. But this is a huge swath of land on the map. I have added a URL for mapquest.

Granite Park

Just zoom in two levels and you'll see the name of the park. It's right at the mouth of LCC. I don't mean to make this a crusade but I find it hard to believe no one has ever been to this park. Oh well.

Now we're trying to decide between the Sandy area and the Avenues. I think our money will go farther in Sandy but the Avenues look pretty funky.

Sean
post #10 of 25
I don't know if any of you have seen the News on the wolf That was captured in the hills above Stoddered Utah Stoddered is about 30 miles north east of salt Lake City as the crow flys. What rubob said is so true. Once in the Mountains above Salt Lake City it's like your 100 miles from the nearest city. Up here in Park City I have had Moose in my yard countless Deer eating my wifes flowers. rubob your going to love living up here. we have to get together here soon and get some skiing in
post #11 of 25
I don't know if any of you have seen the News on the wolf That was captured in the hills above Stoddered Utah Stoddered is about 30 miles north east of salt Lake City as the crow flys. What rubob said is so true. Once in the Mountains above Salt Lake City it's like your 100 miles from the nearest city. Up here in Park City I have had Moose in my yard countless Deer eating my wifes flowers. rubob your going to love living up here. we have to get together here soon and get some skiing in
post #12 of 25
I don't know if any of you have seen the News on the wolf That was captured in the hills above Stoddered Utah Stoddered is about 30 miles north east of salt Lake City as the crow flys. What rubob said is so true. Once in the Mountains above Salt Lake City it's like your 100 miles from the nearest city. Up here in Park City I have had Moose in my yard countless Deer eating my wifes flowers. rubob your going to love living up here. we have to get together here soon and get some skiing in
post #13 of 25
I looked at mapquest. That park is commonly referred to as Dimple Dell park. It is managed by Salt lake County. You can contact them for more info at www.co.slc.ut.us. It is managed as a natural area. It is basically a large gully that cuts through the center of Sandy with a stream that runs through and is heavily wooded with scrub oak. There are several similar areas in the valley, although most are not as large as Dimple Dell.

If you are looking for an area that is diverse in lifestyle, Sugarhouse is definetly the best place. It has a good commercial center with a good mix of national retailers and local businesses. There are some great ethnic restaurants as well. I highly recommend Mazza for some great midddle eastern food. And, it is probably the most liberal area in Utah outside of PC. We even have a two term representative in the State House who is a lesbian (gasp!! In Utah? ) Housing costs have gone up the last few years, but there are still some reasonable deals. it is also closer to LCC than the aves and has great freeway access so you can get anywhere in the valley quickly. I would stay away from the Sandy area. It is incredibly conservative and probably 90% LDS.

[ December 05, 2002, 08:16 AM: Message edited by: crew cut ]
post #14 of 25
Sugerhouse is great. It ain't quite Greenwich Village, but it ain't Sandy either. Utah 49; my season's gotten off to a slow start with the new baby. Never seem to get enough sleep and I'm not in shape. That said, a little pow would be a great motivator. Let's stay in touch. Rubob.
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
Crew Cut/Rubob,

What is the zip code for the Sugarhouse area? If you don't know the zip then what are some of the crossroads through the neighborhood?

I'm using Reloutah.com to do my real estate searching cause they have pictures of everything and a wealth of info.

Thanks for the info on Dimple Dell too. I knew someone had to know about it.

Utah49, what's the deal with the wolf? Was it a loner and wild? Or just a half breed coydog? It's great to see such a majestic creature such as the wolf beginning to revive itself.

Oh well, it's snowing in Washington, DC and I'm loving it. Gotta enjoy the annual snowfall while it lasts.

Cheers,

Sean
post #16 of 25
There are a couple of zip codes, try 84105. The interesction that forms the heart of Sugarhouse is 2100 South and 1100 East.
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks Crew Cut.
post #18 of 25
The wolf was a tagged one - it was a male originally from a pack in Yellowstone and was evidently wandering looking for new territory. (What I saw on the news anyway...)

Sorry about the confusion with the park. I'd never heard it called Granite Park either. Dimple Dell is a nice park, but I believe you have to keep your dog on the leash. It's a nice place for running though, since the trails are covered in wood chips and are nice and soft.

There are several other smaller parks in Sandy that are great for throwing a ball for your dogs. Alta Canyon and Aspen Meadows (As labeled on the Maquest Map) are both nice open areas for that.

[ December 05, 2002, 10:44 AM: Message edited by: altagirl ]
post #19 of 25
Altagirl is correct about the Wolf. However they think there is another one up there still at wandering around. Rubob let me know what days you can get out and do a few runs. I'm always up for a few runs at Alta. Lets see three more fillups at Phillips 66 gas stations and I have a lift ticket to Snowbird! Now i need to find a dicounted lift pass for Snowbasin.
post #20 of 25
Monday; Maybe Monday; we could hack around Alta. any storms afoot?
post #21 of 25
I lived in SLC this past winter, commuting up to PC to teach skiing.

I lived in a house off of 39th south and the loop, in the foothills right next to Mill Creek Canyon. Lovely area. Lots of good trails in MCC and there's two or three really cool parks around the area.

Pretty much all of the 'burbs are 90% LDS. Sugarhouse is a really cool area and the place I would live if I returned to SLC. Houses are old, though, and really expensive.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I've noticed that it's much more expensive to live near downtown then in the burbs. It's a tough call. Do I want to be in a neat funky neighborhood or do I buy the bigger house for less money.

Doh!! Well at least I have some time to think. Keep the comments coming.

Sean
post #23 of 25
Location location location. You will always be better off buying a home in the sugarhouse area. Homes retain their value in this area, where in most of the suburbs they do not. The real estate market has already started to show a decline in home prices in zip codes in the suburbs. In the sugarhouse zip codes, home prices have stayed the same or increased about 2-5% this year. Yeah you can buy more house for the buck, but your buck will decline in value with a suburb home
post #24 of 25
Hey SeanyMac, glad to see you're still investigating..say in that price range I'd also look in the liberty park area more toward cerntal city, or perhaps 9th and 9th. Its been kind of gentrifying over the last few years, though that term seems weird applied to SLC! There are some nice older homes you can find there very similar to aves and parts of sugarhouse. (Sugarhouse can be pretty overpriced, but thats just my opinion..) You'd be off the bench so a little more inversion, and not much view, but its its much easier to get to the mountains than from the avenuies. I've got some friends that bought actually west of liberty park a couple of years ago and they've been very happy w/ it. Just something to look at..
post #25 of 25
Perhaps dreaming, but looking at a future move out west - change in lifestyle.

Initially looking at Jackson, Wy and SLC, UT.

Jackson - we love the Tetons and Yellowstone.

SLC - probably more realistic for employment (management
consultant), housing etc.

Our family: my wife, 7-year old daughter, 6-year old son.

Interests:
* Good schools (elementary - HS, good student-teacher ratio,
test scores, college prep). Private or public?
* Family neighborhood (sidewalks, biketrails, parks)
* Other than skiing, hiking, biking, our daughter is on
the swim team and both kids play the basic american sports
including soccer.
* My wife likes horses
* Water sports in summer - water skiing, kneeboard
* Religion: Methodist
* Politics: 1 Republican, 1 Democrat (although neither very
active)

Any feedback on the above particularly specific neighborhoods/schools.
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