Healing The Pioneer Park and Rio Grande Communities

We Are The Pioneer Park Coalition

We Are Your Neighbors

We are a community consisting of public, private, non-profit organizations, and concerned citizens aiming to improve the quality of life in the Rio Grande District by developing sustainable solutions and honestly addressing the issue of homelessness in the area.

We Are Collaborators

The Pioneer Park Coalition worked tirelessly with Collective Impact in order to allocate  $27,000,000 from the Utah State Legislature toward the creation of additional homeless facilities.

We Are Community Leaders

The Pioneer Park Coalition drove the issue of homelessness within Downtown Salt Lake City into the forefront of political discussion over the last few years, advocating in the best interest of The Rio Grande District every step of the way.

And We're Just Getting Started.

Historically,

the Rio Grande District has been a shining beacon in Salt Lake City. The museum, Pioneer Park, downtown businesses and restaurants provide a vibrant daytime economy and exciting night life that attracts tourists from around the world and Utahans across the state.

As of late,

a disproportionate population suffering from homelessness has begun to occupy the Rio Grande District. With a lack of sufficient services and massive overcrowding, the downtown community is not equipped to adequately address their needs. As a result, the District is spiraling downward, with all members of the community feeling frustrated and discouraged.

Our Goals

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

-Albert Einstein

The Pioneer Park Coalition's goal is to renovate and recreate Pioneer Park and the surrounding district, transforming it into a world-renowned, sustainable, family-friendly, and most of all, safe destination, which reflects the values of Salt Lake City.

Our coalition is powerful and growing, gaining momentum in the local community among business owners and public officials. With this influence, we will activate and organize the community in a dual role. Working side by side with public and private sectors, we will resolve specific issues surrounding Pioneer Park, focusing on finding and implementing solutions.  We will also serve as a community voice for the unique local issues facing Pioneer Park.

We are not just offering up vague visions for the future. We plan to create and implement a master plan for not only the vision, but also the construction and operation of a new Pioneer Park.

With overcrowding at the local shelter, it can be next to impossible for homeless in the area to find a bed at night.

"Rather than just put a Band-Aid on it or doing the same thing over and over and over and expecting different results, let’s see if we can change things."

- Mike Brown, Salt Lake City Chief Of Police.

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