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The Park Madness Tournament - Help us determine the best park in the Salt Lake valley

Jul 05, 2018 09:25AM ● By Jana Klopsch
By Justin Adams | [email protected]

Let's talk about parks. After all, July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Here in the Salt Lake Valley, we’re lucky to have an abundance of great parks to go enjoy during the summer.

The question we want to ask is, what is the best park in Salt Lake? Obviously that’s a subjective question, so that’s why we’re not going to decide on our own. We’re going to have the people decide.

Starting next week, the sixteen best parks in the valley are going to compete in a tournament bracket. Each matchup winner will be determined by social media voting. We call it, “Park Madness.”

Who will compete for the title of best park in Salt Lake

We selected one park from each of the fifteen cities that we deliver newspapers to (and added Salt Lake City to get to an even 16). We selected the park within each city that had the highest rating on Google. If two parks had the exact same rating, we went with the one that had the highest amount of reviews. 

So without further ado, let's announce the parks. We'll start with the lowest seed and work our way up. (Click on any park for more info, photos, and scouting reports)

16. South Jordan - 
Eastlake Park (4.3/5 stars on Google, 14 reviews)

15. Midvale - 
Bingham Junction Park (4.3/5 stars, 31 reviews)

14. South Salt Lake - 
Fitts Park (4.3/5 stars, 161 reviews)

13. West Valley - 
Centennial Park (4.3/5 stars, 322 reviews)

12. Taylorsville - 
T. John Labrum Memorial Park (4.5/5 stars, 59 reviews)

11. Herriman - 
W&M Butterfield Park (4.5/5 stars, 120 reviews)

10. Holladay - 
Creekside Park (4.5/5 stars, 222 reviews)

9. Sandy - 
Dimple Dell Park (4.6/5 stars, 192 reviews)

8. Draper - 
Draper City Park (4.6/5 stars, 497 reviews)

7. West Jordan - 
Veterans Memorial Park (4.6/5 stars, 603 reviews)

6. Murray - 
Murray Park (4.6/5 stars, 1,221 reviews)

5. Sugar House - 
Sugar House Park (4.6/5 stars, 1,262 reviews)

4. Cottonwood Heights - 
Mountview Park (4.7/5 stars, 251 reviews)

3. Riverton - 
Riverton City Park (4.7/5 stars, 307 reviews)

2. Bluffdale - 
Wardle Fields Regional Park (4.7/5 stars, 334 reviews)

1. Salt Lake City - 
Memory Grove Park (4.7/5 stars, 601 reviews)

Voting will take place starting next week on both Facebook and Twitter. Make sure you're following the City Journal page of whichever city you want to win so you don't miss the poll. 

Round of 16 voting: July 9 - 11

Round of 8 voting: July 12 - 14

Final Four voting: July 16 - 18

Finals voting: July 19 - 21

Winner announced: July 23