See the winners of SLC’s Ballpark Next competition. Will any of them make the final cut?

The big question remains: What will the city ultimately do at the Salt Lake Bees’ soon-to-be-former home.

(Salt Lake City, Nicholas Tate Barney) The proposed layout of The Ballpark, a group of Utah State University landscape architecture students' submission to the Ballpark Next competition. The proposal took first place in the contest's student category.

After two months of accepting submissions, weeks of sifting through the most compelling ideas, and 10 days of allowing the public to cast votes, Salt Lake City’s Ballpark Next design competition came to an end Wednesday with the announcement of three winners.

The city launched the competition in January, the same day The Larry H. Miller Co. announced it would move its minor league Salt Lake Bees baseball team to South Jordan’s Daybreak after the 2024 season.

In all, the city received 123 submissions pitching ideas for the future of the site at 1300 South and West Temple, where the Bees have played for decades.

[Read more • See all the submissions to the Ballpark Next design competition. Which do you like best?]

Since public voting for the contest opened May 16, the city tabulated about 4,600 votes across nine finalists in three categories.

“This competition has garnered a multitude of ideas and concepts that will provide inspiration for the ballpark site’s future,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a news release. “Salt Lakers, especially engaged residents in the Ballpark neighborhood, are unequivocally passionate, creative and insightful.”

The victor of the professional category will receive $15,000, the winner of the student category will receive $10,000, and the residential category’s top finisher will get $5,000.

Here’s who is walking away with the dough:

Professional category winner: She Plays Here Ballpark

(Salt Lake City, Tessa Arneson) The proposed layout of She Plays Here Ballpark, Maven District's submission to the Ballpark Next competition. The proposal took first in the professional category of the contest.

Maven District led a proposal with Colmena Group and Kimball Investment Co. that would transform the existing ballpark into a venue for women’s sports. The design calls for creating a rectangular field on the existing playing surface, leaving enough space in the right field corner for a softball stadium.

The proposal calls for using West Temple as a festival street, adding a library on Main Street, creating space for food trucks and turning the parcel north of 1300 South into a development with offices, shops, a day care, a business incubator, green space, and a parking structure with a green rooftop.

Student category winner: The Ballpark

(Salt Lake City, Nicholas Tate Barney) The proposed layout of The Ballpark, a group of Utah State University landscape architecture students' submission to the Ballpark Next competition. The Ballpark took first place in the student category of the contest.

The concept — dubbed The Ballpark — from Utah State University students Nicholas Tate Barney, Jacob Owen Huff and Logan Hall also would leave the stadium standing and repurpose it as a home to shops and restaurants. It would turn the infield into a courtyard and convert the outfield into an area with an ice-skating ribbon and walking trail.

Across 1300 South would be a residential development, called “The Dugout,” that would be connected to the stadium by a pedestrian bridge.

Residential category winner: SKYGARDEN

(Salt Lake City, Oscar Arvizu) A sketch of SKYGARDEN, Oscar Arvizu's submission to the Ballpark Next competition. Arvizu won the contest's category for Utah residents.

Oscar Arvizu’s SKYGARDEN concept would use the stadium’s existing footprint and feature shops and restaurants with an elevated park above. The outfield would be home to a large biodome that would be open to visitors year-round. Arvizu says the concept may be able to use some of the existing ballpark.

What comes next?

During the next few months, the city will continue its public engagement efforts by gathering additional community feedback.

“The conclusion of the Ballpark Next design competition,” Mendenhall said, “marks the beginning of what will be a robust community engagement process that will include many opportunities for public involvement.”

City officials intend to issue an official request for development proposals by year’s end.

There’s no guarantee that the ideas from the finalists will be incorporated into the final development.

Above anything, the mayor has said she wants to see the site generate activity in the neighborhood year-round, not just during baseball season.

Editor’s note • Tessa Arneson, founder and CEO of Maven District, is a member of the nonprofit Salt Lake Tribune’s board of directors.