Open Space, Trails, Parks and Trees Advisory Committee

Introduction

As part of Heber City’s community priorities Heber City has established the Heber City Open Space and Trails Committee to help guide Heber City staff and elected officials in the preservation of open space, and the development/maintenance of Heber City’s growing trails system.  As part of the $10 million open space bond Wasatch County voters passed in 2018 and the Wasatch County Open Space Code; Heber City has direct influence over a percentage of these open space funds based in proportion with the taxable value derived from properties in Heber City.  Applications recommended by the Heber City Open Space and Trails Committee and subsequently the Heber City Council will be given priority in the Wasatch County legislative body’s decision to use Wasatch County Open Space Bond revenue.  

Vision Statement

The Heber City Open Space, Trails, Parks and Trees Advisory Committee commits to sustain, preserve, and expand Heber Valley’s cherished system of parks, trails, and open spaces for the purpose of enhancing our residents’ quality of life, for protecting the historic, scenic, ecological and geological value of our community, and to promote a healthy balance preserving the community’s rural character especially during times of economic and developmental growth.

Highlights

  • Muirfield Park expansion: In August 2021, Heber City purchased 4.25 acres of open space in the North Fields adjacent to Muirfield Park on 200 W. In addition, Heber City has submitted a Notice of Interest to the Wasatch Open Lands Board in hopes to purchase an additional 10 acres of adjacent open space. If approved, Muirfield Park will expand to include passive recreation and will provide the only public access to the coveted North Fields!
  • I Care About Heber Air: In August 2021, Heber City passed a Clean Air ordinance. See kpcw’s coverage here, and read the new ordinance listed down below: Heber City Ordinances Promote Clean Air And Dark Sky | KPCW
  • Christensen Farms New Park: in May 2021, it was announced a new park will be built in the Christensen Farms development on 12th S and 18th E. Great news - we’ll keep our eyes open!!
  • Wasatch County Trail Master Map: See here for a comprehensive map of all the best trails in our beautiful valley! Heber Valley Mountain Biking Trails | Trailforks
  • Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant: Heber City’s Open Space Committee and Wasatch County worked together to receive a $160,000 grant to build a new trailhead in Jordanelle State Park and to complete the Perimeter Trail! Our committee also worked with Wasatch Trails Foundation to receive a Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant to connect the WOW trail to the Bonanza Flats Trail System! Beautiful!
  • Momentum Development: Along with Momentum Development, we’ve assisted with the relocation of the Lower Riverview Trail in preparation for the Jordanelle Village development and have added almost 10 miles of backcountry trails to the existing Coyote Trail System. The more, the merrier!
  • Heber City was recognized as a Tree City USA for 2020 (PDF). To receive the award, Heber City needed to do 4 things: Establish a Tree Board, Adopt a tree ordinance, Expend at least $2 per capita on a community forestry program, and Observe Arbor Day (PDF)
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Responsibilities

The Open Space, Trails, Parks and Trees Advisory Committee serves as the Tree Board. This committee established a Tree Advisory Subcommittee to assist with the duties of the Tree Board in administering the city's tree ordinance. There are currently six volunteers who serve on the Tree Advisory Subcommittee.