Located at 700 East and 900 South in Salt Lake City, Liberty Park is the second largest urban park in the state of Utah. It is comprised of 80 acres and features large grassy areas, along with trees, and a pond with two islands. Brigham Young originally owned the land where Liberty Park is located; it was Young who planted the many variety of trees that now populate this city park. In the mid 19th century the area was known as Mill Farm, Forest Park and Locust Patch, but in 1881 the city purchased the land and opened it up to the public for recreational use in June of 1882. The city Zoo was originally located in Liberty Park until it was moved to its current location and renamed Hogle Zoo.
Some of the amenities that visitors will find at Liberty Park include restrooms; a bowery, playgrounds, a concession stand, swimming pool, and children's play area. You will also find picnic areas, as well as horseshoe pits, a basketball court, tennis courts, volleyball courts. Liberty Park is the location of Tracy Aviary, a bird sanctuary that is open to the public. The park is also the home of the Chase Museum, and the Seven Canyon fountain.
Liberty Park is considered the premier park in Utah for children's recreation. In addition its many other attractions, there is a small amusement park for children, as well as paddleboat rentals. The playground features slides, games, swings, sandboxes, and a tree house that is accessible to all children, including those with disabilities.
During the warm months, Liberty Park is a popular destination for people to gather; it is also the location of several different events that are held throughout the year. On July 24, the park is the site where Salt Lake City hosts a fireworks display in celebration of Pioneer Days, in addition there are often Native American Powwows held in the park during the summer.
Another attraction at Liberty Park is the Concert in the Park events sponsored by the Utah Arts Council. During the summer months a concert and dance is held weekly at Liberty Park. Each concert focuses on a different culture. Some of the past concerts at Liberty Park include Russian Music by the Salt Lake Russian Performing Group, and North African and Middle Eastern Music performed by Bazeen.
Liberty Park is open all year long from dawn to dusk.