The Salt Lake City Council is inviting public comment on a proposed 2020-21 budget amendment that would provide funding to renovate the historic Fisher Mansion Carriage House into a recreation hub and create a redevelopment plan for the former Glendale water park.
The City Council will listen to public comment during a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.
The original approved budget to renovate the Fisher Mansion Carriage House — located on 200 South near the Jordan River — was $1,378,764, according to City Council documents, with a new funding request of $2,172,496. The City Council staff report says increased costs are largely due to the renovations the building needs — including plumbing and electrical upgrades, as well as preservation of historic windows and doors — and increased costs for a planned public exhibit space.
The Fisher Mansion Carriage House project envisions the building as a hub for recreation on the Jordan River, and includes plans to convert part of the first floor into a public exploration center that would display exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Jordan River. The building would also be a jumping-off point for a nearby boat ramp.
Another part of the budget amendment includes a $225,000 request from the Parks & Public Lands Division to hire a consultant to write a development plan for the run-down Glendale water park, formerly known as the Wild Wave and Seven Peaks, which closed down in 2018. According to the city, a recent survey found about half of the respondents support finding a new use for the site. The City Council staff report notes that with a price tag of at least $20 million, it might be too expensive to fully restore the water park — but some of its components might be reusable.
The development plan would include an analysis of the site, developing concepts and alternatives for the park, and defining a community vision for the park.
Read the full Salt Lake City Council meeting agenda here.