Accomplishments

Holladay 2023 Accomplishments

Elected officials and staff worked hard in 2023 to better serve Holladay residents in various aspects. The City appreciates your continued support; below are some of the meaningful efforts we’re proud to share with you. We look forward to another year committed to our community. 

Public Works & Facilities - Improved infrastructure in Holladay with various projects:

    • Repaved various streets including Holladay Blvd. from the Village to 6200 S; Murray Holladay Rd from 1950 E to 2225 E; and numerous residential roads.
    • Constructed a new crosswalk and overhead pedestrian flashing signal on Murray Holladay Rd and 4705 S.
    • Reconstructed the north corner at the intersection of Lisa Dr and Nila Way to increase safety and function.
    • Completed three storm drain extension projects to mitigate flooding risks.
    • Installed several new catch basins to manage stormwater and mitigate excessive ponding.
    • Rehabilitated Holladay Blvd bridge over the Salt Lake and Jordan Canal, the Murray Holladay Blvd bridge also over the Salt Lake and Jordan Canal, and the Bramble Way bridge over the Upper Canal.
    • Made substantial progress on ensuring City Hall remains a safe and functional building by working with a structural engineer to conduct a seismic evaluation, and an architect to provide efficient space planning to meet current and future needs. The City is also exploring grants to help offset project costs.
    • Worked with Granite School Dist. to develop the now closed Spring Lane Elementary into a public park.
    • Hosted skate camp sessions to foster a positive and responsible skate culture in Holladay.

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness 

    • Night Out Against Crime returned for the first time since the pandemic.
    • Successfully navigated a potential spring flooding risk after a banner year of snowpack.
    • Honored the officers, firefighters, and EMS through a public safety appreciation week.

Community Building & Economic Development

    • Hosted visits with Senator Mitt Romney and Representative John Curtis.
    • Honored eight individuals and one organization for their acts of volunteerism and service with a Helping Hands of Holladay award.
    • Established Friends of Holladay to build community partnerships and fundraise for projects such as the skatepark lighting, the concert stage, and the historical exhibits project.
    • Organized a Community Comfort Drive to support patients of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. 
    • Successfully reported on efforts to improve the city’s moderate-income housing in accordance with provisions approved by the State Legislature in HB 462.
    • Interviewed to appoint two new Planning Commissioners.
    • Interviewed to appoint six new members to the Holladay Design Review Board.
    • Assisted organizers with the first annual United in Love community event.
    • Hired a new Economic and Housing Manager.
    • Established online mapping resources for the City website.
    • Improved building permit process and issued new permits (751 Building, 182 Public Works).

Grant-Funded Projects

  • Completed
    • Murray-Holladay Rd at 4705 S. Full-Stop Pedestrian Crossing and Road Alignment Improvement (Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)-TAP to State).
    • I-215 Active Transportation Trail Study, aka Knudsen Connection (Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC -TLC).
    • Public Art Sculpture in Holladay Village Plaza (SLCounty Tourism, Recreation, Culture & Convention (TRCC).
  • New Grant Awards ($8,663,755; grant amount noted, not full project cost)
    • Phase I, 2700 E Sidewalk Fill-In (UDOT-TAP — $300,000).
    • Highland Drive Bridge over Big Cottonwood Creek (UDOT-BRR — $7,100,000).
    • Citywide Signal Optimization Enhancements (Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)--CRP — $1,074,755).
    • City Park Skatepark Sports Lighting and Trellis Columns Refurbishments (SLCounty Tourism, Recreation, Culture & Convention (TRCC)— $125,000).
    • 4500 South at Highland Drive Right-of-Way Acquisition (SLCo-Corridor Preservation — $64,000).
  • Active Grant-Funded Projects
    • Holladay General Plan Update (Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)--TLC).
    • 4500 S at Highland Dr Intersection Improvement (Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)--CMAQ).
    • 3900 S Separated Multi-Use Path Design (SLCo-Transportation Choice).
    • Wasatch Blvd Enhanced Bike Lake Construction from 4500 S to 6200 S (SLCo-Transportation Choice).
    • 5600 S Bridge over Jordan and Salt Lake Canal (UDOT-BRR).
    • Historical Exhibits Experiences (SLCounty Tourism, Recreation, Culture & Convention (TRCC).

Sustainability

    • City Council approved the Utah Renewable Communities Utility Agreement with Rocky Mountain Power in preparation for a program application with the Utah Public Services Commission.

Arts Council - Arts Council served a total of 18,645 people with multiple events:

    • Events included an exhibit on suffragettes in partnership with the library, two magic shows, a children’s theater workshop and performance, a holiday concert with your bell ringers, and the Holladay Reflections in Dance concert in April. 
    • Tiny Art in February featured a record amount of art, followed by the annual Fine Art Show in March. We also saw an Arbor Day exhibit and hosted the Utah Watercolor Society. 
    • Arts Council also hosted nine summer concerts at Holladay City Park (with over 15,000 attendees), which included a community favorite, the Blue Moon Festival. 
    • The year wrapped up with the fourth annual Chalk Our Walk contest in September, the Plaza Fest and Plein Air exhibit in October, and a wreath-making class in December.
    • The installation of Susan Zoccola’s Gathering—a public art piece in Holladay Village—was an exciting addition to the City. 

Committees

    • We hosted a “Dog-tail” event with Salt Lake County Animal Services to celebrate their 10-year anniversary as a no-kill shelter. Animal Services also provided new pet scanners to Holladay City Hall, UPD, UFA, and Code Enforcement to help reunite lost pets with their owners more quickly.
    • Holladay earned a Utah Healthy Communities designation for its work to improve the public health of its residents. The Happy Healthy Holladay Coalition kicked off its inaugural strategic planning process, and hosted community events—like a jump rope demo, and various classes—like CPR and suicide prevention.
    • The Holladay Historical Commission sponsored five speakers’ series presentations, held their first annual preservation month highlighting the historic homes and other buildings, and saw the return of their beloved History Night in October.
    • The Tree Committee led community celebrations with local schools to mark Arbor Day and Earth Day. They also kicked off a popular Tree Talk series at the library and completed another successful tree giveaway event.
    • This year we also saw the transition from the Holladay Chamber of Commerce to the new Holladay Business Advisory Board.