The Gallivan Center

200 to 300 South, between Main and State Streets
Salt Lake City, UT

Submitted by: John Pace

A public plaza in the downtown Central Business District.

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Why It Works

Gallivan Center is a 5-acre park with public art, skating rink, performance stage and a variety of places to sit and eat, think, people watch, enjoy a concert, watch skaters. It is a delightful respite in the heart of the city. It provides mid block accesses through SLC's 10 acre blocks and is ADA accessible.

What Makes The Gallivan Center a Great Place?

The Gallivan Center is accessible from the entire City through a variety of types of approaches, and from all directions. It has a light rail transit stop to the west, and bus stops on three sides. Inviting pedestrian access is available; walkways and pedestrian surfaces are 12"x12" granite and precast pavers.

The space is welcoming from the perimeter and within. There is a good mix of people, gender and socio-economic groups. Maintenance and security staffs are on site. Motorized vehicles are not permitted, although it is built over a three level, 2000-car parking structure. There are attractive changes of levels in the surface, and it is fully ADA accessible. The site is used for various concerts, performances, private parties, informal gathering and special events. It is the focus of First Night celebrations.

Very well used. A grassy plot, the site for a proposed restaurant, is currently used for public markets, concert viewing, sunning and picnics. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Budweiser used this entire site as their center of activity.

I do meet my friends here, as do others. I frequently choose to dine at a restaurant that overlooks and spills out into the plaza. People come from various parts of the city to show off the plaza and to participate in the events.

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John E. Pace, AIA

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